OK so I am back in civilization and have steady access to a computer. For now I am going to do a rain check on the conversation on vegetarianism (I still want to interview people, thanks for emailing!). I would not interrupt such an interesting topic for just anything, though! In the next 30 days, I will be blogging DAILY (prescheduled posting on Saturdays or maybe it will be posted late Saturday night), as I undertake a 30 day challenge designed to make me a better man, according to the blog The Art of Manliness. As to not fatigue my readers, I’ll keep my daily updates brief. As I type, I’ve just recruited my dear bro “Cranky,” who will also be following this month-long process. If any of you would like to do it, the more the merrier!
The 30 days consist of the following tasks:
The reason I’m taking up so much space on a blog on feminism to do this, is because when I first stumbled upon this site last year, I was fascinated and felt awfully jealous that becoming a better man meant doing all of (well, most of) these things. I’d like to explore how and if and which of these things associated with becoming a better “man” are ways to simply become a better person, and what obstacles someone who is not in the “man” class faces in doing these same things (my lack of testicles is going to force me to be a little creative with Day 11). I want to find the boundaries of masculinity and general self-improvement to maybe climb them or get shocked by an electric fence like in Jurassic Park or whatever. Here is my bias: I think these are all wonderful things, but that women and other non-cis-men may not have access to these things, either through practical, institutional barriers, or goddamnit through our own damn contriving. I imagine a Jezebel 30 days list would look something like the following:
30 Days to Become a Better Woman
1. Splurge on chocolate!
2. Have a craigslist anonymous encounter (rahr, empowerment!)
3. Update your iTunes Playlists
4. Have a girls night out at a gay barrrrrrr!
5. Get a Twitter.
6. Buy a diva cup.
7. Full day at the spaaaaaaa!
Anyhow, tomorrow I will be a better man than I am today, and that is 1000x better than being a better reader of Jezebel.
(PS anyone interested in launching a men’s website called Haman?)