‘Breathe’ Official Trailer

This is the awesome trailer for ‘Breathe’, telling the true-life story of Robert Cavendish, who after being given only three months to live after being paralysed from the neck down by polio at age 28, becomes a pioneering advocate for the disabled. He and his devoted wife, Diana, travel the world with the hopes of transforming the lives of others like him.

The film stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy and looks like it’ll prove a winner at the box office.

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Ben is our main writing guy at Dons Den, a freelance writer, editor and photographer, he covers many subjects relating to men’s issues.

The Killers Are Back!

We’re pretty excited here at Dons Den about this new track by The Killers! One of our favourite bands, since they first appeared way back in 2004. This new single certainly doesn’t disappoint!

Our main man Brandon Flowers is on top form, as is the rest of the boys. Let’s hope they gain some more fans with this one.

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Ben Mirza

Ben is our main writing guy at Dons Den, a freelance writer, editor and photographer, he covers many subjects relating to men’s issues.

Winter is Here: Game of Thrones Season Seven Trailer

 

We don’t know about you, but here at Dons Den, we’re pretty happy to see the first trailer for Season 7 of Game of Thrones. Now, we wouldn’t recommend you to just watch any TV series, but Game of Thrones is something special.

Since 2010, the adaption of George R. R. Martin’s books ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ has had the world gripped to their screens, and we couldn’t be more excited about this latest instalment.

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Ben is our main writing guy at Dons Den, a freelance writer, editor and photographer, he covers many subjects relating to men’s issues.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Ultimate Workout

 

If you haven’t heard, our favourite professional wrestler and Hollywood actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has taken YouTube by storm recently, sharing his ultimate workout, as well as other videos, giving tips for gaining the muscles many of us so desperately need.

His videos have proved an awesome tool for many guys out there, so, if you really want to look like a God among men, then head on over to YouTube and check his stuff out!

ATL-2Ben Mirza

Ben is our main writing guy at Dons Den, a freelance writer, editor and photographer, he covers many subjects relating to men’s issues.

Guy Ritchie and Charlie Hunnam Discuss Gangster TV Series

Guy Ritchie is one of our most favourite directors here at The Dons Den. With an excellent collection of films under his belts, including ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, ‘Snatch’ and ‘Revolver’, to name a few.

We were excited to see that our friends over at the Lad Bible had secured an interesting interview with the man, along with Charlie Hunnam. Just prior to the release of their block buster ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’, the pair discussed the possibility of filming of a Cockney gangster TV series.

ATL-2Ben Mirza

Ben is our main writing guy at Dons Den, a freelance writer, editor and photographer, he covers many subjects relating to men’s issues.

A Homeless Man Gets the Makeover of His Life

 

So, you’ve probably seen the video of this guy doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter. The 55-year-old Jose Antonio, a homeless man from Majorca who got the makeover of his life. Well, we’re going to show you again, because this really is a cool story!

Jose was well known around the small Spanish island, having spent the last 25 years living on the streets. It was nearly two years ago that Jose made it known he was looking for a job and a girlfriend, and that was when La Salvajeria Salon stepped in.

The boys and girls at La Slavajeria gave Jose a complete makeover, new clothes, haircut etc. The confidence boost this gave him clearly lasted, as 18 months later, Jose had found a job and an apartment.

Speaking to the Mail Online, Jose said:

‘I doubt any of these changes would have happened if it wasn’t for the help of people like the hair salon owner and other locals who have assisted me to get back on my feet. I’ll be eternally grateful to them. It’s not just a change of looks. It’s changed my life.’

What we can take from this, is that a simple act of kindness to a brother goes a very long way indeed. Finally, we should remember that the percentage of men living rough, due to hitting hard times, such as job loss, unfair divorce settlements etc, as opposed to women, is astronomically high, and something needs to be done about that!

ATL-2Ben Mirza

Ben is our main writing guy at Dons Den, a freelance writer, editor and photographer, he covers many subjects relating to men’s issues.

Male Affection and Its Benefits

I was struck by the black demon of depression and anxiety in my late teens and early twenties, a time when many men are, with iron like determination, trying to forge their destiny and make sense of themselves now that they have transitioned from a boy to a man. In these fragile years of transition I had lost two men, two men who meant the world to me – my father and grandfather – I was 18 when they both died in quick succession, and their deaths caused an emotional cataclysm that only in this past year I was able, after many years of pondering and endless internal conversations, to lay to rest.

