On Being a Man

I’ve recently stumbled upon two websites that I have found particularly interesting:

The Good Men Project ( www.goodmenproject.com ) and

The Art of Manliness ( www.artofmanliness.com ).

The historian and sociologist Lewis Mumford said, “Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.”

The Good Men Project was begun in 2009 by Tom Matlack and James Houghton as a means for men to tell stories about the defining moments in their lives.

The Art of Manliness was founded by the husband & wife team of Brett & Kate McKay in 2007 (“A blog dedicated to uncovering the lost art of being a man.”).

I would recommend you spend some time at each site to discover the vast amount of information contained in them and the manner in which each deals with the subject of manliness.

In the Art of Manliness, Brett McKay discusses the topic of manliness in considerable detail and poses the question, “Is manliness in fact obsolete?”

McKay goes on to say, “Many men today feel adrift and have lost the confidence, focus, skills, and virtues that men of the past embodied. In an increasingly androgynous society, modern men are confused about their role and what it means to be an honorable, well-rounded man.

The causes of this male malaise are many — from the cultural to the technological. One factor is simply the lack of direction offered men in the popular culture. Men’s magazines today are largely about sex, sports cars, and getting six-pack abs…

Manhood has always meant something, and though it may come as a surprise to some, it has always meant pretty much the same thing to nearly every society in the world.”

David D.Gilmore who wrote Manhood in the Making, found that almost all societies share three common imperatives or moral injunctions — what McKay calls the 3 P’s of Manhood: a male who aspires to be a man must protectprocreate, and provide. In his blog, McKay goes into detail on each of the 3 P’s. Rather than go over each of the 3 P’s in this blog, you can read about them here . McKay goes into considerable detail on the subject of manhood in his blog (it’s a seven part series), but by the time you finish, you’ll have a better than average understanding of the subject.

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