Quintus can be found at qcurtius. His work has been reviewed at Taki's Magazine. Something always vaguely turned me off about it, with its smug, woman-friendly, safe, feel-good presentation, and those feelings have recently hardened into outright hostility. Simply put, Art of Manliness is neither artful nor manly. These are the problems I have with the site. If you look at the website, it seems like more than half of the articles there were written by the two of them.
And herein lies the biggest problem that the website can never overcome. No woman can offer a man advice on how to be a man. Thou shalt not accept advice from a woman on manliness. There are no exceptions to this rule. The inescapable fact is that the art of being a man is a subject outside of her range of experience. But only in feminized America can a woman presume, with her infinite arrogance, to offer advice to men on how to be a man.
She may truly believe it, and she may sincerely want it. But beware her just the same. Because deep down, in her innermost heart, the most secret and cherished desire of every woman is to see a man dethroned, and rolled in the muck. But it is true just the same. You can just feel it. On this path of struggle that we men must walk, our woman cannot carry our burdens.
We are, each of us, alone. And this is the first law of masculinity. And it is the most important law. Lack of Suffering Another irritating thing about this site is its rated G, safe, feel-good tone. There is no angst here.
There is no bitterness here. There is no suffering, no anguish, no pain, no conflict, no controversy. We men need these things. We need struggle, combat, stress, anxiety, bitterness, and anguish. These things define us. They create us, and make us who we are. Yet Kate and Brett want to take those things away from me, and reduce me to a neutered goody-two-shoes, like them.
Well, guess what, Kate and Brett. I need my angst and my bitterness. What makes us so much greater than you, and more profound than you, is that we recognize this. When you read Return of Kings, you are confronted with a raw, bracing, bitch-slapping experience. It is an experience bristling with emotion, sexual energy, anxiety, angst, suffering, and mania. And it is well that it should be so. For this is the raw energy of the masculine masses bubbling forth in all its uncontrolled intensity.
We revel in that. We are the unloved, the unwanted, the dispossessed, and the downtrodden. And our message is more sincere, more honest, and more real, than anything you can offer.
And it is we, Kate and Brett, who will inherit the earth. Lifestyle Limitations Another credibility issue arises from the worldview and lifestyle of the McKays. A photo of the couple , combined with this other information, seems to indicate that they are practicing Mormons. I want to be very clear here that I would never criticize anyone solely on the basis of their background, faith, or ethnicity. A major part of the male experience is the pursuit and conquest of women.
To deny that is delusional. AoM offers zero advice on the topic of recreational sex. Tone In its overall tone, Art of Manliness seems sterile, neutered, and cold.
There is too much of a corporate feel, too much of an appearance of a retail sales site. There is none of the rollicking, Wild West deviltry that you will find in the comments section of a Return of Kings article.