What We Learned From Men’s Magazines in February
Love is in the air this month, but is it on men’s minds?
February might as well be called National Love Month. Every store, TV commercial and women’s magazine is pushing the idea of romance on us, whether we want them to or not. But are men’s magazines feeling the love as well?
While some are getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit, others are sticking to their regular turf — fitness, style and sex. Here are a few things we learned about men from reading their magazines this month:
1. If they’re dating/married/engaged, they’re planning a romantic Valentine’s Day date.
If Esquire’s “Cheap Valentine’s Day Date Ideas” article is any indication of what guys will be planning this V-Day, then you coupled-up girls are in for a treat. (Full disclosure: The story also includes hints about what the guys can expect in return.) Ideas include hot dinner reservations, a spa day, and our favorite: a romantic homemade video. “Tell each other romantic things,” instructs author Sarah Z. Wexler, “how you met, how you make up, how you make whoopee. Then suggest you play this video not on YouTube but at your wedding – and propose.” Can we get a collective ”Aww!”?
2. If they’re single, they’re confident they’re gonna get laid on February 14.
Single guys think you’re a sure thing if they meet you on V-Day. Why? Because Gillian Telling told them so in Maxim. Yes, she filled their heads with the idea that girls want this holiday to end with a bang, no matter who it’s with. Even though all the focus on paired-up duos can leave single girls feeling crappy on this particular day, it doesn’t mean we’re all like 25-year-old Jenny, one of Telling’s sources who had sex with a stranger she met at a bowling alley last February 14. “We started going at it in his living room, and I was being really raunchy and loud,” she says. “Something about the fact that it was Valentine’s Day made me feel way more slutty than normal. It was like, ‘I’m not your girlfriend — I want you to f**k me.” Guys, don’t be fooled — we’re pretty sure that this classy chick isn’t just saving that line for Valentine’s Day.
3. They want to live to 100.
The life expectancy for Americans is currently 80 years, but of course men want to surpass that by at least a couple decades. This month, Dr. Sanjay Gupta gives Men’s Journal readers tips to help them hit triple digits, including restricting calories, eating like Okinawans (the population of this Japanese city are some of the longest-living people in the world), working out, and meditating. An interesting tidbit: According to a study by Dr. Becca Levy at Yale University, you can add 7.5 years to your life by staying optimistic about aging. Yes, we can’t wait for wrinkles!