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08:05 pm - In Praise of (Some) Men with Earrings, Post #2
(Status update: heat resumed; Master Danger lupine again in the face of repairpersons; work; budget; tea.)

This entry is simply a personal opinion, without force or censure, but the comments on a Tom and Lorenzo post re Harrison Ford in Men's Journal got me thinking.

I very much like (some) men wearing earring(s).

First of all, re those Harrison Ford pictures, let me just say 'Sweet fancy Moses.' But I must disagree with the commenters on that site who decried the earring as a discordant note in Mr Ford's presentation or, and I can't even believe this was said, as a "poser" element. Because, y'all, this is Harrison Goddamn Ford. HARRISON FORD. He is the antithesis of "poser." He is himself.

Also, a well-deployed earring or two is the mark of a certain kind of relaxed, occasionally louche man of a certain age. It suggests he still plays his guitar. It suggests that he looks good in boots. It suggests that he was around in the 70s and 80s, and, while wiser and probably healthier now, has the muscle-memory of a certain kind of swagger that got him in and out of trouble back in the day. [This is the same whether the earring-wearing gentleman is straight or gay. It's about comfort in his own skin, not about sexual identity.] Harrison Ford. Anthony Head. That sort of guy.

Or, long may his memory be a blessing, the late Gregory Hines.

True, it's not a look for all. True, it often seems quite poser-ish on the very young or the Justin Biebers of the world. But Harrison Ford? Oh no, child. Oh no. He can wear as many earrings as he damn well pleases.

I shall return to more serious topics someday, but I do feel better expressing this opinion now. :)

Cheers, and may you enjoy being in your own skin today!

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From:tx_cronopio
Date:January 6th, 2016 01:09 am (UTC)
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Yep, I agree with you! I'm not sure I can define the line between men who can and men who cannot, but it's instantly recognizable, ain't it?
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From:laurawise
Date:January 6th, 2016 01:05 pm (UTC)
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I actually spent time yesterday going through a mental list of men, thinking about who could and could not pull it off. Yes, hard to quantify, but it's very real. :)

Cheers for your Wednesday!
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From:stateless82
Date:January 6th, 2016 02:00 am (UTC)
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oh, my.

*Also- yay for heat!*

Edited at 2016-01-06 12:16 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 6th, 2016 01:06 pm (UTC)
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Hugs and yay right back at you! :) Thank you!
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From:anne_d
Date:January 6th, 2016 03:24 am (UTC)
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I'm with you. Harrison Ford can certainly carry it off, and good on him. Anthony Head, in "Band Candy", with earring? [fans self] Besides, it's only been within the last two hundred years or so that men stopped wearing earrings anyway.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 6th, 2016 01:07 pm (UTC)
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I was actually thinking of Tony Head in person, who's sort of raffish and charming. :)

Hugs and a good day for recovery to you!
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From:cindergal
Date:January 6th, 2016 04:16 am (UTC)
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Preach.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 6th, 2016 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, friend! :) Hugs hugs hugs.
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From:gwynnega
Date:January 6th, 2016 04:52 am (UTC)
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It works for me!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 6th, 2016 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Yay!

Cheers and hugs for your Wednesday. :)
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From:mamculuna
Date:January 6th, 2016 06:47 am (UTC)
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John Malkovich--wish I could find a picture. Some men just have it.

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From:laurawise
Date:January 6th, 2016 01:08 pm (UTC)
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Yes, Malkovich is a great example!

Cheers for your day. :)
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From:paratti
Date:January 6th, 2016 01:07 pm (UTC)
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He can indeed.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 6th, 2016 01:08 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I mean -- seriously. :)

Cheers and hugs!
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From:freixenet
Date:January 6th, 2016 04:07 pm (UTC)
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Hee! Oh yes. D's diamond stud was, I think, very doable--now that he has two, I note a difference in his own attitudes toward wearing them. At the start, a single pierce was rockin', hip, cool... but two was gay and not for him. Now, six years later, a moment of teasing him about piercing the other ear took only two minutes to turn into his sitting in the chair teasing the girl about old guys getting earrings. I think he can pull off two NOW, but could not have done so THEN. So, something there, but not much to contribute to your impeccable taste in men. Which is, as always, impeccable. :fans self at thought of Band Candy::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 7th, 2016 01:45 pm (UTC)
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D can absolutely pull the earrings off now! It's a question of getting into one's skin and dressing according to one's vibe. :)

Cheers and hugs to you!
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From:janus_74
Date:January 6th, 2016 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Absolutely some men can pull it off, and Harrison Ford is one of them. I remember thinking the same thing of Sean Connery in Highlander when I first saw it.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 7th, 2016 01:45 pm (UTC)
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Yes, Sean Connery! Absolutely!

Cheers for your Thursday, T. :)
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From:beadattitude
Date:January 6th, 2016 05:09 pm (UTC)
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And c'mon, he's that that thing since he and Melissa Matheson, rest her soul, split. Late '80's? (He does look blisteringly hot)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 7th, 2016 01:46 pm (UTC)
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Yes, he's had the earring a long time -- and he got it because he was hanging out with the late Ed Bradley and Jimmy Buffett, which to me is so clearly NOT POSER at all. :)

Cheers and hugs to you!
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From:beadattitude
Date:January 7th, 2016 02:39 pm (UTC)
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And to you!

(Ed Bradley's gone? Damn. He was so awesome.)

::goes to check WIkipedia and realizes he's been gone a LONG time:: Oh good gracious.



Edited at 2016-01-07 02:41 pm (UTC)
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From:mobile_alh
Date:January 7th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the link that I might not have seen otherwise....oh, my! ::swoons gently::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 7th, 2016 10:57 pm (UTC)
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He is a force of nature. :)

Cheers and hugs!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 9th, 2016 12:00 am (UTC)
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Oh, I love that 1997 pic! Harrison Ford is just in a class of his own. :)

Cheers and hugs! Happy weekend!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:January 9th, 2016 07:14 pm (UTC)
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I like the earring. I also remember having much joy a few years back when Brian Croucher got his ear pierced while filming for a particularly bad gangster film (in which he only had a few lines IIRC).

I am, however, in agreement with the commenters about proper muscles acquired through physical labour.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 10th, 2016 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for joys, no matter where we find them. :)

Cheers!
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From:mamculuna
Date:January 14th, 2016 02:50 am (UTC)
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I thought about this post when I saw this picture of David Bowie--of course he did an earring well, like everything else.

And of course, Iman.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 14th, 2016 11:27 pm (UTC)
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That photograph is everything.

Thanks for sharing it, because yes, he wore an earring as beautifully as he did everything else.

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