Cultivating The Warrior Mind

Once upon a time, if you had a penis, you were expected to do certain things.  Among those things was to defend your tribe.  Each and every male was expected to earn the title of man and defend their home from invaders.

Men were warriors.

Modern day warriors at work.  Photo by James Brooks
Modern day warriors at work. Photo by James Brooks

As time passed, this idea faded.  As numbers grew, it became less and less important for all men to be warriors and, instead, the responsibility was handed to a select group who prepared for war full-time.   However, in many of these eras, men still had to

However, in many of these eras, men still had to step up and prepare for battle at least some of the team.  Militias were formed to supplement the full-time warriors, which meant at least some had to have a warrior mindset in addition to their duties as farmers, potters, carpenters, etc. Continue reading “Cultivating The Warrior Mind”

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Latest Masculinity Project

By virtue of working on this site, it’s important to note that masculinity is important to me. How important? Well, while I’ve been working on this site, I’ve also been working on this project:

That’s right, folks.  A book on being a man.  I have literally written the book on being a man in the 21st century.

OK, I wrote a book on it, but still.

It was published yesterday for the Amazon Kindle readers and apps, which are free and are available for almost any device, including your laptop so I urge you to pick up a copy. (The above image is an affiliate link, so if you click that and buy, I get a few pennies extra.)

So far, I’m surprised by how well it’s doing.  How well, you may ask?  This was the ranking a little earlier today:

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Yep. Not too shabby.

By the time you see this, I may have had some movement–either up or down–but it’s a nice start.  The fact that I’m now, technically, a bestselling gender studies author is amusing, to say the least.  Especially since I tend to mock gender studies majors as a general rule.

I hope everyone will snag themselves a copy of the book, and if you do and you enjoy it, please offer up a review on Amazon.  Reviews help sell books, plus when you hit a certain point of having so many reviews, it triggers things in Amazon’s algorithms and helps sell more books.

So, as you can see, taking a few minutes to write a review will help spread the message and help rebuild masculinity.  It’s a win for everyone!

Letters To My Son: Life and Love

The following is a guest post by Jonathan LaForce, a former Marine, and current entrepreneur.  These letters are to his young son and are things he wishes had been passed down to him.  Since he and I have similar views about what it means to be a man, I’m more than happy to share them.

My dearest boy,

Photo by Erik
Photo by Erik

I’m writing this letter, sitting on the side of a mountain. Full dark has come, the wind is howling. It’s lonely up here, the way I like it. When I was a teen, people came to this place as a lover’s lane. Probably still do. I go here for the quiet. Nobody to bother me. In some ways, that is the story of my life a preference for loneliness. Lonely won’t hurt you. Continue reading “Letters To My Son: Life and Love”

On Civilized Men And Ruthless Savages

“Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.” — Robert E. Howard

Robert E. Howard is best known as the creator of Conan the Barbarian, but this quote from him may be my most favorite thing from him.

Photo by Dennis Jarvis
Photo by Dennis Jarvis

You see, he’s right.

Take a look around you for a moment.  The world is filled with people being discourteous to others for any number of reasons.  Just yesterday I watched a video of a student group being besieged for an hour by their political opponents, belittled and accused, told they don’t belong in their college because they’re not liberals.

The whole thing wasn’t a pleasant experience for those surrounded, I’m sure, but what if there had been repercussions for that act?  What if these special snowflakes had been forced to deal with real violence for their discourteous behavior?  What would they have done then? Continue reading “On Civilized Men And Ruthless Savages”

Why Men Guard Their Sexuality

One attack men today find themselves under is their sexuality.  Like so much else today, men are confused as to what is supposedly acceptable so far as showing affection to another man, and what isn’t.  Needless to say, this is fodder for feminists who attack men.

For example, under the whole “Masculinity so fragile” movement, I came across this tidbit:

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For those of you unfamiliar with this–because it’s not as common as this tweeter pretends–is if two guys hug or something, they allegedly have to declare “no homo” or else one of them is clearly gay. Continue reading “Why Men Guard Their Sexuality”

The Upbringing For A Warrior Elite

Photo by Liz Henry
Photo by Liz Henry

I’ll be honest, a lot of times, it feels like the press is against us as men.  Everything about men sucks and everything that might possibly lead to more men is awful.  That’s how it feels.

So imagine my surprise when this particular article showed up in my Facebook feed yesterday.  It’s all about how boys should be permitted to play with weapons like sticks and swords and stuff.

Here’s one of the best parts of the whole thing: Continue reading “The Upbringing For A Warrior Elite”

Why A Site Like This Is Needed

Once upon a time, men had it easy.  We knew what was expected of us and we could do it.  Yes, that time wasn’t great for everyone, but it was for us based on that one simple reason alone.

Then, things changed.  Women got it in their heads that they not only needed to defend what women should and shouldn’t be and do, but also sought to define masculinity as well.

Photo by Jon Rogers
Photo by Jon Rogers

Frankly, little else annoys me worse than feminists seeking to complain about male-focused things.  Not that they care because, apparently, women are the reigning experts on men and masculine stuff

For example, at The Daily Dot they regularly ask “Are men OK?” but then let people who say things like this write the stories: Continue reading “Why A Site Like This Is Needed”