A phrase we'd like to crush

Depp_lFrom the Associated Press:

NEW YORK — Johnny Depp has a man crush on Keith Richards, who has a small role in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie….

Enough already with the idiotic slang "man crush"/"girl crush." Just say "crush." It won’t make you gay.

P.S. Gay means happy!

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  • Victor

    I second that!!

  • Frank

    “Man crush” holds a special, significantly different implication from “crush”.
    A “crush” implies romantic emotions while “man crush”/”girl crush” implies simply non-romantic feelings.

  • Ceballos

    Good call Annie! God forbid someone thinks you’re *gulp* gay by professing your affection of someone that just happens to be of the same sex.
    Here’s to my CRUSHES on Roger Cross, Matt Damon, George Clooney and Nigel Barker.

  • Ep Sato

    I think the term “boygirlcrush” is kinda cool. Folks have seen me write praise for Adam Baldwin, Sean Connery and Bobby Deniro, but they are sexy to me in a way that doesn’t mean “i wanna hook up with them”.
    On the other hand, if saying that watching all Entourage for Jonnie Drama means I’ve got a “crush” on Kevin Dillon, I’m secure enough in my hetero-ness to say it. After all, my crush on Eva Longoria is for a totally different reason.

  • me

    Absolutely agreed — it’s a separate connotation. For example: A man crush includes some amount of respect or admiration that isn’t necessarily absent from a basic crush, but it’s not implicated there either.

  • Jean

    What if I’m gay and I have a non-sexual crush on someone who is the opposite sex? What would be the correct term for that? Give it up people, a crush is a crush is a crush. Doesn’t matter if ya gay or straight, male or female. Own it, love it.

  • Yoness

    A mancrush leads to a bromance, which eventually leads to…mansex?

  • Tom Brazelton

    Someone just took me to task for using “mancrush” earlier this week. Weird.
    To that, I say “Whatever.” I like using the term because it’s fun to say. Not because of any latent homophobic distancing.
    Even in heterosexual courtships, you don’t hear one guy say to another “Hey, Mike! I think I have a real crush on Suzie!” unless it’s the 1950’s. To say “man crush” it taking a twist on an innocent phrase. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Mo

    I don’t think I really have a problem with the phrase, since I think using it actually implies a certain amount of comfort with your sexuality, but it does seem a little . . . redundant? Heterosexist? I’m not sure. I do know that, being a female who likes females and gets non-sexual crushes on men all the time, I don’t have a special word for it. When I want to tell people I have a crush on Hugh Laurie, I just say I have a crush.

  • blair

    my friends and i use the term “friend crush” for this situation. its like a crush, but you just wish you were friends

  • No Brand Woman

    I like the term “man/girl crush”. To me, just using “crush” alone is more suggestive of romantic feelings than “man/girl crush”. It implys that you look up to them and maybe hero worship them, but don’t have romantic feelings for them. Plus, I think it’s cute and fun to say.

  • C B H

    I think the term implies a different connotation than the basic term “crush.” Otherwise, its use would not be mandated.

  • STUD

    I just say ‘He’s cool’. If I were a girl, I’d say ‘She’s cool’.
    Simplistic, straight forward, and no reason for a dumb forum argument…like this one.

  • Lauren

    That’s just anal.
    As other people have said it has a completely different connotation than a plain ‘ole ‘crush’. Plus, it’s fun to say.
    I really do not have a crush on Mary McDonnell, but I most definitely have a girlcrush on her.

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