Every November, People Magazine comes out with an issue that gets everyone standing in grocery lines all up in a tizzy. It has been happening since Mel Gibson first took home the honor back in 1985. That issue is called People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. Throughout the years, the list has included studs such as Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, and the sexiest of sexy – Nick Nolte.
Have you ever seen someone gush about the person on the cover? I have and every year I listen to debates about who should (or shouldn’t) make the list. We are quite a bit away from November, so I think I have plenty of time to make a case for the next cover. Are you ready for it? The Sexiest Man Alive for 2013 should be . . . The Stay-at-Home Dad!
I’ve overheard many conversations where a woman says something along the lines of, “give me a man any day that’ll do the dishes and cook a meal.” Occasionally on Facebook or Twitter, I’ll see a post from someone that describes their idea of sexy. The update or post usually mentions a man that does laundry, cooks, and cleans. At times there is even a picture depicting a man wearing an apron and ironing a shirt, all while sporting a giant grin on his face. Giddy fingers push “like” buttons and the post is shared around from screen to screen.
Here’s the thing though. There are a group of men out there that do these things. And most of the time, we do it without any recognition at all. Do we get a magazine cover? Nope, we usually get dirty socks at home and dirty looks at the playground. Do we have the chiseled chin of 1987’s Harry Hamlin or the six pack abs of Mathew McConaughey? Well, some do, but most of us don’t. That’s because we’re too freakin’ busy to do one crunch, let alone two thousand. And working on those biceps? Hard to do while preparing food, changing diapers, cleaning – do I need go on? I could you know. Instead of lusting over men oiled up with Baby Oil, how about desiring the men that are actually holding the baby?
Do you really think that a man that does housework and looks after children is sexy? I don’t believe you, but if you do, how about participating in a write-in vote to People Magazine and say you’ve got a candidate… The Stay-at-Home dad.
I can live with that title, “The Sexiest Man Alive.”