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Maxims of Manhood?

I had some time today and picked up a new book entitled, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1605506613?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1605506613″span style=”font-style:italic;”The Maxims of Manhood: 100 Rules Every Real Man Must Live By/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1605506613″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / that was floating around the house (sent by a publisher to Glenn). As one can gather from the title, the book is full of little maxims about “how to be a man.” Though there were some decent maxims to sift through, I must say I wasn’t terribly impressed.br /br /I guess if you are a man who likes being told what to do or needs tips like “keep the one-night-stands classy,” then this little gem is for you. Me, (granted, I am not a man) I would rather go my own way without a set of rules that sound more like the writer is afraid to trust himself and resorts to cliches about what men should be rather than be who he is (but he does admit in the end of the book after all the maxims that one should use his own judgment). br /br /My biggest complaint is that his “modern code of masculinity” reads more like a cross between objectifying women on the one hand and being a bit too PC for my taste (others may disagree) on the other. For example, Maxim #86–“First date is always drinks” sounds harmless enough until you read the reasoning. The author points out that if the date is gorgeous and laughs at your jokes, there is no need to buy her dinner, if ugly, she has wasted your time and your money and finally, if she is just horny, you could just “take her to Home Depot and you’d still be in good shape.” Real nice treatment of women there. br /br /On the other hand, he spends some time with PC nonsense–pretty much acting as if most men are either pigs (Maxim #90–“You Don’t Cheat”) or just plain goofballs. In Maxim #67–he states “Don’t be That Guy.” “He’s the scourge of nightlife, the butt of all jokes, the dregs of our gender….” If you’re acting like just about any of Carrie’s dates in “Sex and the City,” you’ve turned into That Guy.” What has “That Guy” done to deserve this title? br /br /He paid for a beer with a hundred-dollar bill… “as if women will come flocking because he’s made 20 percent of what a hooker makes in an hour.” He clipped a Blackberry to his belt, tipped too little, or talked/ bragged loudly on his phone about his stock portfolio, and dances too close to women. Annoying? Sure. But to be called the “dregs of our gender,” seems a bit extreme. I can think of things a lot worse. Of course, some radical feminists can’t.br /br /Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think this book is totally without merit. But I must say that it was not for me–but then, I am not his target audience. br /br /If you have other books with advice for men that you have enjoyed, or not, drop in a comment with the title and why you like/disliked it.