Do you also feel like modern young men have turned into weak and cowardly crybabies? Have modern men lost the understanding of masculinity, with its values of self-reliance, strength and personal responsibility? Do you regret the destruction of the nuclear family by man-hating feminists, forcing many boys to grow up without a father? Then check out this Art of Manliness review!
Art of Manliness Review
After all, Brett and Kate McKay observed the same with great concern. That’s why they founded the Art of Manliness website back in 2008, so they could help young men to grow up and rediscover the lost virtues of manliness. AOM quickly grew into a successful online men’s interest magazine. The McKays bundled the best tips and advice into a book with the same name, while also hosting a podcast series wherein Brett discusses many interesting topics.
The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man offers pieces of wisdom to motivated young men, instructing the reader on several practical techniques and the importance of self-reliance, discipline and personal responsibility. You know, those typical traditional values and skills that any good father or grandfather would normally pass on to you. Overall, this is an excellent book to give to a teenage boy or even a young twenty-something. And especially for those lacking a father figure who could give them the necessary guidance and direction to succeed in life.
Each chapter describes a distinctive manly role (the gentleman, the father, the lover, the leader, …) and discusses the virtues of each aspect. On top of that, the practical tips on men’s style, grooming, etiquette, dating, and manly values, will help transform you into the best version of yourself – a respected and responsible manly member of society.
The book has a distinct retro style, mimicking the look and feel of the AOM website. Clearly written, each page offers concise advice and contains some tongue-in-cheek humor as well. The Art of Manliness encourages you to behave like a 19th century gentleman and rediscover their concepts of manliness in the process. Sadly, many good values and skills of these older days have been lost. And it would definitely benefit our modern society if these were reintroduced. I like technological advancement, but even I admit some things were just better “in those good old days.” For example, it’s due to the book (and website) that I converted from electric shaving to the traditional wet shave with a safety razor and brush. Try it and feel the difference. I never want to go back to the modern way of shaving.
You can buy The Art of Manliness through the AOM Shop for $18.99. You can also purchase the Art of Manliness Collection Boxed Set (priced at $29.99) which includes this book as well as The Art of Manliness: Manvotionals.
Here are some examples of the content:
- Three ways to tie a tie.
- Shave like your grandpa.
- Band of brothers: making and keeping strong friendships.
- Stop hanging out with women and start dating them.
- Balance work and family.
- Give your son a right of passage.
- Five traits of leadership.
Sounds interesting, right? That’s because it is.
There’s just one problem I have with The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man.
The book puts women on a major pedestal, practically encouraging you to treat girls like a goddess. It tells you to play “Mr. Nice Guy,” and cater to a girl’s every whim. I have a distinct problem with that. I certainly do not recommend this cucked behavior to any modern man.
After all, what is the point of being a gentleman, when there hardly are any worthy ladies around who still deserve such a treatment?
The Art of Manliness initiative is useless without its female counterpart, teaching girls to become that very rarest of specimen nowadays – a feminine, well-behaved and worthy woman. If women refuse to be the best version of themselves, they sure as hell don’t deserve the best version of yourself.
Many women nowadays dump their husbands and boyfriends, leech of welfare and alimony, and spend most of their time partying, twerking and drinking. Simply put, they’ve changed into loudmouthed, degenerate feminists. They have forgotten the values of true femininity. Instead of bettering themselves and complementing men, women want to compete with men – and generally fail at it. Once these women become older and finally decide to settle down, they are surprised that men want nothing to do with them.
That’s why I do not agree with much of the dating and love advice in this book. It does not belong in this modern era, where the social dynamics between men and women have fundamentally changed. So the sooner men understand this and adapt to the new reality, the better.
Pros: Good beginner tips for male self-improvement.
Cons: Some tips too outdated for these modern times.
The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man provides many practical tips which every young man should learn and apply. There’s no doubt that any male teenager who applies the book’s advice will set himself upon the path of success. The retro feel and humor is also quite clever and entertaining.
However, other sections and advice in the book felt too outdated, particularly when discussing male-female relationships. I therefore question whether the old fashioned style of gentlemen still has a place in our modern day society.
To conclude my Art of Manliness review: would I recommend this book to others? Yes, I would. And I have already done so in the past. But The Art of Manliness provides the greatest value to teenage boys or young men in their early twenties. Nonetheless, this book still offers useful knowledge to a lost thirty-something who needs to regain some self-discipline and guidance on life. I still re-read a chapter now and then before bed.
Personally, The Art of Manliness was an introduction to conscious self-improvement for me. This book enabled me to discover other mindset, masculinity and self-improvement authors, like Victor Pride. These people have truly helped to open my eyes. But I will never forget that it all began with Brett McKay and his work. For that, I will always be grateful.
What are your thoughts on the declining standard of masculinity in Western society? Let me know in the comments below.
Take care of yourself.