No, not a lot of duct tape like that, you pervs. I mean there will probably be a lot of duct tape on the man registry* that will precede what some are calling the newest trend in weddings, the man shower. Googling “man showers” — see what I do for you? — brings up plenty of results, which could indeed point to a growing trend. EXCEPT that almost all of the results lead to a single AP article reprinted in papers across the U.S.
The gift-laden dude you see above is Brian Wigand, whose FFIL Jonathan Morris welcomed him into the family by throwing him a man shower as a warm up to, not a substitute for, the traditional bachelor party.
“It seemed like there was a lot of hoopla for the ladies and not too much for the guys,” said Morris of Maple Valley, Wash. “It was really fun, male bonding.”
The males of the Morris family played some football and some Rock Band, threw back some drinks, and generally chilled out. Wigand recently helped plan a man shower for another future groom, and attendees “ate from old license plates, participated in a nail pounding contest and were judged on how manly they wrapped their gifts.” Other dudes get gifty, too, like those of the Dekker family who shower the groom-to-be with tools “wrapped” in the store’s plastic bag.
Personally, I’m all for man showers, the same way I’m all for co-ed showers if that’s the sort of thing you’re into. Man showers are a way for guys to include older relatives like dads and grandpas in some of the pre-wedding festivities when they’re uncomfortable with the notion of inviting their FFIL to a bachelor party. Gifts or no gifts, there’s nothing cooler than getting all your friends and family together for a good time, right?
Need another reason to like man showers? Rush Limbaugh haaaaaates them.
In a truly pathetic news story, this is deeply troubling. We have been talking recently on this program about the chickification of American culture, the feminization of American universities, the chickification of the news business. From the Associated Press, this a story by Melissa Dutton, and this is about man showers.
This is what did it for me in this story: “‘Men also are recognizing that showers are a great way to acquire tools and other necessities needed to maintain a home,’ said Abby Buford,” another woman, “spokeswoman for Lowe’s Home Improvement stores, which launched an online wedding registry in 2006.” So the purpose of the man shower is to teach men how to do housecleaning.
I don’t know about you, but that’s not the impression I got at all. How Limbaugh could deem guys drinking, playing Rock Band, and giving the groom-to-be tools as girly is beyond me.
*Or not — The Beard’s man registry would likely have included a ton of fancy cooking implements and studio equipment.