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ABOUT MASCULENITY

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ABOUT MASCULENITY

THE CONFLICT BINDRUNE Several readers have asked about the meaning of the Conflict Bindrune that appears on the back cover of Becoming a Barbarian. In the opening chapter of Becoming a Barbarian, I made the point (as I have in several other essays and speeches) that masculinity is action-oriented. Masculinity reaches its most perfect form in life-or-death conflict — in a battle between the individual man and the natural world, which includes other men. This does not mean that there are no other aspects of masculinity, or that masculinity is absent in the absence of conflict. It simply means that...

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My Journey to Become a Real Man. Just The Beginning.

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My Journey to Become a Real Man. Just The Beginning.

        In high school times, I liked playing hard and looking like tough like every other guy. Every day I was coming home from school, lifting some weight and opening YouTube. I was watching Elliott Hulse and going to MMA training in the evening.      Masculine thought, real masculinity and real gentlemen... I was always in search of them. But I didn't even know exactly what they were. I didn't know what I wanted, who I wanted to be.      Years passed, and I found out that this search was not just about being a...

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How To Be A 21st Century 'Gentleman'

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How To Be A 21st Century 'Gentleman'

Back in 1967 the rules for dating were fairly clear-cut whether you agreed with them or not. Check out this U.S. Navy instructional video,How to Succeed with Brunettes.(What is UP with that title, anyway?)  

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“You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life”

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“You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life”

1. “You are perfect. To think anything less is as pointless as a river thinking that it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that its rapids are too rapid. Says who? You’re on a journey with no defined beginning, middle or end. There are no wrong twists and turns. There is just being. And your job is to be as you as you can be. This is why you’re here. To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be. I...

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How The Rock Went from Depressed Football Player to Hollywood Mogul

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How The Rock Went from Depressed Football Player to Hollywood Mogul

Viewing Dwayne Johnson’s life solely in a contemporary context in which he sits atop a mountaintop alongside luminaries like Robert Downey Jr., Jackie Chan and Tom Cruise as some of the highest-earning actors in all of Tinseltown doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s akin to the finishing move in wrestling that gets fans on their feet, not the years of practice that went into perfecting it. While audiences in cinemas around the world recognize him for his million dollar smile and rippling biceps which he uses to continually save the world from evil, his ascent from teenage delinquent, to football player,...

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