[Yesterday we portrayed the female fantasy of yesteryear, the iceman. Today we reveal the contemporary equivalent … the beekeeper. You do know, don’t you, that I am a beekeeper. Well-l-l, not exactly, but I do keep someone else’s bees on my land. Well-l-l-, technically, it’s not my land and I don’t have anything to do with the bees, and I’m slightly beyond the target age range … I will shut up now. (Anyone offended by sophomoric humor should hit “delete” right now.) SB SM]
from Yahoo so-called news
Men have long held an advantage of being viewed as handsome and distinguished as they age, in a phenomenon that has previously been identified as “silver fox” or “zaddy.” But as slang grows and evolves, TikTok users are now referring to a special breed of attractive older man, typically in his 40s or 50s, as being of “beekeeping age.” And oddly enough, although the origin of the term has very little to do with bees at face value, it kind of makes sense once you break it down. In the season four episode of Adult Swim’s Ricky and Morty that aired in May 2020, “Promortyus,” a post-credits sequence features 17-year-old Summer watching her dad Jerry out her bedroom window with a friend. As Jerry is preoccupied with his new hobby of beekeeping, Summer’s friend initially calls him a “dork” for keeping bees, while provocatively touching her bottom lip. But as the one-sided conversation escalates, she admits that “it’s kind of cute.” “How old is your dad? He’s obviously beekeeping age,” she asks Summer, who irritatedly looks down at her phone. “I think it’s kind of sweet.” And then finally: “Summer, I want to [bleep] your dad.”
The sound bite recently made its way to TikTok, where it’s been embraced by both hot older men and thirsty younger women alike—many of whom will lip sync the audio sequence. However, USA Today recently spoke with Maryanne Fisher, a psychology professor at St. Mary’s University in Canada, who explained that there is some logic behind a beekeeping king.” To be a good beekeeper, one must also be somewhat intelligent and calm and patient,” said Fisher, who admits that her own married partner is himself of beekeeping age. “This man is not keeping bees to get attention from others, which could be argued from other activities like riding a noisy motorcycle or working out in front of others; he’s engaged in a meditative calmness.” That in itself can be attractive and signal confidence and true independence because he’s not trying to signal anything to anyone,” she added. Not to mention, one could argue that beekeeping is the ultimate act of selflessness, as a hive of honeybees lives solely to fiercely serve and protect their queen. It’s not a complete stretch to connect those dots and see how that would make for an attractive quality in a partner. Hobbyists, take note.
[Editor: note the prevalence of vocal fry.]