Saturday, April 04, 2015

The ways of men

In The Way of Men, Jack Donovan distinguishes between "being a good man" and "being good at being a man". The two qualities may correlate positively, inversely, or not at all. This distinction strikes me as the most important idea in the eminently readable book, so here's a simple pop cultural visualization of the two concepts:




6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You should denote who each of the men are. Popular entertainment is not THAT popular.

Audacious Epigone said...

From left to right and top to bottom: Maximus from Gladiator, Tony Montana from Scarface, the Lion from Wizard of Oz, and Joffrey from Game of Thrones (which I haven't seen but am going with on a good information source).

Anonymous said...

An excellent illustration, although personally I think a better choice than Maximus would have been Gary Cooper's character in High Noon.

Audacious Epigone said...

Anon,

Haven't seen the classic. Sell me on it.

Anonymous said...

I wonder, does a similar matrix exist for women?

That is is say, is there a difference between being a good woman, and being good at being a women?

What are some definitions of these types of women? What are some good pop culture examples?

This would make a good blog post on this site.....

Audacious Epigone said...

Anon,

I wonder as well, and I agree that it would make a good post, but I'm not the person to put that together!