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  • honordads 8:28 am on 09/02/2014 Permalink
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    Facebook Rant Truth: Real women appreciate real men.

    What feminists claim they want is equality. They also claim that gender is a social construct. If this is so, than they (and all women) might want to take a long hard look at the onerous responsibilities placed on men.  (More …)

  • honordads 2:05 pm on 08/28/2014 Permalink
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    Art of Manliness: How and Why to Create a Family Mission Statement

  • honordads 3:58 pm on 08/25/2014 Permalink
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    Fred McCoy – 25 Rules And Lessons For My Future Son

    Though my life has been brief, I’ve learned a lot from watching the love of my life pass away, losing my father, being knocked out and knocking other people out. I’ve hunted and hiked. I’ve played with puppies and buried dogs. I haven’t traveled the world but I’ve found adventure after adventure in America alone. My interactions with many different people and my variety of experiences have helped shape what knowledge I think would be useful to the next generation of men.

    I’m sure as I grow older my views might change and so might these lessons, but as it currently stands, these are the morals and lessons I would like to instill in my child. This list is by no means representative of how other people should raise their children,this list is all me. I noticed another list posted recently by author Mel Rose entitled “25 Things I’ll Teach My Future Son” and while her list was mostly a complete faffery, this is not a response to the article.

    Read the whole thing. (hat tip)

  • honordads 9:19 am on 08/25/2014 Permalink
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    Awkward Man Cave sports discussion

  • honordads 3:12 pm on 08/21/2014 Permalink
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    Why is the State Arresting So Many Parents?

  • honordads 11:19 am on 08/20/2014 Permalink
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    Professors slam Pixar for sexist portrayal of boys in Disney films:

    English professors Shannon Wooden and Ken Gillam have outlined their concerns in their book, Pixar’s Boy Stories: Masculinity in a Post Modern Age, published in April.

    Wooden and Gillam feel there has been a large emphasis on Disney’s sexist and offensive portrayal of princesses, but they didn’t feel boys were receiving adequate public attention for their disservice.

    “Somebody had to be the first person to complain about the Disney princesses’ stifling representation of women, right?” said Wooden. “A parallel conversation for boys hasn’t started, but we’re trying to start it … so people become aware of what they are watching and what their kids are watching.” 

    In the film Monster’s University, for example, main character Mike Wazowski is bullied because of his small stature; by the end of the film, he accepts his physical limitations and cultural stereotypes. The two professors feel that Mike’s acceptance of his place in society doesn’t properly encourage kids to fight back and deem themselves equal to those who meet the accepted height.

    “What kind of message is that to send to kids?” Wooden asked, according to the Springfield News-Leader. “If you have the misfortune to not be born in the right kind of male body, you may as well get used to life as a loser. Try to learn to be happy in your second place — or lower — status, because your options here are find complacency in your ‘lesser than’ status or get really angry.”

    Meh. This is a solution looking for a problem. Being your own best guy means doing your best with what God gives you, even if it’s only two talents, not five.

  • honordads 5:17 am on 08/20/2014 Permalink
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    Reads: The Making of Men, by Dr. Arne Rubinstein. Podcast with the author, discussing boys and rights of passage in Australia, at the link.

  • honordads 3:39 pm on 08/19/2014 Permalink
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    Krystal Garcia is still celebrating men.

  • honordads 9:02 am on 08/18/2014 Permalink
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    Day 32 of 100 Days of Advice on How to Treat Men Right. Krystal’s been chipping away at 100 posts on how to treat men right, and how women can lead with the heart in relationship and daily interactions with men. “#32 Don’t end your relationships sounding like a howler monkey” is, like all the rest, sage advice.

    Does Dr. Laura know about this?

  • honordads 2:47 pm on 08/12/2014 Permalink
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    Dr. Helen: How Does Institutional Bias Affect Men?

    There are many examples of institutional bias against men: they often need a note from their wives to get a vasectomy, men get little or no due process in college sexual assault cases and there are even misandrists in the government who tell men they are not as smart as women and that they get little say in the matter because they are “outnumbered.”

