“Be A Man” – and other damaging things you can say to your son.


Scooting around the internets yesterday, as one does for inspiration and entertainment, I came across a news story which bought me back to my university days, and a particular event that made my bloody boil so much that steam came out of my ears.

22 year old Gavin Hope has been fined for swallowing a live goldfish as part of a “Neknominate” dare.

Neknominate, also known as neck and nominate, neknomination or neck nomination, is an online drinking game. The original parameters of the game require the participant to film themselves drinking a pint of an alcoholic beverage, usually beer, in one gulp and upload the footage to the web. The participant then nominates two others to do the same, although a third nomination has become commonplace. The nominated person has to complete the task within 24 hours.”

I do not know Mr Hope, but I strongly suspect he is a fuckwit of the highest order,

Ok, so back at university, the Rugby Ball was quite the do and I went along once as a rent-a-date with my friend Sam. There was nothing elegant about it. It was held in a pub. As the evening wore on, awards were given out for the best players and then the stupid awards were given out. Most rooting, best spew and other delightful accolades. Then a young blonde, stocky fella called Liam, was given an award.

It was a plastic bag containing two beautiful gold fish. I was not sure what was going on, but slowly realised what was about to happen when the fish were poured into a schooner glass. Urged on by a few dozen neanderthals, Liam slammed those goldfish down.

Now, goldfish do not die immediately if you drink them. They slowly suffocate.

Naturally, I completely lost my shit, gave them all a massive spray and walked out.

The issue is a deep one, I think. I do not believe Liam wanted to eat the goldfish, I think he was too afraid to say no. Check out this clip from The Mask You Live In.

Raising boys is hard. I know because I am raising two. I have one who has such a mask on, it is proving very hard to shift. I don’t get hugs, I get shoulder barges.

Are you raising boys?

Got any tips? Will take general, or specific.