While assumption has always been that the kitchen is the realm of women, there are few things as masculine as preparing food that you’ve provided. I have an uncle who practically wouldn’t allow his wife to cook because he took so much pride in his culinary creations.
If you are a cooking man, your kitchen should reflect that. After all, it’s part of your castle and should appear that way.
Feminists and misandrists can talk about all the negative connotations between men and violence, but violence is a necessary part of life. We’re just lucky enough to live in a time when we outsource our violence to police and slaughter yards. But if/when things take a turn for the worse, individual men may be responsible for their own violence again and it will be something we had damn well better be able to control.
So until then, proudly display your knives or whatever manly things you can find that are associated with your cooking. Not only does it look better, you’ll probably have easier access as well.
And for those of you who aren’t Top Chef material but want to be, check out Chef in Jeans.
There should be nothing childish about the way a man dresses. The same goes with the car he drives or the office in which he works. These are all the realms of serious business and should be taken seriously. But when a man comes home, he should be able to embrace an element of the little boy he used to be.
I found this picture yesterday and it immediately appealed to me. In my head this man grew up in California and was obsessed with the movie Jaws when it came out. He couldn’t stop watching it even though he couldn’t sleep at night after doing so and the movie fostered a deep obsession with all predatory sea animals. This man had books about sharks and posters in his room. Whenever he’d go to the beach he’d get in the water with a mix of trepidation and excitement, both hoping for and against a shark sighting that day.
The story is probably false, but if it were true, I bet this man grins every time he sees that drawing on his wall.
I’ll do the same with a big dinosaur in my home because when I was four I’d tell everyone I was going to be a paleontologist when I grew up and I can only look back on that aspect of my childhood with fondness. I want that waiting for me when I get home each day.
Some things are just simple and beautiful. This is one of them.
There is not a single practical use for this in your home. Even the hipster axes that are hand painted and cost $500 are still functional. But this beauty is just there to look at. I would love to hang this up in my living room – especially over a fireplace.
Check out these pint-size metal cups. Obviously a bit pricier than the Solo option, but no one really likes the frat-boy aesthetic anyway. These things will take a beating.
One of the defining characteristics that separates men from boys is the acceptance and embrace of responsibility. For some this means marriage and children. For others it means traveling the world and being beholden to no one but yourself. Unless you live in a hole or spend most of your time in hostels and hotel rooms, you most likely will have a kitchen, and part of the responsibility of having a kitchen – even if it’s just in a studio apartment – is having a fire extinguisher. Hopefully it’s something you’ll never have to use, but that’s the whole “responsibility” thing kicking in again.
If you’re like most men, you will have one and you’ll keep it somewhere near the oven and readily accessible. For many of us, this means keeps your extinguisher out in the open. So rather than having some modern eye sore with all the warning labels and legal language, try picking up something that works well and looks good. Like this.
Unfortunately I have no idea where to buy this or even how well it works, but I’m going to assume it does work well. Wouldn’t that look so much better beneath your cupboard?