It seems a lot of people are talking about what it means to be a man lately. There’s a man movement afoot, and it’s creating interesting fodder for discussion. Esquire is getting in on the action with their newest “Be a Man” issue. It’s a worthy theme for a magazine, and I thought we would devote this link round-up to the issue’s hits and misses:
The American Man: What I’ve Learned.Esquire interviewed 40 regular joes and asked them for a pearl of wisdom. Some are profound, others superficial. But an interesting idea for an feature nonetheless.
25 Essential Skills Every Man Should Know. I always love these kinds of lists-they’re just fun. Of course, like most lists, the explanations for each skill only scratch the surface; I prefer something more comprehensive. But I guess that’s what the Art of Manliness is for.
What is a Man. A list of manly attributes. Some I agree with, others not so much. But a decent compilation overall. (Hat tip: Ron)
How to be a Better Man. Lance Armstrong on fatherhood and being a better man? Really? Step 1: Divorce wife and mother of your children. Step 2: get engaged to a woman who clearly loves you and wants to have kids-then break it off. Step 3: Get your girlfriend pregnant and then don’t propose marriage. Classy.
The List of Men: 66 Guys to Emulate.Esquire here lists 66 celebrities that regular joes should look to as role models. There are a few good celebrity men out there, but generally, celebrities are not really men we should be seeking to emulate. And some of their picks made me really scratch my head: Charles Barkley (“for what he said to police”)? Martha Stewart?
Masculinity can’t still be about steak and moose-skinning, guys. Here’s one woman’s take on the recent Esquire issue. She sets up a dichotomy between the ripped meathead man and the more andronygous sensitive guy, but hopefully we can find a happy medium between those extremes. A new way forward, perhaps? (Hat tip: Tara)
A Needed Shout-out
Last week Kate and I wrote up a response to a NYT article about gender. I was so impressed by the quality and civil tone of the comments. I truly enjoyed hearing what others had to say. One of the comments was so excellent that I wanted to re-post for everyone to read. Kari articulated exactly what I was trying to say in my response but was not able to express very well. People sometimes ask why we talk about virtues like honor, integrity, and courage on a site about manliness-after all, aren’t these virtues women should pursue as well? Kari’s comment, particularly the final paragraph, sums up my answer to a T. Thanks Kari.
What’s Happening Around the Community This Week
As a new feature in our weekly round-up, we’re going to start covering what’s going on in the AoM community. There’s always lots of cool things popping, and it’s easy to miss some great stuff. Here are some highlights from this week:
The Book Group is reading and doing a discussion of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road
Community member the huhman has posted a ton of cool pictures.
The Album of Old School Manlinesscontinues to grow with awesome vintge pics of manliness in action. You can add your pics by tagging your uploaded photos with “vintage.”
One of my favorite groups to keep up with is The Man and The Woman, started by a female community member that goes by The College Student. Lots of interesting and intelligent discussion on gender and the interaction between men and women.
The Smoking Lounge is discussing their recommendations for a great cigar.
One of the cool things about being a member of The Art of Manliness Community is that you earn “Man Points” for participating. If you upload a photo, write a blog post, or take part in a group discussion you earn points. Earn enough points and you can cash them in for some cool prizes.
- Earn 1000 points, get a FREE Art of Manliness
- Earn 4000 points, get a FREE $60 Hawaiiabera Shirt
What are you waiting for? Join the man community today!
Art of Manliness T-shirts
Finally, I want to give a shout out for our Art of Manliness T-shirts. This is our newest design, and it has been very popular. We have just a few left in every size but medium. Head to the shop and buy yours before they run out.