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RECAP The State of Masculine Art and Entertainment (Livestream)

We went live recently with the Masculine Geek crew (Vince, Rob, and TJ) and with Rian Stone and Roman Astral to talk a bit about masculine art, writing, and entertainment: Is there such a thing? What is it? Where does one find it?

Here’s the gist of what we came up with so far:

  • classic masculinity in the result of evolution and not bound to any spiritual or political beliefs or ideologies
  • bold personal vision uninfluenced public opinion or critical reception, unapologetic, “outcome independent”
  • direct, vivid language and style (generally)
  • objectifies women as distinct from and complementary to men; values those characteristics and capabilities of women that men don’t have or can’t provide for themselves;
  • capable men meeting challenges or dealing with challenges without resorting to victimhood or pity-seeking
  • action-driven or dominated; less emphasis on navigating relationships/more emphasis on managing relationships through independent thought, action, and leadership
  • classic masculine virtues of physical strength, resolve, independence, perseverance (especially in face of rejection or dismissal by incapable leaders or bureaucrats); pragmatic and results-oriented when faced with challenges, regardless of protocols or expected behavior; solving the problem; accepts conflict; willing to test fate
  • primary masculine virtues (as above) are universal
  • classic masculine virtues, having been largely branded as “toxic” by cultural elites, has in the 21st century gone more independent (in terms of production and distribution) and underground; compare movies, music, and entertainment and art in general over the last decade+ to pre-21st century.

A few examples discussed:

  • Hemingway’s actions in WW1 and his adventures in travel and bloodsports which make up much of his writing and inform many of his characters
  • James Bond (playboy-spy-assassin because he’s good at it and prefers the lifestyle)
  • Melville
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Picasso
  • Pin-up Art and masculine art/cover art–Gil Elvgren, Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, Vargas
  • The initial run of Heavy Metal magazine in the 70s and 80s, and the Heavy Metal movie
  • Contrasting Jason Bourne (idealism exploited by country, brainwashed into doing things he ultimately rejects) and James Bond’s embracing a similar life as appealing and his best option
  • John McClain (Die Hard franchise) as a classic masculine hero of the late 20th Century
  • The recent (2000-present) coupling of classically masculine heroes with feminine motivations or serving a female’s directives
  • The Three Stooges

Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzQD6gyX1ko