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Piece of Mind: Some men just need a lift

Posted: Thursday, Aug 29th, 2013

My dad is a big, tall, strong Midwestern man. Though he wears his baseball hat now more than his cowboy hat, he still rocks a pearl-snap shirt, Wrangler jeans, a large belt buckle, and cowboy boots nearly every day.  He is the kind of guy who little boys stop in grocery stores to proclaim to their mothers: “Look Mommy, a real cowboy!”

He really has had no other option style wise. His body is made for this kind of clothing. He meets all three of Wrangler’s requirements: he’s tall, he’s lean, and well, he has no butt. If I had a nickel for every time my mom told my dad to “pull his pants up” when I was a kid I could buy a lot of expensive gum.

Dad can’t help it. It’s how he is. It’s in his genes, pun intended. He doesn’t mind though. He knows that there is more to a man than how well he fills out his trousers. Unfortunately, not all men are as confident and content in saggy jeans as my big, strong dad. Take Jeff Vickers for example, the owner of a construction company who was recently featured in a New York Times article, “For Men, a Gluteus More Maximus.” Like my dad, Vickers pants were always falling down. “When I went in to the doctor, I said, ‘I’m not a girl so I’m not worried about having a table back there you can sit a coffee cup on,’… “I just wanted to be able to put on a pair of pants and for them to stay up.”

For the complete article see the 08-29-2013 issue.

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