Sensitive New Age Guy
Are you a lonesome city guy who longs to be part of a close-knit community? Well, look no further. Males are weaving their way into pursuits traditionally thought of as feminine and really learning to get in touch with their warm and fuzzy sides.
New York Knitters is a men-only group that meets at the pub every Friday night arguably a traditionally male pursuit. The only difference is these guys are bonding over beer, needles and a couple of balls of yarn. The men are learning to knit.
Its a great way for the men to get together and unwind not just the yarn, but the stresses of the day. Chatting about their latest love pursuits over the clicking of needles and the clinking of glasses is a sure-fire remedy for tension.
And according to knitting instructor Amy Keller, the boys can knit one and purl two with the best of them. Men tend to be a little competitive and aim for the harder patterns. Scarves, potholders, hats and sweaters flow from the needles of the men who are at varying stages of knitting know-how, from beginner to professional.
Some of the guys find the repetitive action of knitting very meditative and relaxing. But instead of sitting down to meditate by doing nothing, this way they come away with a little something.
“It relaxes me, it’s very … it’s got a meditative quality. I’ve tried meditation and it feels like I’m wasting my time, but this is meditative and relaxing but I produce something.”
… be it a bootie or a scarf.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, men in the UK are hopping on the sensitive, new-age guy bandwagon as well, only this time, theyre exploring their feminine sides at finishing school. There is no finer way to ease the stresses of a modern relationship than by knowing how to iron, set a table, sew, and generally mind your manners. The loutish, beer-chugging English laddishness is left far behind as the men learn the fine art of deportment.
But this finishing academy is not for nancy boys. Traditionally masculine pursuits, such as clay pigeon shooting and fly fishing, are all part of the three day etiquette intensive.
“We can’t teach somebody to fish in an hour but we can give them a very good idea whether they like that sort of thing, so yes, they can go get some lessons or go and fish somewhere else, and a lot of them have done.”
Men from many countries come to learn better behaviour from the worlds number one finishing school. Hoping to procure better jobs and positions in society, the men learn to live by the old adage manners maketh the man. Power handshakes and how to play the high society game are top of the list of lessons.
So what will a Makeover for Male Manners set you back? A mere 650 pounds. Its a small amount to pay for the gift of good manners which are ageless, priceless and classless, according to instructors at the finishing academy.
Far from popular belief, most women these days still want that charismatic knight in shining armour. So if you want to be in with the best chance to impress the ladies, you have to be an all-rounder. A man who can walk tall, shoot straight and knit a mean sweater is the man of tomorrow.