bill-swift - November 15, 2016
I guess Trumpian's not really a world. Not yet. But to be clear, there is a clear and sharp divide in so many quarters of this nation and the Western world in whole. One clearly has affectedÂ the masculinity of young men twisted up in a world increasingly hostile to traditional masculinity. The good parts of it.
In his hilarious book, Man Rules, satirist Lex Jurgen develops a handbook for Millennial Males that is absolutely perfect in terms of training them to be more like the Greatest Generation, and less like the snowflake generation of wussies. This book isn't for you because if it is, you probably don't even realize it. So this is the perfect holiday gift for that struggling male in your family. That brother, nephew, son, or boyfriend who can't change a tire, carries moisturizer, and who sees a social media post as a true accomplishment. This is a must. And it's super funny. So there's that.
Excerpted from Man Rules, on "Meeting Her Friends..."
At a certain point youâ€™re going to have to meet your girlfriendâ€™s social circle. Youâ€™ve been putting this off longer than that digital rectal exam you promised your primary care physician youâ€™d endure four appointments ago. Youâ€™d rather be out on the lawn with a flashlight hunting for gophers in the sleet.
You adore this woman on some level. There is no logic tree to detail how you might adore the other people that she adores. When her college roommate is yammering on about her rescue dog and how vegan organic mayonnaise tastes just like Kraftâ€™s chemically optimized masterwork, stay focused. Pretend like you want to be there. As with the rectal exam, breathe through your nose and relax. Youâ€™re taking the stand in an important jury trial. Do not look bored; it makes you look guilty.
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