The votes are in! According to a survey conducted by manly scented grooming brand Old Spice, Australian tradies have been voted Australia’s most manly breed (53%), narrowly beating firemen (52%), security guards (50%), miners (49%) and mechanics (49%). But what’s most surprising is it seems our manly tradie heroes have achieved this great honour despite their mum’s unwillingness to let go of their baby boys. In the Old Spice Great Manliness Survey, one third of the mums of tradie types* aged 18-24 have been found to still buy their son’s underwear (36%). Over half are still insisting on doing their son’s washing (56%) and a third are following their son’s every move on social media (32%).
And it gets worse for the most hardened of our rugged manly warriors. On the extreme end of the scale, no less than four percent of these mums have been caught stalking their tradie sons while on a date with a girl. Around the same number have called their son’s girlfriend the wrong name on purpose. Another 8% of these mums have walked in on their sons while in the act.
Australia’s most well-known tradie Tom Williams understands only too well:
“I for one love my mum, but even she has been known to cause the odd case of severe man-barrassment over the years. From sharing a naked photo from my childhood at my 21st to freezing out a girlfriend she didn’t like. When I think back to my younger tradie days I really do understand these guys’ plight.”
While having a manly occupation is one way to show your manliness, we all know Australia’s manliness is inherent in our culture. Those who can’t claim a manly occupation like to make up for it by enjoying beers with the boys (23%), watching Friday night football (20%) and hibernating in their self-constructed man caves (20%) – all good manly activities to do while wearing the manliest of Old Spice body sprays regardless of mum next door cooking you dinner!