I've often heard of this expression, and someone actually used it to me recently. I think I have a good idea of what is meant by it but, when I tried to define what it meant, I stumbled.
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I've often heard of this expression, and someone actually used it to me recently. I think I have a good idea of what is meant by it but, when I tried to define what it meant, I stumbled.

It's been used different ways, but what I think is a safe definition is "the kind of man who is admired by other men, the kind of man that other men would like to be like."
There was a longish thread on it recently, but the Google Groups search turns up surprisingly many uses of it here in the last six months, and I don't know which one is that discussion.

Best Donna Richoux
There was a longish thread on it recently, but the Google Groupssearch turns up surprisingly many uses of it here in the last six months, andI don't know which one is that discussion.

Thank you.
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I've often heard of this expression, and someone actually used ... when I tried to define what it meant, I stumbled.

It's been used different ways, but what I think is a safe definition is "the kind of man who is ... surprisingly many uses of it here in the last six months, and I don't know which one is that discussion.

It's one variation on an established pattern.
A doctor's doctor is a doctor who's eminently qualified and widely respected by other doctors..
A hardware man's hardware store is one that is markedly superior to the general run of hardware stores.
I've heard each of those two sometime in the past four-score years.
A man's man should be a man who's recognized by other men as having the attributes of masculinity to a markedly superior degree.
It's been used different ways, but what I think is ... months, and I don't know which one is that discussion.

It's one variation on an established pattern. A doctor's doctor is a doctor who's eminently qualified and widely respected by ... should be a man who's recognized by other men as having the attributes of masculinity to a markedly superior degree.

But what are the "attributes of masculinity"? Is a man's man one who never, ever, leaves the toilet seat down? Or can even a girly man be a man's man if enough of the other men doing the judging are all metrosexuals?

Ross Howard
But what are the "attributes of masculinity"? Is a man's man one who never, ever, leaves the toilet seat down? Or can even a girly man be a man's man if enough of the other men doing the judging are all metrosexuals?

What makes someone a man's man is in the judgement of the person who uses the term "man's man." It's their call.

Best Donna Richoux
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Why not? In order to achieve distinction the m.m. may have to aspire to the further subclass of man's man's man. I'm a little surprised that feminists have left "girly man" unreproved: not that they would feel obliged to defend any man from Spiny Arnold; but the contempt attached to the word "girly" must surely rankle.
What makes someone a man's man is in the judgement of the person who uses the term "man's man." It's their call.

When the man's man calls it about himself, as in the header, he often means that he isn't much given to those little details that women like and admire, like good manners and clean underwear. CDB
But what are the "attributes of masculinity"? Is a man's man one who never, ever, leaves the toilet seat down? Or can even a girly man be a man's man if enough of the other men doing the judging are all metrosexuals?

A man's man is polite about it, but does not waste his time on questions like these.

Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)
But what are the "attributes of masculinity"? Is a man's ... of the other men doing the judging are all metrosexuals?

What makes someone a man's man is in the judgement of the person who uses the term "man's man." It's their call.

But, anyway, what's a metrosexual?
Okay, I see Wikipedia has an article on it at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrosexual
Coined in 1994.
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