What Makes a Man a Man?

Today, let’s start off with a multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanker…

If you hang around a particular, video sharing platform for more than three minutes, tops, you’re bound to bump into an oddball who’s “occupation” is best described as _________:

  • A. adman
  • B. madman
  • C. nadman
  • D. all the above

If you chose “D”, go to the head of the class.

Typically, his insufferable ads begin with him spilling his spiel…

“Testosterone is what makes a man a man.”

Typically, his “well duh” “revelation” triggers my recollection of an apt, bygone, screenplay retort…

“Geeze, you figured that out Sherlock.”

Actor Jack Lemmon • Character John Gustafson • From film Grumpy Old Men

Seriously, what middle school graduate wouldn’t already know that?

This nameless dude (Hey, let’s call him Sherlock) actually considers himself to be some sorta leading authority on… on…

Well, while I won’t aid and abet his con by working his side of the street, suffice to say, he’s been doing his damnedest to sucker in gullible, roly-poly, past middle age guys, who’ve been “hanging” around whatever love nest(s) they’ve been frequenting.

Anyway, Sherlock appears oblivious to how his speaking with authority is only coming across as off-putting arrogance. And, seeing how he neither trots out a medical degree nor, bare minimum, dons a white lab coat, it’s highly unlikely he’s a qualified physician or even a dietician.

Oh, by the bye, his on cam attire is way too dress casual. He’s nearly in the buff (topless) (and no buff bodybuilder is he).

Truth be told, a Saturday Night Live, hilarious send-up could not upstage what he does in dead seriousness.

To keep it all real, Sherlock has been manufacturing a solution to a problem that’s a non-problem. Stripping this down to the bare-bones, Mother Nature prefers her procreators to be physically fit and under age 40. And therein is the main reason why she slows 40+ guys down.

Yeah, sure, most couples do know that it’s not always about making babies; that there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with people staying active up till the very end.

Yet, Ma Nature would disagree.

Going beyond that, the way Sherlock demeans the male gender is offensive to me. I do consider myself more than a “Y” chromosome.

In spite of that, what’s truly astounding, here, is how Sherlock has, actually, inadvertently, sleuthed the very, driving force that, from time immemorial, has hammered in needless, incalculable human suffering; the bloody, no-win wars, torture, sexual violence, enslavement, ethnic cleansing, persecution, hyperpartisanship, workplace posturing, road rage, anti-maskism, anti-vaxxism, Trumpism, etc.:

“Testosterone is what makes a man a man.”



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Sunday Song Series “Bares” It All


I welcome you to week #14 of our Sunday Song Series. Once upon a time, the late Scott Weiland (musician / singer / songwriter of the 1990s band Stone Temple Pilots) spoke of this week’s musical offering…

Naked Sunday is about organized religion. About people who tell others what to do and what to believe. They switch off people’s minds and control the masses. It gives me a feeling of isolation, when I think about it. Organized religion does not view everyone as equals.”

When I think about it, too, I feel a need to expound / expand on Mr. Weiland’s sentiments. Let’s consider the devastating effect, which terrorists, televangelists and pedophile priests have had on organized religion… the multiple thousands of lives they’ve ruined. OBVIOUSLY, their deplorable and/or deadly deeds, can never solve any of our worldly woes… only severely worsen those that already exist and even add more to that already too long list.

It beats the hell out of me how anyone could ever believe that persecution, perversion, violence and homicide / mass murder could ever result in the betterment of humankind. The only thing worse than their attempting to add fine print clauses to abrogaate a commandment such as Thou Shalt NOT Kill is for them to attract “disciples” who’ll blindly follow them to the ends of the Earth. Each and every time that occurs, that’s one step closer to the end of Earth.

Look, I’m not saying organized religion is intrinsically bad… so long as the devout keep it all in the proper perspective.

It matters not which respectable religious sect strengthens / elevates our souls… so long as it also strengthens / elevates our interpersonal relationships and, eventually, society as a whole.

To successfully accomplish this, people must understand that our Creator is not a slacker who’d ever need to outsource tasks to mere mortals. And, since no, one, respectable religion is better than the other, our Creator does not expect us to proselytize either.

So what, pray tell, should be the duty of the devout?

Doncha think that living the Golden Rule would suffice? Hell, that can and does work out fine for agnostics / atheists, too!

Our Sunday Song Series will continue seven days from now.