Toxic masculinity. The Patriarchy. Hyper-masculinity. Male privilege. Locker room talk. Good ol’ boys. Male chauvinism. The casting couch. Cosby. Weinstein. Toback. O’Reilly.
These are some of the images of men saturating our media lately. But you know what? Men, on the whole, are kind of awesome.
So here are some cool facts about men.
- Men keep the lights on, the water flowing and the machines running. Men make up 92% of workers in the fields of Production, Craft, and Repair.
- Men do the most dangerous jobs. 93% of workplace deaths, and 94% of accidents, are suffered by men.
- Men take up arms in times of war. 97% of combat deaths are male.
- Men want to make their marriages work. Women are more than twice as likely as men to seek divorce.
- Good fathers are downright essential to society. 85% of all children with behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average — as do 85% of all youths in prison.
- And if that’s not enough, check out this excellent article over at Quillette.
Good men are not hard to find. They are all over the damned place.
And now for the workout of the week.
Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #78
- Improvised weapons practice. Select a blunt object safe for practice such as a hand tool from your shed like a plastic trowel, a pair of pliers, a wooden or rubber knife, a stick from your yard, a ballpoint pen, a cane, your kubotan key chain, etc. and set a countdown timer for 10 minutes. Strike the air in an “X” pattern — with sincerity and intensity! — as many times as you can before the timer beeps. Switch to your off-hand when you gas out, which should happen if you’re going at it like it’s life or death.
- Complete the Constitutional of the Month. Substitute exercises as needed based on experience/fitness level, partner requirements, etc.
- Cover 1 mile as fast as you can.
- Mental rewind meditation. After a 3-minute cool down, set a timer for 5 minutes and assume your meditative posture of choice. Regulate your breathing. Starting with right now, replay your day in your mind’s eye, like a movie in reverse. Look for things you did or said that were not exemplary. Were a gentleman or lady today? Did you do a good job of acting like the person you are in your heart? Record your realizations in your training journal.