Obsolete Man Skills

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Actually, some of the stuff in this makes some sense - like knowing how to fix your car. You need a computer, not an adjustable wrench and hammer, these days. [sad]. Of course, that's for FIXING the car. You should still know how to do an oil change, take care of a flat, replace bulbs, and (IMO) do brakes. For much beyond that, you need to be a specialist.

As for cooking...if you like to eat, you should know how to cook. Maybe not enough to get your third Michelin Star, but if you can't make diner for four for <$20, you're lame. And, I mean a REAL dinner, not burgers and a bag of chips.

Fixing stuff around the home? Sure, pay a pro $75 and hour to take care of a dripping faucet. [rofl] There is some stuff that I'll pass on - cast iron pipe is on the list - but I can, and have, done most of the rest. And, I did my best to show and teach my kids. What they do with that is up to them.

The thing about this sort of article is that it assumes that you have only (x) number of slots that you can fill with skills - that's just stupid.

A few years back, I was at a State shoot, and nad acquired a new patch, and I was sewing it onto my vest. One of the teen-aged kids in our group expressed surprise that I could sew.

"It's a mechanical skill - you should learn, it can come in handy."

This sort of article is just to reinforce the "That's beneath me, let someone else (meaning someone beneath me) do it," attitude that more and more people are adopting. That's why people think you should get your meat at the store, where no animals are harmed.
 

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I think the article is a list of stuff the author envies in other men. Instead of taking the hard path and learning new skills, he wants everybody to dump theirs and become an emasculated beta.

Now that I think about it, this guy may have daddy issues.
A. Raised by mom and his friends dads exhibited those skills, had alot of dad envy,
Maybe
B. Dad was a total a**h***, may have smacked his mom around and was a man's man kind of guy
C. Dad raised his son in his likeness.
 
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Actually, some of the stuff in this makes some sense - like knowing how to fix your car. You need a computer, not an adjustable wrench and hammer, these days. [sad]. Of course, that's for FIXING the car. You should still know how to do an oil change, take care of a flat, replace bulbs, and (IMO) do brakes. For much beyond that, you need to be a specialist.
Brakes, fuel pump, water pump, change a belt, change a tire, spark plugs, wheel bearings... They all require actual mechanical skill that is well within "fix" and doesn't require programming.

So, I call "shenanigans" on "fix your car" too. That's absolutely a skill men (and women) should have.

What's really dumb about this is the idea that the "obsolete" skills are the domain of only men. That's ridiculous. Any feminist should be outraged at this article simply because it implies none of the skills are things women can/would do.
 

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For some things I'll call a professional... Like furnace work. The owners of the house I'm renting had a plumber come in to replace the tankless water heater coil (and a couple of other bits) last week. No way would I want to do that. Especially since he snapped two of the bolts holding it in (he used my easy-outs on one, but broke that in the second). Running electrical that I need to be 100% sure is done right (240 drops added to the garage when I moved in) to make sure there's no insurance issue later too. Plus I'd rather not get into that part. Adding the generator connection outside the house, into the breaker panel. Yeah, had it done.

If the writer is from Canada... Just another case where "blame Canada" applies in full. Or another case of the millenial disorder/disease.

BTW, for automotive things... Even with the sensors in wheels these days, it pays to be able to check the tire pressure with an external device (I use a non-digital gauge) and be able to add air as needed. Hell even my mother can do that and she's over 70. Of course, I don't know if my brother-in-law or nephew can do it. Doubt my sister can, or would. Sad all around there. IMO, if you're not in an apartment building, you should have an air compressor of some size. There's always something you can use it for. Even if it sits idle for months, eventually you'll need it.
 
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On the flip side, I rate awesome any woman who can nail 3 or 4 of those skills to be ditched according to betacuck.com

That website has nothing to do with men, certainly not asking men about anything. The beta male fad will blow over eventually. Once it gets recognized and put on a magazine cover, it's already past its peak.



It's getting VERY sad when the pop culture ideal male would totally get his ass kicked by a drag queen-

 

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article claims no need to have car repair skills because now we have electric cars. And uber. Wtf? Uber cars fix themselves?
I have been been wasting countless hours watching the dude on youtube who hacks and rebuilds written off Teslas, just because " f*** you Tesla." The guy is not a pro mechanic, but damn, he is fun watch.
Rich Rebuilds
 
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