Hey everyone, I'm considering the idea to start a club this year at my high school focusing on restoring the lost art of manliness and becoming better men(or women) in the world today. We will meet twice a month and have lessons on life skills (changing a flat tire, picking the right pocket knife, starting a fire without matches, growing facial hair, old-fashioned shaving, manners, ect.), discussions on relevant topics (joining the military, ethics, responsibility, trust, planning for the future, ect.), as well as participating in a different volunteer projects and a field trip ( canoeing, camping, fishing,ect) every other month. We will be open to both males and females at my school.
The important thing is the name of the organization, which I need help coming up with. Help me out?
I was thinking maybe The Young Gentlemen Alliance or something?
Why would such a club be open to women? It sounds like a live version of this website, which quite clearly doesn't appeal or cater to women. I think you'll have better success if you limit membership to young men only. If you're at a public school that may be next to impossible. A private school may be more willing to allow it.
Well, unfortunately for the club, I'am at a public school, which means I would be not only expected by required to offer entrance to the opposite sex as well. But I highly doubt many females would join once reading the summary of the club, but if they do, the more the merrier! Many man skills are just simply life skills! Thanks for the comment!
I"m going to be trying something similar at my school when it starts up again, and am considering calling it "Throwback Club". The club sort of revolves more around looking at how life was for young adults in different decades/generations, and trying to diffuse that cultural knowledge into the participants of the club.
AoM has plenty to offer to young men in high school, but as D.J. said, it would be difficult to include women in the current state of how you're planning the club. I'd definitely discuss with your social science teachers about striking a balance, or whomever teacher you have sponsor the club.
That sounds like an awesome idea!
I definitely am going to try my best to work with the school! Thanks!
Just sounds like the boy scouts. You'd probably have to sell hard why such a club even needs to exist.
I'm sure the same could have been said about Art of Manliness itself, but this site took off.
Not really. The boy scouts are a youth organization and most members here are adults.
I suppose so, but more informal and less strict, which makes it more open to people with other obligations and such. I don't think so, actually. Thank you for the input, but I'm simply searching for ideas for the name of such a club.
I understand. I just think there will be other issues that will prevent you from getting to the naming stage in the first place. Your suggested name is too exclusive of women. You'd probably have to be gender-neutral in order to engender an openness of the group towards women, and I don't think that's a bad thing.
Mhm, I think your right. Definitely no shaving lessons if more than a few girls join, haha. I guess I'll just see how it plays out. Might just turn into a life skills/survival club, though I would still mostly like to focus on the "chivalry" aspect.
I like your idea to form a young man's club, because I think its obvious today's young men need such an organization. But as Vytautas says, you're going to have to be inclusive of women.
I'm finding it difficult to put words to my thoughts here, so bear with me if my idea sounds a bit askew. There is no need to count out any topic, like shaving, regardless of how many girls join the club. It's all a matter of keeping a balance in content so as to appeal to both sexes. It's definitely healthy for each gender to know about the other's own subcultures/rituals, or what have you.
Perhaps the first few meetings would be just to get a grasp on what everyone involved is looking to gain from being a member of your club. It'd be a good way to break the ice with unfamiliar people, as well as see which direction you can head with your club, and the limits to which you can take it.