The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: New Server Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay on March 1, 2008 · 3 comments

in Blog, Roundup

Today is the first whole day with the new host. Things appear to be going well. The switch was a little more rough than I wanted it to be., but what are you going to do? The new host should be able to handle the large amounts of traffic AoM has been getting these past few weeks and hopefully be able to handle the site’s continued growth.

Let’s look at some links:

Gals make passes at guys who wash glasses Married men: do you want to improve your sex life in your marriage? Start doing the laundry. Studies have shown that men who help out around the house, get more sex. The lust women have for men who do chores around the house can be seen in a new book called Porn for Women. The book features fully clothed men doing housework.

Through being cool Besides being a place to sell you’re old Bowflex, you can also find essays on Craigslist. This one was brought to my attention by AoM reader, Aidan. This short essay hits a lot of issues. What stuck out to me was the need for American men to stop caring what other people think of them (or “trying to be cool”), the need for American men to develop stronger friendships with other men, and the need for American men to learn to accept rejection. Give it a read. It’s short, but packs in a lot of good points. (@ craigslist) (via aidan)

Screw Uncle Sam – Take Your Tax Deductions! Tax Day in the U.S. is fast approaching. Have you started preparing your taxes? If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out Andrew Flusche’s article on how to keep more of your money from Uncle Sam. (@ legal andrew)

In Defense of Polygamy The author of this article argues that polygamy is to marriage is what the free market economy is to the economy. So if you believe in monogamy, you’re a Commie fink. I don’t think my wife would buy this guy’s arguments. (@ msn lifestyle)

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Steven Jarvis March 1, 2008 at 2:04 pm

You certainly cherry-picked the good stuff from “Through being cool” or at least got a much more positive reaction from it than I did.

First, I thought it was all over the place. I couldn’t tell if he was arguing that it was important to play sports and not be a weirdo, or if being a weirdo was okay as long as you were “mates” with the other weirdos, or if consumerism is bad. He seems to confuse all three points.

While I would agree that Americans (and I’m probably the poster boy for this problem) believe that buying something is a substitute for feeling/making/being something, I don’t agree that being picked last for a sports team is what drives boys to play D&D or pick up the guitar or become a goth or whatever other non-sporting activity he chooses. Maybe he just doesn’t like football. Maybe I’m reading too much of myself into it, since I didn’t like sports as a kid — still don’t — and played in a band and played D&D — still do, both of them. But, I just don’t by his argument there.

I agree with the general sentiment (that American men need to be more “real” and would be better off if we were able to develop deeper relationships with other men), but I disagree with the idea that doing anything other than sports means you’re broken. If anything, my experience says the American men who played sports (i.e., the “jocks”) are more likely to have the sort of shallow social climber relationships (though maybe not by much).

Still, thanks for the link. It certainly gave me something to think about.

2 Brett March 1, 2008 at 2:19 pm

@Steven Jarvis:

Yeah. That article was definitely all over the place and I did cherry-pick the stuff to highlight. I agree I don’t buy the argument about that men who are rejected from sports should keep trying. Think what would have happened if Bill Gates or Steve Jobs kept trying to get picked first at dodgeball. We probably would be without PC’s. That’s a stretch, but you get the idea.

3 John March 2, 2008 at 7:57 pm

I agree with the comment above. The idea that there’s something wrong with no liking or being good at sports and preferring to play a guitar, or D&D or whatever is ludicrous. The author has too much of a macho streak in him.

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