Man Hugs

Surfing through the 50 or so blogs I track at Bloglines, I recently viewed an entertaining four-minute video.  Besides being funny, watching it is roughly analogous to an archeologist realizing that the cuneiform text he’s struggling to translate makes perfect sense on the assumption that it’s reporting the chemical properties of the last nine elements of the actinide series (elements 95 through 103), including the Hittite equivalent transliteration of their names:  americium, curium, berkelium, californium, einsteinium, fermium, mendelevium, nobelium, and lawrencium. 

But, this video has nothing to do with Hittite cuneiform or the actinide series from the periodic table of elements.  As the title to this blog indicates, the video has to do with man hugs.  To be precise, the title  is “How to Give A Great Man to Man Hug.”

Men who know how to give a great man-to-man hug

The video edifies on two levels.  First of all, it is funny.  It is cast well, and the actors are flamboyantly hammy.  Among the fun parts is a demonstration of what happens when a man-to-man hug is incompetently executed, resulting in a bashing together of foreheads and noses:

Men who don’t know the first thing about man-to-man hugs

So, without further ado, be thou entertained by clicking the link below.  After your entertainment, come back here, and I’ll set you to looking for the second way this video is edifying.

View “How to Give A Great Man-to-Man Hug” by clicking here

For those of you who are used to seeing a video player embedded in other blogs and wonder why I didn’t do it here, it’s because WordPress does not permit this feature at their site for security reasons.

Now, the video edifies for another reason, because it inspires this question:  Why is the subject of this video funny?  I think I’ll leave it at that for a few days to see what others suggest. 

Inaccurate answers will be “hammy acting” or “slapstick humor.”  Yes, the video has both, and they contribute to the humor.  But, that’s not what I’m asking about.  Beyond the humorous elements (slapstick, hammy acting), the subject itself  and how it is expounded in the video make us ask “Why is this funny?”

Whaddaya think?

My thoughts on this later …

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4 responses to “Man Hugs

  1. Truth Unites...and Divides

    “Why is the subject of this video funny?”

    Cuz’ guys trying to learn how to do something that’s a bit awkward for them is *funny*.

  2. It is funny because Western culture is oversexed and completely overtaken by rampant homosexuality. Ancient Christian men would greet one another with a kiss, because homosexuality was not conceivable. Ancient Christians who read of John reclining on Christ’s chest, would not have introduced homosexual connotations. As soon as the subject of affection is presented as “getting in touch with one’s feminine side” it becomes uncomfortable and unnatural, because any display thus becomes sexual. Men do not have a feminine side. That is why they are men. We leave the feminine for the experts–women. When emotion is equated or related to sexuality, it is limited by definition to the object of the sex drive. I guess what I am saying is the key to reestablishing true male emotional interaction is to emphasize masculinity and, thus, remove all doubt of intent.

    It is funny, but true, that anything goes in a sports victory. This is because all sexual connotations are removed. The 300 pound linebaker can even smack the butt of his comrade without being suspected of anything perverse because the emotional moment, the context, is entirely masculine.

    Am I on your track?

    Andrew

  3. Glenn

    Well, here’s why I think it’s funny. It has elements of truth, contradiction, and exaggeration, like all effective humor.

    The truth is the awkwardness of men in modern Western cultures physically expressing their affection for another man in all but the most restricted situations because of anxiety that they not be misunderstood due to the overtness of some men in demonstrating perverted affection (fallen Glory of God), or the “feminine side” nonsense.

    The exaggeration is the need for explicit, detailed instruction, along with illustration (Sage.)

    The humor is: Instruction and guidance are needed, because what should be unremarkable (men expressing shared joy through physical means) might be interpreted as evidence of more than simply that.

    You know what is really funny? It isn’t actually “masculine men” who need the instruction, but the people who refuse to acknowledge that men and women are different. The video is a message to them: “When you see men doing this they are not expressing homosexual attraction or their ‘feminine side.’ They are masculine men sharing a masculine joy with another masculine man.”

  4. I FIND GENERAL DAY TO DAY LIFE DIFFICULT MOST OF TIME. I TRY TO BE A MAN AND TOUGH IT OUT WITH A STIFF UPPER LIP. I FOUND THIS SIGHT TODAY CONTEMPLATING A PERSONAL AD FOR A CHRISTIAN MAN WHO COULD OFFER ENCOURAGEMENT THE WAY I BELIEVE JESUS WOULD. I WANT TO BE HELD; I WOULD NOT FEEL WEIRD ABOUT IT AT ALL. MOST HUGS I HAVE RECEIVED FROM MEN IN MY 44YRS HAVE BEEN OK AT BEST TO EMBARASSING BEYOND BELIEF. WHEN I WAS JUST BARELY HANGING ON EMOTIONALLY A FEW YEARS BACK, I HELD ON TO A FRIEND A LITTLE TOO LONG WHILE HUGGING. HIS REACTION WAS TO PUT HIS HANDS ON MY SHOULDERS, SHOVE ME BACK, AND TURN AND WALK AWAY SAYING HE HOPED EVERYTHING WOULD BE OK. WITH PRAYER AND JESUS TYPE FRIENDS OUR LIVES WOULD BE SO MUCH FULLER; I KNOW MINE WOULD

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