I was watching a sitcom earlier today, and the storyline consisted of a bumbling white collar dad trying to fix the washing machine. Throughout the show, his wife and children were deriding him saying "he wasn't a repairman" and "call the repairman". Of course, this all made for a humorous episode, but it set me thinking about the disappearance of the do it yourself mentality among American men. It seems to me that nobody knows how to do basic repair work anymore, much less how to put in the effort to troubleshoot basic problems. Do any of y'all have opinions on this mentality? Of course, I mean no disrespect towards white collar professions, but a man is more than his vocation. Don't know if I've been clear enough, but I would love to hear y'alls opinions.
My opinion is you watch too much television.
I know several men on this site who can wire a light switch, install a toilet, install a light, change their oil, plumb a bob (love that one), do drywall, install wiring, fix a door, rebuild an engine, light a fire, cook a roast, and so on, and so on.
I agree with you. This site certainly attracts the type of man I'm referring to, but you will notice I did not limit my question to the confines of this site. Do you really think that the majority of men in America, especially under 40 have the skills you referred to? Or put another way, if you took a handful of male liberal arts majors, could they do those things?
Don't know Steve, but don't necessarily put down liberal arts majors. They can do lots of things. Some are probably on this site, when they were pre-law, may have been liberal arts majors.
Just so you know Walt, I myself am a liberal arts major. English lit to be specific.
Right on. I've known lots of guys who majored in liberal arts and could do "do it yourself." Some even went into the trades because that's where the work was for them at the time.
I said nothing disrespectful about liberal arts majors, I was simply questioning whether out culture promotes the do it yourself mentality, or if we have lost that influence to some degree.
My dad was trained as an artist. Most artists don't make much money.
Therefore, he had to do a lot of stuff on his own. Most artists I know are very handy of out necessity.
The majority of men under forty can't even tie a proper knot.
I'd agree with you there.
Well, I knew at least a few knots when I was doing sailing but that was years ago and I've forgotten them.
"if you took a handful of male liberal arts majors, could they do those things?"
With all due respect, being handy has nothing to do with political ideologies. Most of the men and women I know who were in liberal arts are generally very handy because they've actually worked with tools as part of their education whereas many of the ultra-capitalist aspiring white collar executives-in-training were often useless like tits on a nun because they were so focused on getting their cubicle jobs and because they figured that time is money therefore the opportunity cost to pay some shmuck to do the repairs was cheaper than spending their own more valuable time on it.
Neither way is an absolute. The point I'm trying to make is that handiness is not directly proportional to personal politics. My dad's a liberal and built our house. My brother's a conservative and works in HVAC. My mother-in-law is apolitical and can rewire an entire house on her own.
Liberal arts have nothing to do with politics... Liberal arts majors are college majors like English, Philosophy, and Cultural studies etc... It has nothing to do with political preference.