Tag: Men

Upset Alert: NCAA Men’s Basketball Round of 64 [Round of 64 Thread]

 

Yes. Liberty University, in its first appearance at the Big Dance, won it’s first NCAA tournament game. Simply making it into the tournament is an accomplishment for a basketball program—a well-compensated accomplishment at that. Did the Liberty Flames just torch your backet?  More

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The Men’s and Women’s March

 

You mean you haven’t heard of the Men’s and Women’s March? You must have been living in a cave! Or you suddenly realize that no one has ever thought to organize such an exciting and significant event. And that it’s long overdue.

One notable freedom we have in this country is the freedom of assembly, which includes marches and protests. We have many of them, large and small, sometimes one-time events, sometimes annual demonstrations. To get a sampling, go here. We tend to see mostly Leftist demonstrations (notably the Right to Life is an exception), whose values mostly conflict with the values of the Right. So I propose it’s time to have a march that speaks to the men and women of this country, their traditional views and values.

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A Tribute to Earl

 

What does it mean to be a man? It occurred to me this morning that my friend Earl is the epitome of what we want in a man, what we should expect from a man, and I’m proud and honored that he is my friend.

I’ve written about Earl before on Ricochet. He is a tall, lean black man, a Progressive and one of the kindest and most self-reflective persons I know. He is also 86 years old, declining from a multitude of health conditions including early Alzheimer’s. He loves to discuss ideas and ask deep questions; I would often ask him what he thought the answers were to his questions, because I knew at some level he had his own heartfelt, often profound answers.

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It’s Scold Season

 

“In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.” — C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

The recent ad by the Gillette razor company telling us men to be more like what the people at Gillette think we should be has certainly sparked debate. However, what’s missing from that advertisement (and most of the conversation it has created) is any information or guidance as to how men can learn to act like the honorable, forthright, compassionate, and brave leaders we should be (and occasionally are).

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Saving Our Gun Rights Means Saving People From Suicide

 

We’ve known for years now that the problem with gun deaths in America isn’t street gangs and other criminals, it’s the thousands of people who commit suicide with a firearm each year. This horror is affecting men (especially men who live in small, rural towns) to a much greater extent than it is women. But rather than reach out to men and channel their feelings of frustration and impotence into more positive, traditional ways, the American Psychological Association says the real problem is they’re acting like men. 

“Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict and negatively influence mental health and physical health... Researchers led by James Mahalik, PhD, of Boston College, found that the more men conformed to masculine norms, the more likely they were to consider as normal risky health behaviors such as heavy drinking, using tobacco and avoiding vegetables, and to engage in these risky behaviors themselves.”

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This Is What Real Men Do

 

We heard a lot of talk about “pajama boy”, and how the concept of manliness is under attack. I’ve read stories of honeymooners diving the ocean, and how one newlywed husband looses his life defending his bride against a shark attack. I’ve read other stories of men rising to the occasion, especially with the 9/11 […]

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Popular Turkic Misapprehensions Cleared Up

 

Are Turkmen men? Without ever having got to close to one, I nevertheless confidently assert about 50% of them are. But we’ve all wondered, I am sure. I got to thinking again about this, as I’ve been watching Turkish TV. My listening comprehension is going nowhere, but I can at least read the credits, which […]

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Can Feminists Cure What Ails Men?

 

“Boys need feminists’ help too,” declares Feministing.com founder Jessica Valenti. Writing in the New York Times, Valenti worries that women are “protest[ing], run[ning] for office, and embrac[ing] the movement for gender equality in record numbers, [while] a generation of mostly white men are being radicalized into believing that their problems stem from women’s progress.”

Valenti cites the “manosphere,” the network of websites that peddle misogyny, and she’s right that it is disturbing. But Valenti undermines her case by citing the popularity of Jordan Peterson as more evidence of woman hatred. On the contrary, Valenti and other feminists would do well to remove their women-centric blinders and examine the situation of young men more sympathetically.

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The Love of Dangerous Things

 

There’s talk – silly, absurd talk – of banning the private ownership of cars. Molon labe, baby! You can have my Yukon, my three-ton id, when you pry it from my cold dead hands. And you can forget the self-driving nonsense, too: up here where I live, you can’t see the lines on the road four months out of the year on account of the blowing snow. Good luck dealing with that, Google.

