Category Archives for Culture

Sick and Angry? Me too.

It’s only a few days after the Harvey Weinstein revelations made big news and I made a huge mistake.  Yep, I went onto Facebook.  I was intrigued by some of these “Me too!” threads, so I read a few of them that looked interesting.  After reading some and replying to a couple, I realized how […]

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Meme Culture

Questions? Do you have a question?  About anything?  From simple questions about cats to more complex queries on quantum mechanics, the answer exists out there, somewhere, on the internet. The internet has made information so easily available that complete and well thought answers to complicated questions can be communicated in gory detail just as easily […]

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Real Men Don’t Walk This Way

As I post this, Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 14 days, and the United States is still holding together. I’ve had a bunch of Facebook friends talk about participating in some of the protest marches around the country after the inauguration.  Some of the most popular ones are the women’s […]

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Exposing Evil to the Self-Aware Man

I have seen quite a few presidential elections in my time, but I’ve never witnessed so many people, including ones I know, fall prey to the evil that has arisen out of this latest one. Now, let’s be clear about evil. True evil doesn’t stand up and announce itself. True evil doesn’t lay out its […]

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Gentleman, or Obsessive?

I have written before about love song lyrics.  It’s not a pretty picture.  Love songs are extremely bad representations of love and romance.  No guy should ever copy the behavior portrayed in the songs. The roles of men reflected in the lyrics paint a picture of guys who fail at anything remotely masculine.  At best, […]

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12 Signs for Spotting a Misandrist

Women, especially feminists, love to bandy about the word “misogynist”, that is, a term to designate someone who hates women.  To a radical feminist, every person with a Y-chromosome (every man) is a presumed misogynist by nature, evidence be damned.  (Fortunately, radical feminists are few and far between.) Regular feminists are less likely to be […]

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6 Things Modern Men Need to Know About Rape Culture

(updated from a prior version to test the appeal of different formats)If you are a man, you’ve probably heard about “rape culture”.  I know that sounds terrible, even terrifying in fact, but don’t worry.  Well, maybe worry a little.  Feminists have assembled a jumbled set of attitudes and behaviors and labeled them “rape culture” in […]

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Speech: Living La Vida Caveman

This year (2014) I entered the Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest in my division a little late.  I jumped in for my home club at the last minute in the area contest, and took this speech to the division contest.I had thought that if GEICO could make cavemen funny, then the Paleo Diet, which is based […]

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Reframing Money

Sometimes in life things just don’t work the way we expect them to, and we don’t understand why.  We either don’t get the results we want or think we should get better results.  Maybe we feel we should be making more money, or getting better results in the gym, or any of a myriad of […]

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Bruno Mars is Really From Venus

If I were asked to think of names that sound truly manly, the list might include names like Silas, Burke, Leroy, Zachary, Isaac, among others.  A rugged name like Bruno might even be near the top of the list.  Bruno might be a good name for a bouncer at the local bar.  “Look out guys, […]

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Speech: Dancing Your Way to Success

I’ve spent a couple weeks doing the Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest circuit.  First the club level, then the area level and finally the division level, where I placed third with this speech.  Admittedly, that’s not much of a circuit, especially when you consider there is only one higher level anyway. The purpose of speech was […]

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Thoughts: Dedication and Purpose

The other day I was discussing with friends the topic of purpose.  “How do I find my life’s purpose?” was posed as the question that day.  One person responded, “What would you sacrifice your life for?  That’s your purpose.”  I thought about that, and it didn’t seem quite right for me.  Sacrificing your life is […]

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Thoughts: Death by A Thousand Cuts

At our recent Toastmasters Leadership Institute, also known simply as officer training, we discussed some of the reasons people leave Toastmasters.  Although the numbers vary from survey to survey, about 70 percent leave because they don’t feel their needs are being met or the club is indifferent to their needs.  About 10 to 20 percent find […]

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Thoughts: Somebody Agrees With Me!

If you thought my post about Danger and Insane Lyrics was off the wall, then I feel compelled to point out that somebody agrees with me.  That somebody is a fringe artist by the name of Paul Thorn, who was interviewed by NPR recently.  Consider this quote from the interview: “…with all the mainstream music […]

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