The Mentally Sexy Competition 2011
In our own minds we know the definition of sexy, and for each of us that definition is a little different. Women have always been objects of fascination for men. The keyword there, of course, being objects. We men aren’t completely simian though; I for one care what my wife thinks about my personality, and I care that we can have intelligent conversations. I can’t bear to be around a woman, no matter how physically attractive, who has a bag of marbles for brains. It seems to me like a waste of resources. Natural selection dictates that we should find the smartest, most attractive mate we can. That way we can have genetically superior offspring who have a fighting chance, at some point in their lives, to pass a geometry class. An attractive, yet mentally inferior, woman might be physically entertaining, but that’s about it. If a dumb woman ever gets married, it’s not for the purpose of having kids unless the marriage is to an equally dumb man. I hear your protestations, women. You say, “What about men! Do you think it’s all roses living with you, insufferable Neanderthals?” No, no I don’t. I think living with a pompous blowhard is just as bad as living with Barbie. And, this is where the World’s Most Mentally Sexy Man Competition comes into the story.
The Competition: I’m not hosting this competition. This is the second annual competition hosted by my friend, Clint Greagen, from Reservoir Dad. There will be t-shirts and prizes and everything. It promises to be a lot of good fun.
The competition is a celebration of man’s ability to be something more than a stereotype. As women have been pigeon holed into domestic life throughout the centuries, society has likewise confined men to certain stereotypes. We’re supposed to be grunting and stoic, and take a secondary role in the household. Our kids need us, but expectations aren’t high. If we spend 30 minutes on a Saturday tossing a baseball with our kids, we’re considered a family success. But, what about men who go beyond bringing home the bacon? What about men who attempt to also be everything their families would like them to be, engaging with the kids, attentive to their wives, and conscious of the gears of family life? What makes you attractive to your wife and a superhero to your kids? Have you ever asked yourself? Let’s face it, your wife probably didn’t marry you for your looks. So why did she marry you? At the time that she said yes, she must have had something in mind. A Hint: In most cases, women want cohesive and loving families.
To read more about the competition rules, spirit, and timeline visit the Get Mentally Sexy page on reserviordad.com. Clint has already started to take submissions for this year’s competition. The submissions will begin to be published in the coming months. There will be judges (real judges, not us in other words) and online voting, prizes (see the prizes from last year -here), and fun to be had by all. If you’re a man who thinks you’ve got what it takes, by all means enter a submission yourself. If you’re a woman who thinks your man is fulfilling his mentally sexy role, submit him. You can find the entry form here. The idea is simply to have fun by writing a paragraph or two about why you or your wife thinks you might fit the bill of the world’s most mentally sexy man. It’s completely tongue in cheek, and nobody takes it too seriously. Your family is serious business; this competition is a friendly confluence of likeminded husbands, fathers, soon to be fathers, and the women who want to recognize their uniqueness.
“… a celebration of today’s real new age man: not stereotypically emasculated or wimpy, but caring, careful and committed. It’s not a denial of what most men in Western societies do. It’s an expansion of it: showing how their energy and perseverance can be broadened and enriched; how they can be bigger men, not in waistline, but in spirit. They’re ‘mentally sexy’ because they’ve given their responsibilities and ideals thought, and demonstrated will, intelligence and foresight. It’s an allure of the soul, not just the biceps.” ~ Damon Young