A Gentleman’s Guide

How to Survive as a Man in the Age of Misandry- and Do So with Grace

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What is a gentleman, and why should every man aspire to be one? Does the ideal still have any value in the age of feminism, "toxic masculinity," and "men going their own way"? Traditional books on manners and gentlemanly behavior have always claimed that manhood is defined by certain universal principles. But these norms have now changed so radically that the standard advice, tried and true as much of it remains, requires new formulation to be useful to the modern man.Manhood is not something you're born into it: it's something that must be achieved and proven. Dr. Baskerville presents here the frankest guide to manners and morals ever written, offering you a refreshingly honest guidebook on how to become not just a man in the modern world but a gentleman. From his huge reservoir of observations and guidelines, you'll learn:

  • Why any man can, and every man should, be a gentleman
  • Why being a gentleman is not a matter of birth, class, social superiority, or snobbery
  • How the traditional rules can be applied to benefit the modern man - and those around him.
  • Why leadership is essential to being a man and a gentleman
  • How to develop the social graces of polite society without compromising your manhood
  • How a gentleman should honor women without falling into political correctness
  • What subjects are appropriate for conversation - and which ones are not
  • Tips for courtship, marriage, and family life
  • What are the natural roles and responsibilities of fatherhood?
  • Why the ideal of the gentleman is inseparable from the responsibility to rule yourself and others
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This Gentleman’s Guide to Manners, Sex and Ruling the World contains both wise and practical advice on relating to women from a man who knows. With his enormous insight, Professor Baskerville is the intellectual heir to Professor Daniel Amneus (RIP) in whatever remains of the legitimate men’s movement ― and beyond.

 

