I picked up a copy of GQ Magazine thinking it would be about style and fashion for men. Instead, what I got was a rag which would appeal to an immature 12 year old boy… if at that. Disappointed and disgusted I won’t be buying another GQ Magazine. (And shame on Condé Nast for publishing this trash.)
What’s my beef with GQ Magazine?
Let’s start by talking about GQ. (I am not going to provide a link to the magazine’s website because it is not worth going there… especially if you are a gentleman (or lady). It stands for Gentlemen’s Quarterly. Perhaps at one time it came out quarterly, now it is a monthly publication from the folks at Condé Nast (a large publisher of magazines). It is supposed to be aimed at men’s fashion (or style as they call it) and culture (both of which are greatly lacking and I’ll explain why.)
When I was a young boy, I my grandpa wore a Stetson fedora. He seldom left the house without it. He taught me, through example, that a gentleman always removed his hat indoors and in the presence of women and as a sign of respect.
On one occasion we were at the barbershop. A man walked in with a cowboy hat. I turned to my grandpa and said, “I thought you said cowboys remove their hats indoors.”
I’ll never forget his reply. It has taught me a lot about being a gentleman. He said, “They do, and that’s no cowboy.”
To me, a gentleman was tough and strong (like a cowboy), well groomed, and well mannered. Grandpa was all of those and more. I never heard him swear. Never. Not even damn or hell came out of his mouth. Yet, years after his death, people in that town revered the man known to many as Joe Knowles.
My first beef with GQ is with the use of the f-word. The articles were riddled with the f-bomb and I simply stopped reading. No gentleman would use the f-word, especially not in public, and especially not in writing! It is the most vile and disgusting word in the English language and does dishonor to anyone who uses it and shows a lack of respect to those within hearing distance (or those who read it.)
My second beef with GQ had to do with the editor’s opening article. It praised Bill Clinton as being right up there with FDR. I won’t go in to FDR, but Bill Clinton is not a gentleman. Gentlemen don’t cheat on their wives (and do it repeatedly). The man was an embarrassment to the office of the president and gentlemen all over the world.
Thirdly, repeated photographs of men who were shabbily dressed. Pictures of men who haven’t shaven (or even trimmed their beards) in days, shirtless, looking like they just came out of spending two weeks in the jungle without soap or a razor. Even on the better end of things, pictures of guys who looked like they slept in their suits, hair all messy, and forgot to look in the mirror before leaving the house.
Beards are Scruffy
Number four has to do with grooming. It’s been said beards will be the mullets of the 2010s. My wife says that hardly any man looks good with a beard. While I couldn’t tell you what makes a guy good-looking or homely, I can say that beards make them look scruffy. No, not manly, but to that immature 12 year old I mentioned earlier, it might.
I think 4 is enough. I stopped there because I dropped the magazine in the trash, for trash is what it is.
Perhaps it is the trend of our times. I recently saw a very well dressed lady in her late-20s/early-30s exit a restaurant by herself. She wore a knee-length dress, while form-fitting, modest, a nice necklace, earrings, high heels, and her hair was done nicely. About 10 seconds later, a very scruffy looking man about the same age came out. He was wearing khaki shorts, boat shoes with no socks, and an old t-shirt, untucked. He hadn’t combed his hair all day and hadn’t shaved for at least a week. He walks up to her and puts his arm around her shoulder, kisses her on the lips, and the two walk away while he’s draped over her shoulder.
Gee whiz! If she’s going to go to all that work in looking pretty for you, shouldn’t you at least shower, shave, comb your hair, put on some pants, socks and nicer shoes and a shirt with a collar?
And, to the young lady… Really? While I’m only judging by what I saw in those few short seconds, the guy didn’t even hold the door open for you upon leaving the restaurant. And, while you were trying to walk lady-like in those pumps, he wasn’t making it easy on you the way he was draped on your shoulder.
Perhaps this was an off day for the young man, but I repeatedly see scenes similar to this in public. Perhaps she likes him looking like that (in which case, she probably needs some serious counseling.) And, while he may have a job where he gets dirty and messy, he could have still ducked in to the restroom and combed his hair (and he could have shaved before leaving work.)
I’ll admit I’m not the fashion plate guy, and with my curly hair, I don’t always notice when it is out-of-place. But, I do bathe and shave daily — especially if I’m going on a date with my wife. My clothes are clean and I do my best to dress appropriately.
Perhaps truly gentlemanly stuff doesn’t sell magazines. On behalf of all gentlemen everywhere, I call upon GQ Magazine to remove any reference of the word gentlemen from their publication if you continue to publish such trashy content. Gentlemen use respectable language, have heroes who themselves are gentlemen and respect women, dress clean and neat, and groom themselves accordingly. A gentleman is a person a woman feels safe and comfortable when in his presence. He opens doors for not only women, but children and others. He is dignified.
Hmmm… Are there enough prepubescent teenage boys to keep GQ Magazine in print? Or have men simply become less mature?