||[Jan. 3rd, 2008|04:22 pm]
stray dog needs good home.
Allow me to speak on a topic that has been long overdue: Straight men and their despicable taste. Now, hear me out. As much as I enjoy rash, sweeping judgments and broad generalizations (especially when it comes to dudes), I will point out now that there are of course exceptions to the rule of what I am about the say. I've had the pleasure of working with some lovely straight dudes who had exceptional taste in home decor and made real, integral efforts to keep their places posh. However, these men have not been the majority. The majority, independent of careers, education levels, or incomes, live -if I may be so blunt- like prison inmates with TVs. All over the country, everywhere you look, are bachelor pads filled with high definition televisions and Playstations in the midst of complete and total aesthetic upheaval.
In this months' Boston Home magazine, Kris Frieswick writes about why the American male's aesthetic is wreaking havoc on their dating life, showing women that these single straight men lack ambition, finesse, and taste: all things that rank high on importance for women. The article points out the theory that maybe men's terrible sense of decorating is not the work of genetic makeup or testosterone levels or even cultural influence so much as pure and simple marketing, or a lack of it. Design and decor has not been well-marketed to men, unlike fashion, technology, and automobiles. There is, it seems, no power in furniture or decorating schemes. This is silly logic, of course, since a great apartment is and always will be a babe-magnet, and sex, as everyone knows, is power.
The Alpha Male shouldn't sleep on a junky futon. See, this is why Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was such a phenomenal concept: it helped men in ways they needed the most. One can't live well when their living quarters need prozac. Design matters.