Weekly Link Round-Up: November 28, 2009

by Brett & Kate McKay on November 29, 2009 · 7 comments

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Last Chance to Donate to Movember!

You have just two more days to punch prostate cancer in the throat. Movember ends this Monday. The Art of Manliness team has raised $6,400 so far. If you haven’t already, please consider donating a few dollars to The Art of Manliness Team. You can also help support Movember by buying our Man’s Guide to the Holiday’s ebook. Half the proceeds will go to Movember.

Announcing the Winner of the Mountain and Sackett Tie Giveaway

Congratulations to Dave Hardy for winning the Mountain and Sackett Tie Giveaway. If you entered the contest, you should have received an email from me with a discount code for 20% off any purchase of Mountain and Sackett ties (with the exception of the Autism Speaks collection as 60% of the sales of those ties goes to charity). Get a nice tie for the holiday parties you’ll be attending or get one to place under the tree this Christmas.

In addition to the Saddleback giveaway we’ve got running for the next week, we’ve got two more giveaways planned before Christmas. So keep checking back for more chances to win manly prizes.

Win a Saddleback Briefcase, Laptop Case, or Passport Wallet!

If you haven’t already, be sure to enter our mammoth Saddleback giveaway that’s running until December 7. We’re giving away 3 uber-manly Saddleback prizes and offering multiple ways to win:

  • Grand prize: Limited Edition Art of Manliness/Saddleback briefcase+3 $25 gift cards to the Saddleback online store.
    • How to enter: Submit a photo of yourself in a manly location or doing something manly while reading the Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man.
  • Second prize: Saddleback laptop case+2 $25 gift certificates to the Saddleback online store.
    • How to enter: Leave a comment under this post, join the Man Bag Group in the Community, or email the contest to a friend.
  • Third prize: Saddleback passport wallet+1 $25 gift certificate to the Saddleback Leather Company online store.
    • How to enter: Leave a comment under this post, join the Man Bag Group in the Community, or email the contest to a friend.

Be sure to carefully review the giveaway post for details on how to enter. Note: While all you have to do to win the second and third prizes is leave a comment on the giveaway post, you have to leave a comment about something classic and/or timeless! So, “I really want to win!” won’t cut it. I’ve been deleting such comments and individually notifying the posters, but that was becoming an onerous task. So now I’m leaving them be, but rest assured if I draw your name, and your comment is, “Saddleback bags are the coolest!” I will be drawing another name (although you’re right, they are assuredly the coolest).

Oklahoma City Book Signing

If you’re in the Oklahoma City area, stop by the Quail Springs Barnes and Noble on Saturday, December 5, between 2-4 PM. Kate and I will be signing our new book. I’d love to meet you and shake your hand.

Around the Community This Week

Feature of the Week: Ray wrote an excellent blog post about watching Fiddler on the Roof with his sons and the lesson it taught him about the need to keep tradition alive while also being willing to embrace change.

Library Goon posed the question: “If you could fight anyone (living or dead) who would you fight and why?” Some very entertaining responses.

David shared some great thoughts and started a discussion about not only being honest with others but truly honest with ourselves.

Jack started a discussion on the excellent advice you’ve been given in life.

Liam started a discussion about being overly competitive at work.

Reg wrote a post about how to mix the pattern of your ties with the pattern of your shirts. Got another style question? Reg is graciously willing to help.

Oracle989 wrote up 9 maxims to live by.

Yankee Cowboy Bob started a discussion on the “old fashioned” practice of writing a thank you note.

KidKash202 posed the question: “Does it bother women when men have fellowship with each other?”

Michael started a discusion on your “triggers,” the stuff that sets you off and drives you absolutely out of your mind.

Brad started a discussion on what good books have been made into good movies.

General Interest Links

Living with Children. Parenting guru and columnist John Rosemond muses on why men are having trouble growing up and the role that fathers play in this problem. (Hat tip to Jason Y.)

11 iPhone Apps for Stress Free Family Travel (@ mashable) Want to make holiday travel a little less stressful? There’s an app for that. Mashable has put together a killer list of useful iPhone apps to help you get home for the holidays without killing your family. From packing lists to rest area finders, this list has you covered.

Emasculating Truth Testosterone levels in American men have declined 17% since 1987. The stuff that makes a man a man is disappearing before our eyes! An Emasculating Truth is a documentary that’s coming out soon and investigates the causes of this crisis of masculinity. Check out the trailer. Looks like a really fun but thoughtful flick.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 DL November 29, 2009 at 7:01 am

re: the testosterone movie

Bad idea…not the idea for the movie, but having the clown starring in it pursue “manly” activities apparently for laughs. This IS a serious topic on many levels, and a few clips from the trailer appear to address it. But having this guy go hunting, enter a rodeo, etc, does not help make the point but appears to poke fun at it. Maybe that’s really the point? Dunno, haven’t seen the movie, so maybe I’m seeing those clips out of some proper context. But judging by the trailer, it looks like just another movie designed to denigrate and celebrate the loss of manliness by taking it less than seriously.

2 Socrates November 29, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Umm… Supporting Autism Speaks isn’t very manly at all.

Real men always help disabled and disadvantaged – not try to wipe them off the face of the Planet by funding an organisation, the like of which has never been seen in human history.

By the time they’ve cleansed the Genepool of Autistic traits (which are archetypally male) there will be no Manly men left at all. Just limpwristed girly-men.

3 Chris Maddox November 30, 2009 at 1:28 am

I just found your site a little while ago. I love checking in and reading what’s new. And it was great to see the causes you are supporting as well. Nice work AoM!

4 Matthew Shea November 30, 2009 at 8:32 am

I’m calling BS on the “Emasculating Truth” movie. Increasing sales of men’s hair products and distressed clothing are signs that manliness is on the decline? Come on! One of his “sources” was a “study” done by a stand-up comic (Dmitri Martin, check the PDF on the web site). This “movie” is either a farce or is being produced by someone who’s not comfortable with his own manliness, much less qualified to preach to anyone else about it.

5 Jared November 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm

I’m calling BS on Matthew’s comment. How does the increasing sales of men’s hair products, men having their armpits waxed, men wearing female style clothes not have to do with the decline of manliness? Instead of spending their time working on their values, men are spending their time thinking about their appearance. And instead of being proud of their distinctive masculinity and wanting to keep the genders distinctive, they’re trying to look and act like women.

I can’t tell if the movie is going to be superficial or the funny stuff is simply a means to an end. But as a gentleman, I’ll withhold judgment until I see the whole thing.

6 Matthew Shea December 2, 2009 at 10:18 am


I’m not trying to discount men’s causes and I certainly support idea that men should hold claim to their manliness and all that involves. I’m not sure, however, whether this movie will help or hurt. Someone who picks up a rifle for the first time to deer hunt “for the sake of manliness” (or however he stated it) is trying too hard and not doing that for the right reasons. I sense a subtle satire when I watch that trailer, akin to The Colbert Report, that I think most people will miss and will, in the end, detract from the cause the movie professes to support.

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