October 20th, 2010
The Sizzle Query: Musings On Manlove
Denmark’s Simon Kjaer & Thomas Sorensen get close. (AP Photo/Daylife)
What is it about the presence of grass, bits of wood and inflated spheres that allow men to throw off the usual trappings of masculinity and snog each others faces off? Where else (apart from in bars at 2am after too much jagerbombing) are such expressions of happiness and joy accepted without comment or insinuation?
Oh, football is a wonderful place, no?
This website loves itself a bit of manlove. Regular visitors will know this. Whether it’s a budding bromance, an established life partnership (left) or a quick n’dirty snog after a goal, the whole shebang is a collective pool of loveliness to us.
But why? What is it about two hot guys showin’ the love that makes us dribble? We’ve considered this over Kickette Cake-Break (a new, regular feature of our day which may or may not result in fewer posts while we recover from excessive consumption of icing sugar) and have decided it’s because we don’t hold with gender stereotypes.
You see, it would severely inhibit our perving options to only lust after men exhibiting traditional masculine traits such as brute strength, a large beard and/or pride in emotional isolation. Our policy? If you look good in a pair of shorts, you’re in. If you look good in a pair of shorts AND are sufficiently comfortable in your sexuality to get close to your boys without fear that some asshat will accuse you of being gay, you’re moving in. A torso like this is merely a bonus. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Right, Kickettes. Nail files down. Tell us why the manlove rings your bell. Who are you favourite bromance buddies? Does the matter inspire deep existential consideration? Or are you just a simple lech? We’re waiting for your thoughts.
In case anyone is unclear, we’re talking about heterosexual men expressing simple platonic affection towards one another. Anyone unable to cope with the subtlety of this concept and feeling the urge to utilise the word ‘gay’ in a comment with a derogatory tone should probably head back to kindergarten. This is the area for grown-ups.