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The Rational Male

I know I’m not the smartest guy, but I found this book hard to follow. It’s poorly written and poorly organized. However, this is a tremendously interesting read, but not for why you may think.

I’ve had a unique experience while reading this in that I’ve signed up for some male forums and met some of the guys in real life. It’s interesting to compare their online personalities with who they are in real life.

Rollo became famous for his posts in male-centric forums. But Rollo is a beta. I keep getting this feeling that Rollo is a beta who writes well and started early enough to get a following.

Here’s a controversial quote from the book and part of his Iron Rule VI, “Women are utterly incapable of loving a man in the way that a man expects to be loved.”

At one point he talks about how women lose their sex drive when in relationships. That they start to use sex as a reward. That’s only true if you’re a beta male or bad at sex. In nearly all the relationships I’ve been in, the woman’s sex drive is higher than mine. She never denies me sex when I want it. And I’m no super-top-dog-alpha male.

If your woman is denying you, the man, sex there are serious problems with you, the man.

But the author doubles down by saying “one of the single most annoying tropes I read/hear from men (more so than even women it seems) is that women are just as/more sexual than men.”

Women are more sexual than men. Period. This is a basic truth of my life. Women are basically balls of sexual energy. The only living things that rival women’s potential for sexuality is probably the most flamboyant gay men.

He talks about not getting sex for a week in an LTR being the end of the world. I think he’s misremembering his past. Do you know how many sexless weeks I’ve had in my life?

Now, this is probably a great read for most guys who are clueless about dating and women.

Here are some noteworthy quotes:

  • Women don’t want a man to cheat, but they love a man who could cheat.
  • The main reason for embracing rejection is that rejection is better than regret.
  • Experience teaches harsh, but it teaches best. Rejection, real, raw, in your face rejection stings like a bitch. It must be something so intolerable that human beings will devise countless social and psychological constructs in order to avoid it. However, there is no better teacher than getting burned by the stove.
  • When a woman resorts to overt communication (covert being her native language) she’s generally exhausted her patience to be covert and this is a desperation tactic for an insecure woman.

And, to end, he says statistically, men have far greater difficulty in coping with psychological trauma (think PTSD) than women.

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In 2015, Danny got fired from Airbnb. Just two years later, he started two successful businesses and wrote a best-selling book. Since then, he's become a bodybuilding, location-independent, minimalist traveling the world while living in Airbnbs. He describes himself as a skeptic, contrarian, and expert cuddler. In his spare time he reads, cooks, and plays basketball. Follow his journey on Instagram or YouTube.

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