    How does this institutional bias affect men? I read some comments from men that suggest that a real man would “shrug this stuff off.” Bullshit. You don’t shrug it off when the government threatens to come after your free speech or your second amendment rights. Why would a man shrug off something this important? Other men perhaps don’t notice what is happening or do notice and feel there is nothing to be done or they can sidestep these problems. But it catches up to you eventually or your son, or brother.

  • honordads 4:23 pm on 08/11/2014 Permalink
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    The Men’s Rights Movement and the Women Who Love It. Some of the movement’s fiercest activists aren’t men.

  • honordads 1:57 pm on 08/07/2014 Permalink
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    Screw Mars and Venus: If we want to give relationship advice that really means something, we have to step outside the gender boxes and start thinking about the experiences of the people we’re trying to reach.

    Related: Free to Be You and Me

  • honordads 8:53 am on 08/07/2014 Permalink
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    The myth of the absent black father:

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published new data on the role that American fathers play in parenting their children. Most of the CDC’s previous research on family life — which the agency explores as an important contributor to public health and child development — has focused exclusively on mothers. But the latest data finds that the stereotypical gender imbalance in this area doesn’t hold true, and dads are just as hands-on when it comes to raising their kids.

    That includes African-American fathers.

    In fact, in its coverage of the study, the Los Angeles Times noted that the results “defy stereotypes about black fatherhood” because the CDC found that black dads are more involved with their kids on a daily basis than dads from other racial groups…

    Lots more at the article. More:

    Considering the fact that “black fatherhood” is a phrase that is almost always accompanied by the word “crisis” in U.S. society, it’s understandable that the CDC’s results seem innovative. But in reality, the new data builds upon years of research that’s concluded that hands-on parenting is similar among dads of all races. There’s plenty of scientific evidence to bust this racially-biased myth.

    The Pew Research Center, which has tracked this data for years, consistently finds no big differences between white and black fathers. Gretchen Livingston, one of the senior researchers studying family life at Pew, wasn’t at all surprised by the new CDC data. “Blacks look a lot like everyone else,” she pointed out.

    Well, that’s good. And it confirms my suspicions.

  • honordads 11:33 am on 08/06/2014 Permalink
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    The life-cycle of democracies:

    From bondage to spiritual faith;
    From spiritual faith to great courage;
    From courage to liberty;
    From liberty to abundance;
    From abundance to complacency;
    From complacency to apathy;
    From apathy to dependence;
    From dependence back into bondage.

    Go read the whole thing. Then consider where we’re at, and what Good Men should do about it.

  • honordads 9:29 am on 08/06/2014 Permalink
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    The women of the men’s rights movement.

  • honordads 7:57 am on 08/06/2014 Permalink
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    I wish I had a dad
    I grew up with out a father
    So respecting is hard for me
    Especially growing up In a house with domestic violence . . .

    Rican Daddy

  • honordads 12:01 pm on 08/05/2014 Permalink
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    R.I.P. Idiot Dads – New advert from Cheerios portrays us as totally competent! Certainly a market out there for any company that respects their customers.

  • honordads 11:46 am on 08/05/2014 Permalink
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    Be your best guy – Wellness starts with you, Dad

    Ponder this: You have had a long and arduous week at work. Last night you had some playtime with the little one before shuffling her off to bed. You washed down a cheesy pizza with a bottle of red wine or a six-pack watching the footy, then the late news or some other late night TV trash before hitting the sack at midnight or 1am.You shut your eyes, then tap, tap, shuffle, shuffle. You feel like you only just went to sleep. It’s still dark. And there she is, two inches from your face: “Daddy,” she beams. “I hungry”. “Ha. What? What time is it? 5.45am. You have to be kidding!” No, she’s not kidding. The little one’s day has started and it’s not going to finish until at least 7.30 tonight. You need to get up and pull it together, fella. She doesn’t care how tired you are. She’s four or three or two or even one. She’s a first class narcissist and despises negotiation. So get up and get interested.

