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Thursday, November 23, 2006
"I'm just one person, you're People!" from FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

So I got this week's double issue: THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE issue. Please. This is the most boring issue of the year. All these pretty boys in Hollywood (exceptions: Hugh Jackman, Craig Daniel, the new Bond & my continual vote in the picture: Colin Firth as Darcy) Back to whining. What is with you, young generation? Why do these men seem so girly? What is attractive about pretty boys? They fight you for the mirror and they steal your hair products, among other issues! I think I could whoop most of them. That's not good, I'm not that tough.

So to the next generation: We gave you Harrison Ford, Johnny Depp, Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis and you give us Ashton Kutcher and Matt Damon? Justin Timberlake? Granted, I'll give you that we let the previous generation down (Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck, William Holden) but just think if it gets any worse!

Here's where I'm going to get unpopular. McDreamy is whiny. Give me Burke any day!

The reason I rant -- besides that there are two weeks of People Magazine with no actual content, is because the roles of men and women are getting so blurred, we can't get good heroes any longer. This scares me because it says a lot about our culture's take on men. As a mother of three boys and one princess in waiting, I want things sorted out. Bring back the alpha male (with a little Beta for decency's sake!) Cavemen need not apply.

Happy Thanksgiving one and all! May God bless your holiday with an abundance of good food, cheer, family, People Magazine with actual content and a steaming, aromatheraputic bath.
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 12:54 PM  
  Comments (24)
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At 11:13 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Hear! Hear! I couldn't agree more.

I still think Gregory Peck was/is the most handsome of all. We're watching TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in grade 9 English. I made a comment about how handsome he was and the whole class went up in arms. Gasp! They thought he was boring and ugly. What is their problem?

Happy Thanksgiving!

At 11:58 PM, Anonymous bethanie said...

mmm colin firth.


i know what you mean, i look at those magazines and i'm like... err... what do you people SEE in him?

and i do sorta like mcdreamy but burke, yes, definitely good there.


At 12:04 AM, Blogger Kayla said...

I would have voted for people like Hugh Laurie or Kiefer Sutherland. All man. YUM.

At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Suzanne Schaffer said...

How about the classic Cary Grant? And my favorite....Pierce Brosnan?

You're right, these newbies got nothin' on the, um.....old guys.

At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Suzanne Schaffer said... mentioned Cary Grant. Hey, it's early here and it's Thanksgiving and I haven't had my caffeine yet....

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

My list of manly men:

Kiefer Sutherland
Will Smith - gentleman thru & thru
Denzel Washington
Clive Owens
and perhaps my all time favorite, because I'm slightly over-hyper about the Gladiator - Russell Crowe

There's a list for you for your Thanksgiving, dear Kristin, sorry I couldn't provide face shots.

Altho - if I'm making a really truthful list, I put down my Daddy and my Hubby. :) - but that list would be mine and mine only! :) :) :)

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Katy said...

Kayla and I will have to fight for the two she mentioned: Kiefer Sutherland and Hugh Laurie.

Even as a scared kid watching the movie "Klute," I was in love with Donald Sutherland, old guy that he was. But Kiefer? Whoa, baby. A (much younger) woman friend of ours at church last week told my hubby he looked like Kiefer (darling cleft in both their chins...) and I've never seen him so happy! ;)

I thought Hugh was kind of funny looking the first time I saw him, but man, I changed my mind FAST. Love him. And I while I don't enjoy George Clooney's politics, I could look at him forever and not grow weary.

Ah, yes. A Happy Thanksgiving so far! ;)

Katy McKenna

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

ROFLOL! GO get 'em Kristin! Suzanne has it - Pierce Brosnin. Swoon! But one of the greats for me was Clarke Gable. Scarlet, get outta my way. :o)

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Katy, with you on George, let us look, but please don't open your mouth. I feel sorry for these stars thinking they can change Darfur with a Walk-a-thon. No clue. Ane, I don't think Scarlet would stand a chance! Speaking of which, I watched GWTW with my daughter the other day -- who is with her mama in liking Ashley over Rhett. She called him scary. LOL Happy Thanksgiving all!

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Katy, you have your husband! Give me Kiefer and Hugh!

Hugh looks really funny in anything without his scruff, I'll grant you that. But oh, as Dr. House...

