Friday, February 24, 2012


Happy Friday, Tidbits friends!

It's come to my attention that I haven't yet spoken about my "classy men" list on teenytinytidbits. That's just crazy---how could I have gone all this time without sharing this awesome list?
Ok, so it's not a real list---I haven't written it down anywhere, though I have started a Pinterest board for these *ahem* heartthrobs. How about we count down my list of the top 5 classy men I wouldn't mind meeting (that is, if time wasn't an issue!)?

5. Harold Lloyd

~~~Oh sure, he looks kind of nerdy and silly, but any man who can make me laugh in a silent movie is worth a look. Harold Lloyd is, after all, the protagonist of my favorite movie (silent or not) of all time: Speedy. (Read this post if you'd like more information on the film---Speedy has shown its presence on teenytinytidbits before.)

4. Montgomery Clift

~~~Now, I'm not a big fan of military men, but boy, when Montgomery Clift portrayed a soldier in the classic The Search, I was swept off my feet. Just look at him. Admire this classy gentleman.

3. Humphrey Bogart

~~~"Here's to looking at you, kid." That classic line from Casablanca won me over. Sure, we can't forget The Maltese Falcon (awesome film noir), but after I saw Casablanca in its entirety, I was like, "Whoa. What a man."

2. Clark Gable

~~~Oh Clark! I had never paid any attention to him, until one Friday night, my sister and I decided it was okay to watch Gone With the Wind---ALL of it. Clark Gable as Rhett Butler left me speechless. The epitome of manhood*, Clark Gable portrays Rhett Butler as a confident, passionate, yet-at-the-end-of-the-day-understanding-that-his-well-being-is-more-important-than-wasting-time-with-a-fickle-woman man. Who doesn't like confidence in a man (well, take it with a grain of salt, we can't have too much confidence/arrogance)?

1. James Dean

Source: via Eunice on Pinterest

~~~OH YES. YES. YES. James Dean is  #1 on my list right now. Such a rebel. Adventurous. Passionate. Loyal to his beliefs. And definitely handsome. It's a pity he had to die young. I just can't explain all the reasons why he's such a heartthrob; he just is. I can't possibly be the only one who thinks so?

If you haven't wandered away already and have gotten to these last few words, congratulations. I apologize for my more-than-usual-girliness. And yup, these guys are the top 5 "classics"---don't think I don't have a spot for today's gentlemen! And of course, being the social scientist I am (or try to be, or pretend to be, or believe that I am when really I'm not <--- take your pick), looking at these men and observing the perception of manhood during the earlier part of the 20th century, I ask, "What has happened?"

Let me be more detailed but brief: what has manhood become? I cannot claim that I would like all behaviors and customs to be like they once were---we have progressed, as a society, into a much more diverse and gender-blending people. And it does tickle me very much when I see Dove body bath commercials targeted at men now. Yes, guys, it's okay to have soft and hydrated skin. Oh goodness, anyone out there who wants to discuss gender and sexuality in America today?


  1. Terence Stamp in Billy Budd 1962. I must have a thing for Blondes. James Dean is also quite nice haha.

  2. Nice!!! I myself tend to go for dark-haired men, but I can always make room for exceptions hahaha!

  3. Marlon Brando and Paul newman need to be on your list!

    but DAMN Montgomery Clift is hot!

  4. question! is your header photo from South Padre Island? looks like it!

  5. Alma: I have to agree with your taste! How could I forget them---especially Marlon Brando!?!?

    And, with regards to the header, it's actually Coney Island--oh how I miss New York!!!