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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:

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

  2. 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).

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

  4. Anon,

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

  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    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…..

  6. 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!

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