Ayn Rand, in one of her two major works of fiction (I’m going to go with Atlas Shrugged, but someone correct me if I’m wrong – it’s been almost 40 years since I read it) has her heroine wax rhapsodic (as if there’s any other way to wax) about the act of smoking. Dagney (or possibly Dominique) marvels at the flame held in obeisance inches from her, the spark of destruction so casually lashed into service for the pleasure of mankind. Never having been a smoker, and coming of age as I did during the first great anti-smoking crusades of the ’70s, I admit that the imagery was less compelling for me than it might have been for someone of my parents’ generation. But Dagney’s ruminations have remained with me, an oddly vivid example of our peculiar attraction to dangerous things – and to mastering them.

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The Nothing Box

 

There has been so much tension between men and women with all the stories of exploitation and accusations that I felt we needed a little something that we could laugh at–about ourselves and each other. Enjoy! More

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Women and Sex

 

With all the men being taken down by past exploits caused by their sexual drive (rightly so in all too many cases) I started to look for symmetry in this situation. While I believe that men and women are different in many ways I have never thought women were morally superior to men. It is […]

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Confessions of a failson

 

This was written as a response to this article by Rod Dreher: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/failsons-and-the-women-who-love-them Given that it turned into more of an essay (or a long rant) then a comment, I figured I’d post it here. Apologies in advance…actually no. No apologies.  More

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In Search of Meekness: Musings on Harvey Weinstein

 

Author’s note: I sincerely hope that what I’ve written below is not a new thought. Because if it is, we are in much worse trouble than I already believe us to be. Yes, I could do a simple internet search to find out what else has been written on this concept, but I like to […]

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Men Do Multitask!

 

Around three PM yesterday, I was sitting in the basement StadCave, when I had an epiphany a really deep thought—men do multitask! There I was: writing on my basement laptop, watching the Oregon State-Colorado State football game, eating pizza, and drinking beer. More

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Sex, Muscle, Brain & Testosterone Replacement Therapy

 

With Trump’s Inauguration up front, and his remarkable campaign behind, here’s a recent conversation I had on the relationship between male sexual function, confidence, and energy, with Dr. John Crisler, a leading practitioner in the field of testosterone replacement therapy. At 58, Dr. Crisler credits “perfectly tuned” hormones for helping him retain his remarkable physical […]

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The World Needs More Men

 

It’s OK to be a man. And it’s OK to act like a man.

Unless you go to college. College, it seems, thinks being a man is nothing more than a catch phrase for being an unrepentant rapist even if you’ve never had such a disgusting thought in your life, nor actually committed the violent act. In college, being a man means you’re unable to find love, incapable of dealing with your feelings, have (or one day will have!) contributed to the degradation of all women everywhere and, therefore, must be neutered in public and private.

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A Real Conversation Starter

 

Further to a discussion with @6foot2inhighheels I thought the Ricochet community may have some thoughts. Said 6foot2: “The revelation that men have distinctly different motivations and impulses that are at odds with female cultural assumptions came to me late in life, and from an unexpected source; a young man who explained everything in one simple […]

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Men at Work … or Not

 

shutterstock_284883917We’ve heard a great deal this campaign year about the plight of the working class. The left tells a story about the middle class being destroyed by predatory millionaires and billionaires who are soaking up 99 percent of the “income gains” (as if national income were one giant Big Gulp and the one percent managed to nab the biggest straws).

Donald Trump tells a different story. The jobs that once provided a stable middle-class income have been outsourced. If people are unemployed, it’s because the factories are all in Guangzhou or Juarez. Trump promises that he will bring those jobs back.

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First They Came for the Porkies

 

Porcellian-ClubHahvahd’s male-only clubs have forged life-long relationships. And that, of course, is the problem.

“Once a Porcellian always a Porcellian,” read a 1940 Time magazine article about the oldest of Harvard University’s secretive, all-male “final clubs.” “Porkies keep up their Porkie friendships all their lives, go back religiously to the annual Porkie banquet at which new members are initiated. … From the Pore’s clubrooms, non-Porcellians are religiously excluded.”

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