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Suzanne, did you mention Pierce Brosnan? (Swoon.) I loved him best in the role of Remington Steele, the old tv series. Three more to add to my short list of best-looking actors with TALENT in Hollywood: (1) Cary Grant in TO CATCH A THIEF, (2) Colin Firth in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and (3) Sidney Poitier in A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Sidney P.'s in the double-swoon category. Thanks for mentioning Cary G. and Colin F., Kristin!

At 9:16 PM, Blogger alisa said...

John Krasinski is cute. And not girly. And funny. (He is in the People magazine for most beauitful men) Love me some John Krasinski (if you dont watch the office Kristin you should).

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Hey what about Donny Osmond? Come on, y'all.

Happy Thanksgiving!


At 12:32 PM, Blogger Pammer said...

I have to agree with you. I love the older fellas. Sean Connery and Clint Eastwood included. (Although Clint needs his mouth washed out with soap sometimes.) I like Will Smith and Johnny Depp too (what woman with a pulse doesn't?). There is one new fella I like and that's Orlando Bloom.

I also concur about the lines of gender being blurred to the point that our men don't know what's expected of them. I caught my young neice reciting boy-slamming verses at her brother and I called her card on it. I told her verses in the Bible that explained a man's place.
When I watch tv with my boys, we often go over things that are misrepresented.
I hope your princess in waiting can find a prince charming worthy of her. (Better than the sexiest men alive, of course.) :D

Oh, I haven't commented in a while and I LOVE the new look of the blog!

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Oh I so relate, Kristin! I write chick-lit and it's getting tougher and tougher to find good hunks to compare my heroes too--LOL. Some of the new guys are bony little wisps!

Oh and Rachel--I still have purple, signed Donny Osmond socks! No, I'm not lyin'! lol

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

It's hard for me to believe no one has mentioned Kurt Russell!

I have loved him since I was in third grade (my husband was well aware of that fact when he married me). There's an episode in Hot Flashes & Cold Cream where Maggie refers to coming to blows with Lily for smearing banana on her picture of Kurt Russell. That happened to me. I gave the girl a bloddy nose, by the way. Shocks you to the core, no doubt, but I had a dark side back then . . . .

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Kayla said...


David Boreanaz.

Oh, my goodness. I've never watched Buffy or Angel, but seeing him as Seeley Booth in Bones is just...uh, hot. I love the dark, brooding look with the strong face. I listened to one interview with him and was disappointed...he seems kind of dumb and his amount of cursing made me blink! And I go to an extremely liberal university.

OH! And Wentworth Miller is beautiful, too. YUM.

I watch FOX dramas :) hehehe

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Kayla, I seriously think those guys are girly. It's like trying to explain rock and roll to an elderly person, so sorry! LOL I heard Wentworth quoted somewhere and he seems liek a dog of a person too, that doesn't help me.

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

I guess it's because I like the story of the characters that they play. Wentworth's character was an engineer before he imprisonated himself (uh, whatever), so the whole lifetyle of being in prison and on the run is completely a stretch for him and he's had to adapt.

And David Boreanaz is completely ungirly, especially when he is kicking someone's butt on Bones. Again, I've never seen Buffy or Angel so I have no idea what he was like on those series.

I'm just the type of person that changes opinion of looks when I get to know the personality. In this case, the personality of characters that they play.

At 1:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm More of a "Anderson Cooper" kind of girl. Handsome , Smart, brave.ahhh..

At 5:03 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Anna Marie, MAJOR crush on Anderson and do you know when I was in Manhattan, he was the one famous person I saw??? Ohh my goodness, cute as a button in person too!

At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more, Kristin! What's up with all the girly men?

I would love to go back to the suave Cary Grant days. I have a hard time picturing Cary Grant beating up a burly brute to defend his woman, but if Michael Vartan can do it in Alias I guess C.G. could too. Have you seen An Affair To Remember? The first kiss between C.G. and Deborah Kerr isn't even visible but it's the most romantic ever! A man who is manly, respectful and protective can't be beat. Brad Pitt... whatever.

At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anna said...

Tom Selleck, anyone? Dimples. Need I say more.

At 11:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah,that is so cool Kristin.
I love a smart man!.
Anna Marie.


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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