Well, I’m back from the travels detailed in my “decline of civilization” post.
The KIA appears to be its old self again. Though things didn’t go easy (and it took my local insurance agent helping me get the boss’s boss on the case), the claims people finally talked turkey with the KIA service center. Once that happened, everything came together nicely.
I even had a great time on the part of my trip not dedicated to tweaker thieves, destruction, and insurance claims. Even on the bad days, I — as usual — got by with a little, or a lot, of help from my friends.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to produce the final narrative installment of my blogseries “In Praise of Men.”
Soon now. I promise.
Meanwhile, I’ll share with you a selection of links I’ve collected while researching that project. I intended to do this all along, but planned it as the ultimate, not the penultimate, feature in the series. Oh well, who expects rational order in this world of chaos?
So, in no particular order or topic grouping, here are interesting readings on the subject of what our crazy culture and physical environment are doing to boys, men, and the future of a healthy human race. Also a few more positive articles.
Some of these I’ve linked earlier in the series; most not. More than a little help from my friends here, also, including C^2, S, j, and the blog Commentariat.
Most recent: “America Has a Boy Crisis.” This link also has the virtue of being from a new online ‘zine directed toward hip and fashionable young women — but with a traditionalist slant.
Even oblivious Newsweek noticed a few years ago a baffling crisis affecting male fertility
Falling male fertility rates are a real crisis, not your Basic Standard Media-Generated Crisis. Recently, it became somewhat less baffling. Maybe.
Scott Greenfield: Sex and Salience. The diverse priorities of men and women.
In Praise of Masculine Love. On the importance of good — and sometimes tough — men in the lives of boys.
An “oldie” from the nostalgic good old days (well, relatively speaking) when Trump was president: His “dragon energy” inspired strong black men. A liberal perspective.
Two from Goodmenproject.com:
Six Kinds of Compliments Men Would Like to Hear More Often.
Seven Things Men Want in a Relationship.
Don’t believe the breezy claims of activists. What medical gender transition really looks like, By a transgender man.
A young liberal woman describes her fling with a Proud Boy.
Rod Dreher on the cultural shift toward no family, no children, and no future. (Even I — hardly a big family person — think this thoughtful piece contains many important points. Dreher is like that; I disagree with him frequently and admire his thinking tremendously.)
Mark Tapson: The War on Manly Men.
Yeah, it’s from Penthouse (albeit the Australian edition) so it has its biases. But it makes its point strongly: men are getting a raw deal. Great illustration, too.
Two on the great pioneer of feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft:
the feminist (and very libertarian) views of Mary Wollstonecraft, “I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.”
More Wollstonecraft quotes.
Speaking of biases, even the wokesters of Bored Panda see men’s struggles, though their prescription for the problem might be 180 degrees from mine.
Finally, a very oldie, but very goodie from Kate Jimenez of the California Homeschool Network: The Trouble with Boys. This is from my very first website, Wolfe’s Lodge, which Bill St. Clair has preserved for lo these many years. It was written just after the Columbine High School massacre, and seems as apt as ever in this month when deadly young men are in the news again.