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Cowboy Coffee: The Ins and Outs

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! Yes, I know this is going to be yet another article about coffee, but I’m a coffee snob, so sue me! In any case, today, I want to go into a bit more detail about one specific method that I went over in The Gentleman’s Guide to Brewing Coffee. That method is cowboy coffee. There was a lot more detail about the method that I wanted to go over, but I only had so much time to do so in an article with four other entries included. So today, I wanted to go into more detail about this coffee brewing method, and also address some of the misconceptions that people have made about it. So, without any further delay, let’s get started!

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5 Best Podcasts for your Road Trips

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! With the absolute explosion of podcasts in the last few years, I’ve obviously bought into all of that hype in a big way. Most of the time, instead of listening to music in my car if I’m on my way to work, running errands, or anything in between, I’ve mostly been listening to podcasts. One of the best things about podcasts is that everyone can find any sort of podcast about any sort of subject, and everyone can always find one that can interest them. So in today’s article, I’ll be going over five (5) of my personal favorite podcasts that I’ve really enjoyed and I think will be great to listen to in the car, whether you’re out running errands, driving to work, or even going on a cross-country road trip. So without any further delay, let’s get started!

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Masculinity is NOT Toxic

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So today’s post is more than likely to ruffle some feathers, but nonetheless, I feel like it’s something that needs to be said, since it very closely ties to why I even write this blog at all. And I’ve said in the past that I try to stay generally nonpolitical on here, but this subject has unfortunately started to work its way into our politics, as much as I wish it weren’t the case. In any case, let’s get started on today’s topic: toxic masculinity.

Anyone who’s seen the rise of third-wave feminism or has kept a watchful eye on the mainstream media has more than likely heard the term “toxic masculinity” more than once, and the term has started to become even more widespread with the rise of things like the #MeToo movement and the entire Brett Kavanaugh debacle. More often than not, this term is used to shame men and call out society for teaching men and young boys to become rapists, murderers, and warmongers. A lot of what these movements try to tell people is that a young boy being raised with traditional masculine values will grow up to be a racist and a misogynist who wants no more than to serve his own primal, sexual desires. It’s practically gotten to a point where if a man even so much as holds the door open for a woman or offers to help her carry a heavy load, modern feminists and the media automatically peg him as guilty of an unforgivable crime of sexism and should be shamed thusly. And before I continue, I have to address that I understand not all modern feminists and media pundits act that way. They are most likely not the majority, but they are the most vocal minority and the ones who get the most media attention. But now I’m starting to get off-topic, so let’s move on.

The media and feminist representation of masculinity does not in any way represent the traditional masculinity that I and others like myself advocate for. Masculinity in and of itself is in no way a bad thing. Quite the contrary, men who “embrace their masculinity in a way that’s healthy and productive” are able do an inordinate amount of good for themselves and the world around them. Someone like Teddy Roosevelt is someone I would describe as traditionally masculine, but he was no tyrant who wanted to rule with an iron fist or put down anyone that he saw as below him, if he even saw anyone as that way. He was a friendly, charismatic, and altruistic leader who stood up for the everyman and  was an ardent proponent of environmental preservation. The Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln is someone I would describe as masculine. He carried loads of authority and respect, he was funny, and he was incredibly devoted to his family, on top of the myriad of other accomplishments during his presidency. Even fictional characters like Jack Arnold from The Wonder Years were fairly masculine. He was the “man of the house”, he was the one who busted his hump at his job so he could provide for his family. He didn’t do this because he hated his family or saw them as subhuman or in any way below him. He did it because he loved his wife and his kids and wanted the best future possible for them. And it’s these very tenets that I try to teach my readers.

It should come as no surprise that I try teach my readers how to be traditionally masculine, just like the men I mentioned above. I try to teach them to respect others, especially women, not rush to judgement, and treat everyone how they deserve to be treated. I also try to teach them to embrace their masculine traits – to be more assertive, to stand up for themselves, and rise up to lead and protect others when no one else will. If even these things are what is considered to be “toxic masculinity”, then I must be teaching my readers entirely wrong.

So there it is! Apologies if the end of this article sounded a bit incendiary, I in no way intended for it to come across that way. This is just a subject that gets under my skin more than most, and I wanted to put my opinion on it out there. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the article, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, 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!

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NeW’s Gentlemen Showcase!

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So for those of you who follow us on Facebook may already know about this, but I’d like to go into some more detail about the contest I have been nominated for!

Every year, the Network of Enlightened Women holds a contest known as the Gentlemen Showcase. Beginning in 2010, the NeW started the Gentlemen Showcase as a way to honor the accomplishments and chivalry of young gentlemen in today’s world. Whoever wins the contest will have $1,000 donated to the charity of his choice. And in an absolute shock, I was actually nominated! Apparently someone saw something in me enough to nominate me for this, and I could not be more honored.

If you click this link here, it will take you to a page that will allow you to cast your vote for the contest, and it would mean the world to me if you voted for me. My charity of choice is the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the doctors and countless children under their care could benefit a great deal from the $1,000 donation. Also, don’t forget that you can cast a vote every twenty-four (24) hours between now and February 28 when voting closes. I would very much appreciate your help! In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the article, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, 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!

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The Value of Being a Gentleman

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 FacebookTwitter, 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!