November 19, 2008, - 3:31 pm

The Latest Girlie-Man Your Daughters Are Idolizing (For the Moment)

By Debbie Schlussel
This is Robert Pattinson. If you have a teen or tween daughter in America, you probably know who he is or should. He plays a teen vampire in “Twilight“, which comes to theaters at Midnight, Thursday Night. I’ve seen it and am prohibited until then from reviewing the movie, which is based on the best-selling Stephanie Meyer series of novels.
But, if you’ve watched any variety news shows or entertainment shows, you’ve no doubt seen the Beatles-sized mobs of young girls who’ve swarmed this guy wherever he goes. He’s the teen idol flavor of the moment. He was profiled on ABC News’ “Nightline”, a few nights ago. The report is funny to watch:


While I understand the excitement about the movie and the huge readership of Stephanie Meyer’s books, I don’t understand the attraction to this guy–this actor, Pattinson (and the shrieking, which I heard last night at the screening). I was never this bad when, as a teen girl, I liked Rick Springfield, Dennis Quaid, and guys like that. I think these girls are confusing the book character, chivalrous vampire Edward Cullen, with the Englishman who plays him. This guy looks like he wears red lipstick and has been ever since he was a little girl. And he has carefully shaped eyebrows that look a little too feminine.
But there’s a trend here that’s been going on for the last decade-and-a-half or so. The male heart throbs, like Pattinson, are more girlie-manish than ever. The more masculine idols of yesteryear are permanently a thing of the past. And female fans are getting more and more aggressive–a male trait.
The blurring of America’s gender roles continues.
Stay tuned for my review of this interesting movie, tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s the trailer:


12 Responses

Thanks for the preview Debbie … now I know for certain this film is a “Must Miss!”
Jimmy Lewis
SCS, Michigan

Jimmy Lewis on November 19, 2008 at 4:07 pm

(DS: Sorry about the premature rejeculation … I wish to pull my previous comment, and respond accordingly, based on further review of your forthcoming review … in the meantime, have a spectacular evening! JL)

Jimmy Lewis on November 19, 2008 at 4:50 pm

At least with early teens, the girls used to go for smooth, non-threatening, ‘cuddly’ males. Its worse in East Asia. A Chinese guy from Taiwan was laughing at the Asian Male image (I love people with a sense of humor about themselves). He said the male teen idols there look like teen girls, makeup and all. Taiwan is the only country where a young man can cram his car windows full of cute stuffed animals and nobody thinks it ‘strange’.

poetcomic1 on November 19, 2008 at 5:02 pm

I wish the Republicans Party had the insight about the culture like you do. They obviously have a culture gap. This is what seperates your blog from other conservative blogs, you understand the implications of what is happening to our culture. That is why Republicans cant win over young professionals now. Young professionals were villified in the 80s because they voted for Reagan. Now the young professionals wont even consider being a Republican. You understand what is happening to the culture and the party continues to look the other way. Unfortunately in this country the tail is wagging the dog.
As for the effiminates, hopefully they cant reproduce since they gave away their manhood. I think we have to import our manhood from other countries. I just cant see a guy like him working in a factory or a construction site, he might break a nail. He might be one of those guys “who wont do the jobs Americans wont do”. Maybe I am biased here in California, but liberalism has killed manhood here. Well at least coastal Califonia it is dead. I guess there is some manhood left in Inland California. We have a generation of kids raised by Dr. Spock and MT.HOprah. No wonder illegals took over the physical labor market, no one stopped them from taking their jobs.

californiascreaming on November 19, 2008 at 5:18 pm

I had a classmate at the Pasadena Playhouse who accidentally became a teen idol. Magazines mobbed him, little girls with braces slobbered at the mere sight of him, and the usual screaming and fainting. But the thing with all these teen idols going back to infinity is that they are completely non threatening to these little girls. A vampire who’s afraid to kiss girls lest he fall for the temptation to suck her blood fills every criteria that the fifteen and unders demand. I mean talk about non-threatening, he can’t even kiss. Totally safe. Oh, and he’s polite too…….

Howard on November 19, 2008 at 7:57 pm

You sound like an old fuddy-duddy!
Sinatra was a wimp in the 40’s, -Ricky Nelson a virtual shemale in the 50’s, the Beatles & Stones as girlie as they come…then you hit our generation and there was Bobby Sherman, David Cassidy, the Osmonds and the rest of the Tiger Beat crowd….that these girls are READING should be commended…i’ve got a few nieces that are in high school and would probably find “Cat in the Hat” classical literature!

EminemsRevenge on November 19, 2008 at 11:11 pm

I dunno, I gotta give The Deb a wait and see approch with his guy until I read her review. He doesn’t look that much like a girlie-man. And I’m suprised the girls I talk to who are marks for that book series hasn’t said anything about the guy.

Squirrel3D on November 19, 2008 at 11:37 pm

i would much rather have a strong man, than a girly one. if you love effeminate boys, why not go for girls and be logical(sarcasm btw) but I think it’s because masculinity has been discouraged.

mindy1 on November 20, 2008 at 5:33 am

I remember reading some scientific research a couple of years ago that suggested that most women find feminized men’s faces more attractive than the more classical masculine face.

No Pasaran! on November 20, 2008 at 6:03 am

Debbie, I donít know if youíre a country music fan, but country singer Brad Paisleyís song; “I’m Still A Guy” Says it best;
ìWith all of these men lining up to get neutered
It’s hip now to be feminized
I don’t highlight my hair
I’ve still got a pair
Yeah honey, I’m still a guy
Oh my eyebrows ain’t plucked
There’s a gun in my truck
Oh thank God, I’m still a guyî

Rocky on November 20, 2008 at 10:06 am

I’m too old (35) to have ever heard of these books before the hype about the movie. I don’t know if it’s totally a cultural thing as a teenage girl one. Teen heartthrobs, as the commenter noted above, are usually “pretty” and very nonthreatening. They’re almost asexual.The girls may like the pretty boys at 12-14, but they will change. Somewhere along the line, I realized I like men who are men (and most of them like women who are feminine, although they appreciate a sports lover!) Ask any woman if she prefers the “Fight Club”/ “Snatch” Brad Pitt or the “Meet Joe Black” one.

TigerChick on November 20, 2008 at 9:28 pm

I may not always agree with your points, but I usually love them. I was thinking more of his (Mr. Jolie- hah) appearance in that movie than his character, who was a sociopathic scumbag. There are better- I’ll pick Dennis Quaid, who has aged beautifully, in “The Rookie.” I think he looks better now than the pretty thing he was in “The Right Stuff.”

TigerChick on November 21, 2008 at 8:43 pm

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