A Recommendation For Gentlemen Readers—The Art Of Manliness
I frequently get emails from gentlemen readers asking if I know of any Black men’s blogs that cover similar topics—from a Black man’s perspective—as those covered here. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of any similar blogs by and for African-American men. This is a problem with African-American blogs in general. Far too many Black blogs are devoted either to foolishness or empty venting that goes nowhere.
So, I’ve been left with suggesting that gentlemen readers look into the nonblack blogs that cover their specific areas of interest. I hadn’t run across a full-spectrum blog for men that covered all aspects of having a good life. Until recently, when I ran across The Art Of Manliness: Reviving The Lost Art of Manliness. From the “About” page to The Art of Manliness,
The Art of Manliness is authored by husband and wife team, Brett and Kate McKay. It features articles on helping men be better husbands, better fathers, and better men. In our search to uncover the lost art of manliness, we’ll look to the past to find examples of manliness in action. We’ll analyze the lives of great men who knew what it meant to “man up” and hopefully learn from them. And we’ll talk about the skills, manners, and principles that every man should know. Since beginning in January 2008, The Art of Manliness has already gained 75,000+ subscribers and continues to grow each week.
Why the Art of Manliness?
My idea for the Art of Manliness came about as I was standing in Borders bookstore looking at the men’s magazines. It seemed to me that the content in these magazines were continually going downhill, with more and more articles about sex and how to get six pack abs. Was this all there was to being a man?
And as I looked around at the men my age, it seemed to me that many were shirking responsibility and refusing to grow up. They had lost the confidence, focus, skills, and virtues that men of the past had embodied and were a little lost. The feminism movement did some great things, but it also made men confused about their role and no longer proud of the virtues of manliness. This, coupled with the fact that many men were raised without the influence of a good father, has left a generation adrift as to what it means to be an honorable, well-rounded man.
Talking about honorable manliness was to me a niche seemingly not covered on the web or elsewhere, and I decided to start The Art of Manliness to talk about all things manly- both the serious and the fun, but with the ultimate eye toward encouraging readers to be better husbands, fathers, brothers, men.
Gentlemen, I humbly suggest that you check it out! [I might just make this a semi-regular feature if I come across other blogs that are of special interest to the 21st century gentleman.]