I have always been an affectionate man, atavistically demonstrative, something also encouraged and nurtured by my immediate family. I found it a benefit and a curse during my years of struggle with the black demon. These years were fraught in many ways, due increasingly to a merry-go-round of gaining and then losing friends, as a man of warmth and affection, I have always, and will forever, value friendship with such passion, and for the most part, this facet of my personality helped me come out of the darkness. As a younger man, my failing was to be too open with too many people, too quickly, and lack that ability to judge characters precisely. Now, I feel that I have steadily gained that ability to judge a character, maybe not fully, but certainly in the immediate.

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Tragically, in the feminised environment that the Western world has created for itself in the last forty to fifty years, many boys and men alike are suffering from an onset of emotional retardation, fuelling the fires of alienation and all the psychological destruction that goes with that, with the disruption of the harmonious balance between the masculine and the feminine, they are either becoming too emotional and thus feminine, or lacking emotion so much that they become the worst parodies of a masculine man, the type of men that third-wave feminists fantasise about.

In a culture that has set about on a course of nihilistic and hyper-individualistic destruction, a good understanding of affection, particularly between each other, is what many men lack today. Men need to get back to seeing their male friends as brothers, who can help each other with all manner of things, as our ancestors did, and as many men throughout the world still do. With my father’s family hailing from a culture where men, to this day, understand the positive properties of affection with their friends, I was able to see first hand that this behaviour was quite natural. It was an everyday occurrence to see male relatives and their friends embrace one another, have their arms around each other and kiss each other on the cheek. Of course, all were and are manly men, salt of the earth, hard-working fighters, so there was no sexual connotations in their actions, it was simply pure unadulterated love.

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Writing in The Art of Manliness, Brett McKay, touched upon the subject of male affection in its historical context. A rich photographic essay with nearly 100 photos of male bonding, Brett said – “As you make your way through the photos, many of you will undoubtedly feel a keen sense of surprise — some of you may even recoil a bit as you think, “Holy smokes! That’s so gay!” The poses, facial expressions, and body language of the men will strike the modern viewer as very gay indeed. But it is crucial to understand that you cannot view these photographs through the prism of our modern culture and current conception of homosexuality. The term “homosexuality” was in fact not coined until 1869, and before that time, the strict dichotomy between “gay” and “straight” did not yet exist. Attraction to and sexual activity with other men was thought of as something you did, not something you were. It was a behaviour — accepted by some cultures and considered sinful by others.”

This contemporary confusion over male affection and its, fairly new, correlation with homosexuality has proved a detriment to men’s well-being. The photos I and Brett McKay sourced are now looked at through sexualised modern eyes as some kind of secret gay history. Of course, one or two of these men in the photos may have been gay, but I can say with confidence that if these men could see what “journalists” are writing in dire digital rags like BuzzFeed about them, being part of some pre-1960’s gay culture, they would give these dim wits a swift punch in the face. In my research I found that entire books had been published by intellectual ne’er do wells, who have spent too much time reading Sigmund Freud and Alfred Kinsey, and have absolutely no understanding of history or male psychology. These books further the lie that male affection, indeed affection of any kind, goes hand-in-hand with sexuality.

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We see that with homosexuality becoming mainstream, a society will come to its conclusions on what is and is not “gay behaviour”. Take England as an example, during the Sodomy Trial of Oscar Wilde, revelations of his sexual exploits began circulating, and as the news became a national sensation, soldiers who used to walk around the parks of London holding hands stopped immediately. Now, this may be seen as insignificant, but it kick started the decline of male affection as it had always been.

In a society that no longer cares for men’s well-being, for example with male suicide rates reaching epidemic proportions, affection among our friends, as men, should be discussed, as the benefits of physical affection are numerous. As Dr Kory Floyd articulated in his article for Psychology Today, affection releases positive hormones and reduces stress hormones. Scientific studies have also shown that affection lowers fears of mortality and helps us reinforce our bonds with each other.

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At no other time in history have men needed to look at themselves and their brothers for support, and affection is something that will help in bringing us closer.

ATL-2Ben Mirza

Ben is our main writing guy at Dons Den, a freelance writer, editor and photographer, he covers many subjects relating to men’s issues.