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Richard Doyle
Men’s Equality Now International Coalition
  • Pages: 208
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-463-4
  • Product Code: 4634
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Publication Date: August 24, 2021
  • Categories: By Title, New Releases
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Integrity and Responsibility not Victimhood will Rule the World
This book is rather wonderful. It is a book whose time has come.
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Saving civilization
For over a decade the Equal Justice Foundation has been stating that under current laws a man has to be functionally insane to marry and a drooling idiot to sire a child. It was also noted that civilization could not long endure under such conditions. Stephen Baskerville has taken up that challenge head on in his latest book. He succinctly describes why feminism, aided by legislatures and courts, must be restrained by gentlemen with education and morals who are devoted to their wives and children. In short, families must be preserved and strengthened if civilization is to endure. I would quibble about his emphasis on Puritan ethics but I do admit they have had a powerful influence on the development of the United States, though not always in a positive sense. I also note that Dr. Baskerville has no military experience and my background as a Marine certainly influences my opinion on what is required of a man in life compared to Dr. Baskerville. However, I suggest his latest book is a must read for men and women in today's society. in the interest of full disclosure, readers should also be aware that Dr. Baskerville has been a Director of the Equal Justice Foundation for the past year.
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Being a man is never effortless
This book renders a different genre from the typical scholarly/political bent of Dr. Baskerville’s previous works. Nevertheless, it provides a synthesis of his many years of knowledge and experience on the topic of masculinity and the sociological implications of sexuality in the modern age. From the introduction of the book, Baskerville hits on some major themes, not least of which is the fact that being a man is by no means easy - and never has been. “Being a gentleman - being a man - is never effortless…” Men are not born but made, is the message of this book. But instead of spouting off personal views with 21st century prejudices splattered about, Baskerville instead relies on the accumulated wisdom of the ages. Many people today are asking the basic question: what does it mean to be a man? However, few are willing to look into the past and lend respect to our ancestors in order to arrive at the answers we all seem to be looking for. “Being a gentleman means accepting responsibility, first for oneself, and then as well for one’s family, community, and country.” Yet, Baskerville also offers nuance as to what it means to take responsibility, become a leader, develop oneself, treat women, participate in public life, and how NOT to equate manliness with being tame and gentle. Modern cultural themes are also discussed, such as the MGTOW movement, which while Dr. Baskerville lends a sympathetic ear, he decries as ultimately counterproductive for precisely the reason that it operates on the basis of self-pity, which is ultimately debilitating and destructive. Although this reads as a self-help book, the content is more profound in the sense that it rides a healthy balance of rejecting the anti-male culture of the West, while simultaneously condemning the extreme reaction of misogyny and male baseness that tend to arise from corresponding resentments. This book is also very pragmatic and discusses a wide range of practical contexts in which to exercise true masculinity.
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A fun read with a serious message
At first glance--and for the first few chapters--this may appear to be a sort of ironic and amusing plea for a return to traditionalism. The very erudite author extracts from social advice books dating back centuries. We revisit many old codes of gentlemanly behavior, some of which are hilarious, particularly, and of course, when it comes to handling the ladies. Frequently the author appears to be putting on the dog. I often heard the voice of Stewie Griffin speaking to me through the pages. The book takes a much more serious turn, however, when all this quaint advice gets placed in the context of the modern dating scene. The radical feminists of the 1960's, aided by cheap and effective birth control, convinced women that they should get serious like men, have careers and put notches on their bedposts. But it turned out that most women did not like being men, and a lot of hook-ups just led to a lot of broken hearts and depression. To this end the radical feminists burrowed their way into the legal system, changing the definition of crimes like rape into "sexual assault", which would enable said hurt women to exact hefty legal retributions from the men she had had a consensual fling with. For the men who were able to participate in the all-you-can-eat sex buffet, many of them found out that all the free sex was going to cost them far more than they had ever imagined. And so the old fashioned rules about valuing and defending female chastity are not only more becoming of a gentleman, but a legal survival strategy in the age of #metoo. And again with the old fashioned understanding of female dependency: a gentleman should provide for women. The feminists however told women that they need a gentleman like a fish needs a bicycle, and marriage declined as an institution and gentlemen degenerated into perpetual adolescent males. Once the reality of all of this set in, women realized that they needed support after all, and once again the feminists stepped in with all sorts of state programs to care for single women and their offspring. This of course led to higher taxes, but it didn't stop there. Feminists pushed through no-fault divorce and turned the family courts into a veritable shakedown racket which extorts money from men and evicts them from their own homes. So the wisdom of our forefathers is becoming startlingly relevant for men of today. The wisdom of the ages endures because it respects the natural order of things, one of which is that the most basic human social unit is the nuclear family. A boy must become not just a man, but a gentleman, who can provide for and rule his woman and the children she bears him. The proven ways of producing gentlemen are not only ignored in our progressive age, but shouted down and ridiculed. But such are the strong headwinds which any return to sanity must face, and sure as the next full moon, these challenges are going to get placed squarely on the shoulders of men.
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How to Survive as a Man in the Age of Misandry – and Do So with Grace
This is a serious and thought-provoking book. It sets the scene in a political and social landscape that hinders males from growing up to become responsible men, fathers and community leaders. The worst thing that men can do, to themselves, families, communities and “the world” (reference to title) is surrender their (gentle)manhood. That being established: Now what? I want to try to encapsulate an aspect of the book that I believe makes it worthwhile for all men, not just those seeking advice on a successful move into manhood. Being a gentleman is not a superficial matter of merely practicing proper manners and polite gestures; nor is it an outdated concept to be confined to romance novels. A gentleman is the protagonist in his own epic, real-world struggle for good over evil. At its core is the battle for the survival of men who are often pitted against players with corrupt motives. This is the nature of misandry and it is definitely not a gentleman's cause to bow to the horde of nefarious characters that would profit at his expense and to the detriment of his family and community. The author brings an especially powerful expertise to the conversation. He has taught political science at universities in the US and Europe for over 30 years and has been publishing on family issues for almost 25 years. His research included a great deal of field work that is related to this topic. He has demonstrated in writing and other activities (see his author page for other books) a familiarity with the chief antagonists, their weapons and tactics, and their cultural impact. His knowledge shows. The book takes the form of a detailed argument rather than an arbitrary proclamation of behaviors. Readers will gain knowledge of the treacherous terrain that men face and what they need to consider in order to find their way. All good men should be part of this conversation. Read the book.
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