On Manhood

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What Is the Core of Masculinity?

by Brett

We’ve covered the 3 P’s of Manhood (protect, procreate, and provide), and we’ve distilled them down to the fundamentals — the ancient, nearly universal standards of manhood that have existed around the world for thousands of years. But in studying them, one can’t help but notice that their requirements are not exclusively manly. Haven’t women […]

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The 3 P’s of Manhood: A Review

by Brett

Are men everywhere alike in their concern (and desire) for being manly? Is the concept of manliness meaningless and entirely culturally relative? For the last several weeks we have been exploring the answers to these questions by discussing the findings contained in Dr. David D. Gilmore’s Manhood in the Making. Twenty years ago, Gilmore set […]

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The 3 P’s of Manhood: Provide

by Brett

“Manhood…as a call to action, can be interpreted as a kind of moral injunction to provision kith and kin.” If the imperative to protect is the most enduring and resonant with modern men, appealing to one’s heroic spirit, and the imperative to procreate is the most changed, challenged, and controversial, I personally feel that the […]

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Advice on Being a Man from 8 Friendly Neighborhood Barbers

by AoM Team

This post brought to you by Old Spice. Use new Re-Fresh body spray and spray goodbye to your boyhood. Life advice from 7 different barbers at different stages of life.

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The 3 P’s of Manhood: Procreate

by Brett

Welcome back to our series on the 3 P’s of Manhood: Protect, Procreate, and Provide. When professor David D. Gilmore did an exhaustive cross-cultural analysis of how masculinity was lived and perceived around the world, these three male imperatives emerged as nearly universal parts of the code of manhood in every culture. His findings are […]

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The 3 P’s of Manhood: Protect

by Brett

 “Manhood is the social barrier that societies must erect against entropy, human enemies, the forces of nature, time, and all the human weaknesses that endanger group life.” -David D. Gilmore There is much discussion these days about manhood and the future of men. Sometimes I will see people try to stop one of these conversations before […]

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The Nature and Power of Ritual Series Conclusion: On Ritual Resistance

by Brett & Kate McKay

Ritual is one of the oldest and most universal forms of human expression in the world. Over the last couple of months, we have explained the reasons for its persistence and ubiquity by detailing its many and varied benefits, including the ability to carve out pockets of the sacred in a profane world, solidify bonds, […]

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The Power of Ritual: The Rocket Booster of Personal Change, Transformation, and Progress

by Brett & Kate McKay

Welcome back to our series on the nature and power of ritual. So far, we have talked about ritual’s ability to carve out pockets of the sacred in an otherwise profane world, as well as the way it can create group identity and solidify bonds between people by building shared worlds of possibilities between them. […]

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20 Aphorisms That I Thought Were Dumb as a Boy But Now Appreciate as a Grown Man

by AoM Team


This post brought to you by Old Spice. Use new Re-Fresh body spray and spray goodbye to your boyhood.. 20 aphorisms and sayings that I thought were lame as a boy, but now appreciate as a man.

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The Power of Ritual: Building Shared Worlds and Bonds That Transcend the Everyday

by Brett & Kate McKay

In advance of a series of articles we’ll be doing this year on some of the rites that have been central to manhood, we have recently been discussing the nature of ritual and its several benefits. In the last post, we explored ritual’s power to carve out pockets of the sacred in an otherwise profane […]

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The Power of Ritual: The Creation of Sacred Time and Space in a Profane World

by Brett & Kate McKay

Earlier this week we explored the nature of ritual and posited that its current scarcity may be at the root of the restlessness, apathy, alienation, and general boredom many modern day men experience. It’s our determination that without ritual, life often seems flat and devoid of rhythm and texture. Now, we are not suggesting that […]

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The Rites of Manhood: Man’s Need for Ritual

by Brett & Kate McKay

Does modern life ever feel excruciatingly flat to you? A bleak landscape devoid of layers, rhythm, interest, texture? Are you ever haunted by the question “Is this all there is?” Have you ever looked at an old photo and felt that the scene held such an inexplicable richness that it seemed you could practically step […]

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Manly, Manful…Man Up? The Language of Manliness

by Brett & Kate McKay

Unless you regularly read this blog, you may never have heard someone use the word manliness in writing or conversation. Ditto for manly, unless it was said a bit in jest and with the requisite eye roll. And you almost assuredly have never complimented another dude on his manful effort. These days man is generally […]

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What Men Like in Men: An Argument from 1902

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: The following article appeared in a 1902 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine (which started out as a quality family magazine before becoming a women’s rag). I think it raises an interesting question: What do men like or admire in other men? Lots of articles these days are about what men find attractive in women […]

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What Does It Mean to Be a Man? 80+ Quotes on Men & Manhood

by Brett & Kate McKay

When putting together our two paperback books, we sought to pepper the text in each with quotes about men and manhood. What we quickly discovered was that no comprehensive source for such quotes existed. You could find a few on general quote collection sites, a smattering on other websites, and some in books. But there […]

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What Is Character? Its 3 True Qualities and How to Develop It

by Brett & Kate McKay

Character. Like honor, it’s a word we take for granted and probably have an affinity for, but likely have never really had to define and may struggle to do so when pressed. It’s a word most men desire to have ascribed to them, and yet the standards of its attainment remain rather vague in our […]

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The Yanomamö and the Origins of Male Honor

by Brett & Kate McKay

In 1964, anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon arrived in an almost entirely unexplored region of the Amazon Basin to spend a year studying the Yanomamö: one of the last large, isolated, and virtually uncontacted tribes in the world. Over the next 35 years, Chagnon returned to this area on the border between Venezuela and Brazil 25 times […]

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Are You a Sheep or Sheepdog? Part I

by Brett & Kate McKay

Last December, 58-year-old Ki Suk Han was pushed onto the subway tracks in New York City. Even though 60-90 seconds passed before an oncoming train hit the man, a group of up to eighteen bystanders simply stood on the platform and looked on as the train approached and ran him over. One, a freelance photographer […]

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The Life of Jack London as a Case Study in the Power and Perils of Thumos — Conclusion

by Brett & Kate McKay

This article concludes a series that studied the life of Jack London, and especially his display of the Ancient Greek concept of thumos. We hope you enjoyed our ten-part series on the life and thumos of Jack London. I know we enjoyed researching and writing it. I’ve never found another man’s story so fascinating and […]

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