Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! I know you’re probably tired of hearing this, but I want to apologize for not having anything up on here or social media in the last while. School has been putting me through the wringer, and it’s generally been hard to find any inspiration to write lately. But hopefully I should be back to my old posting schedule soon. I’ll still have to start by putting up just one article a week for now, but I’m hoping to be back to my twice-a-week posting schedule before too long. In any case, let’s get into the rest of the article.
So for today’s article, I want to go into the roots of why I even started this blog in the first place. In today’s society, especially in the US, the art and value of being a gentleman is being seriously downplayed and even demonized in certain circles. And on paper, I can see why people think that. Some of the worst atrocities in our human history like the Holocaust, mass enslavement of the Africans and the Jews, and persecution of women in the Middle East can be easily attributed to men, whether individually or as a group. These can be reasonable examples of the “toxic masculinity” that many a social justice advocate or modern feminist try to fight against. However, that doesn’t mean that men should feel guilty for the history of their gender and become emasculated for the sake of appeasing women. Allow me to explain.
As stated by CRTV host Allie Stuckey in a video on Prager University, “When men embrace their masculinity in a way that is healthy and productive, they are leaders, warriors, and heroes.” (https://youtu.be/U-kxdyJs6y8?t=93). Masculinity in and of itself is not a bad thing. While yes, unbridled and unchecked masculinity can lead to such atrocities stated above, healthy and virtuous masculinity can lead to massive change for the betterment of society and the world. Such masculinity can lead to things like the ending of slavery in the United States, the harnessing of electricity, or the writing of timeless stories and music. And that’s what I’m trying to teach my readers with this blog.
I encourage my readers to be traditionally masculine, but not in a way that’s harmful to others like what sites like Return of Kings may advocate for (I might write more about them in the future). What they advocate for can be argued as “toxic masculinity”, but that is nothing close to what I try to teach my readers. As Stuckey states in the video, virtuous masculinity has helped end wars, create nations, and foster strong families. It’s this kind of masculinity that I try to imbue into my readers. I try to give them ideas like general respect to your fellow man, treating women with dignity and respect, and not treating anyone as lesser than human regardless of race, gender, religion, or anything else. I encourage individuality and egalitarianism, as I believe these virtues that are the most necessary to creating strong men, strong families, and by extension, a strong society. In today’s society where the importance of fathers and strong men is being increasingly downplayed, I feel a responsibility to show men what value they can actually bring to this world, thus, here we are. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!