    There’s only one way to handle this kind of onslaught. You need energy. How do you get energy? Get well. Look after yourself. The same way you look after your kid. Nurture is a foreign word to many men, but that’s precisely what we need to do — to our kids, yes, but also ourselves. We’re no good to our kids if we aren’t in full flight. So let’s start with us…

    As with a lot of Ryan’s blogging, this is sound advice.

  • honordads 8:53 am on 08/05/2014 Permalink
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    News you can use – Having The Talk with your son

  • honordads 9:19 am on 08/04/2014 Permalink
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    4 Ways my paternity leave shaped me as a father and strengthened my family.

  • honordads 7:47 am on 08/04/2014 Permalink
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    The AskMen Pulse Report: The 500 People, Products & Trends That Will Define The Next 12 Months

  • honordads 3:20 pm on 08/01/2014 Permalink
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    One way to end violence against women? Married dads. The data show that #yesallwomen would be safer with fewer boyfriends around their kids.

    The bottom line is this: Married women are notably safer than their unmarried peers, and girls raised in a home with their married father are markedly less likely to be abused or assaulted than children living without their own father.

    Do tell.

  • honordads 2:58 pm on 08/01/2014 Permalink
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    Progress? No more dad jokes: Advertisers trying to re-brand the father figure

    And for what it’s worth, I went back to shaving with one of these. Hey, if it was good enough for my old man…

  • honordads 1:55 pm on 08/01/2014 Permalink
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    “Prequel to the Man Cave” or “Growing up with brothers”

  • honordads 9:48 am on 07/30/2014 Permalink
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    Prison rape – the hilarious joke about men that isn’t funny. As you’ve done it unto the least of these, brothers…

  • honordads 9:05 am on 07/30/2014 Permalink
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    100 Days of How to Treat Men Right: Days 13 and “#14 Don’t bring a problem to him if you don’t want a solution.” Preach on, Sistahgirl!

  • honordads 8:47 am on 07/30/2014 Permalink
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    Epic Poetry: 10 Responses to the phrase “Man up.” [caution: language at the link]

  • honordads 8:56 am on 07/29/2014 Permalink
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    33 Scouting cartoons from the ’60s show what’s changed, what hasn’t. More here.

  • honordads 10:02 pm on 07/28/2014 Permalink
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    Eric Metaxas: What it means to be a man.

    Arguably the defining phrase of what’s been called “the long 1960s,” which ran from approximately 1967 to 1980, was “question authority.” As I wrote in “7 Men,” since that time we’ve adopted the idea that no one is really in a position to declare that something is right or wrong. Authority figures and role models have taken a major hit in this process.

    Perhaps no one more than dear old dad. Jim Anderson of “Father Knows Best” was replaced by Archie Bunker, a loud-mouthed bigot, followed by Homer Simpson, a buffoon. Both of them are lovable and fun to watch, but not role models.

    Now this lack of male role models in popular culture is tragic for many reasons, one of which is that being a father is an essential part of what it means to be a man. That’s not the same thing as saying that you can’t be a man unless you’re a father—three of the seven men I profiled in “7 Men”—George Washington, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Pope John Paul II—did not have children.

    But that did not make them any less fathers to the people in their lives. In his biography of John Paul II, “Witness to Hope,” George Weigel chronicled how the then-Karol Wojtyla functioned as a father-figure to a group of younger people in his native Krakow.

    Likewise, Washington was definitely a father-figure to his men. So much so that he was able to defuse a possible mutiny by unpaid Continental Army veterans, simply through appealing to their shared sacrifices.

    And that is the essence of fatherhood and manhood: service and sacrifice. They are what enable a man to avoid the false choices of on the one hand “macho” domineering and on the other hand the emasculation that denies the differences between the sexes. The men I wrote about in “7 Men” “seemed to know that at the heart of what it is to be a man is that idea of being selfless, of putting your greatest strength at God’s disposal . . . of giving what is yours in the service of others.”

    We’re extremely unlikely to get the role models we need from mass culture. That makes it especially incumbent on us Christian fathers and men to be those role models, starting at home.

  • honordads 4:45 pm on 07/22/2014 Permalink
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    The wussification of Thomas the Tank Engine. Is nothing sacred?

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