Men avoid green choices to preserve their manliness

Men avoid green choices to preserve their manliness

Manliness is killing the planet. Sort of. But new research suggests that masculine branding of eco-friendly products could help change that. Are you the type of guy who goes out of his way to convince others of your manly nature? Do you feel the need to talk down about the neighbor’s hybrid car or solar… Read more

Exploring the Skeleton of the Penis

When you think about the human penis (and I know you do sometimes – it’s ok, everyone’s entitled to a little penis pondering from time to time), you don’t necessarily think that the average everyday penis could end up inspiring innovations in technology. But that’s why we don’t get paid to study penis architecture, and… Read more

What it Takes to Be a ‘Real Man’

What it Takes to Be a ‘Real Man’

In today’s society, outdated and out of touch definitions of manliness are everywhere. From commercials about game day tail-gating to presumptions of Friday night beer drinking, strip clubs and late night poker, our culture is in the business of telling men what they should consume and what they should act like while they’re doing it.… Read more

Arousal Addiction and the Demise of Guys

Arousal Addiction and the Demise of Guys

Please take five minutes and watch this presentation by psychologist Philip Zimbardo on “The Demise of Guys”, and tell me what you think. “Boys’ brains are being digitally rewired in a totally new way for change, novelty, excitement and constant arousal. That means they’re totally out of sync in traditional classes, which are analog, static,… Read more

Afraid of Our Own Shadow

Afraid of Our Own Shadow

Boys don’t cry. Don’t be a wimp. Stop being selfish. Be a man about it. You’re not good enough. Sound familiar? “We spend our life until we’re twenty deciding what parts of ourself to put into the bag, and we spend the rest of our lives trying to get them out again.” – Robert Bly… Read more

How to be a Good Man During Confrontations

How to be a Good Man During Confrontations

It sometimes feels as if we’re caught between the old model of aggressive and combative manhood, where everything is a battle, and the new, kinder, gentler man, for whom everything is a compromise. And we don’t have a whole lot of examples of men walking the middle path in our modern culture. It’s either Die Hard or… Read more

Manly Skill: Become an Authentic Man

Manly Skill: Become an Authentic Man

In my reading, both on the web and in print, I’ve come across two basic types of men: those who believe that their development as a person and as a man is finished (and anyone who thinks differently is some kind of girly-man or should ‘get over it’), and those who are willing to go… Read more

Addendum to Retrosexual Code: Reality Check

Addendum to Retrosexual Code: Reality Check

I recently stumbled across a web page from “Radical Conservative” (an anonymous blogger who apparently lives to bash people who don’t believe as he (she?) does) called Retrosexual Code. The Code is full of so many tired stereotypes that I can’t help but feel sorry for the person who wrote it. I’m going to help… Read more