The Men We Loved in 2012

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Ryan Gosling: Because he protects women from passing cars. Because he prefers to date older women. Because look at him. Because he's not People's Sexiest Man Alive, and ... more 
Photo by: Lacroix/WireImage
Ryan Gosling: Because he protects women from passing cars. Because he prefers to date older women. Because look at him. Because he's not People's Sexiest Man Alive, and because he lets us use his face to hang our unreasonably specific fantasies on. If you haven't created your own Ryan Gosling Hey Girl meme caption, you haven't finished your 2012 to-do list. less 
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Fri, Dec 21, 2012 5:40 PM EST
It was the year of the woman, obviously. But we had to hand it to a few good men who inspired us to be better parents, braver citizens, kinder critics, and smarter meme-writers. Join us in a salute to the dudes who won our hearts in 2012. --Piper Weiss, Shine Staff