CoverBoy: James Charles Dickinson is Not a Girl

James Charles Dickinson is not a girl. The seventeen-year-old high school student and makeup expert from Bethlehem, N.Y., has just been named a model for cosmetics giant CoverGirl. Dickinson (who also goes by James Charles) has nearly 600,000 followers on Instagram and more than 80,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. After premiering in CoverGirl’s “So … Continued


Why Social Justice Warriors Can’t Leave Women’s Magazines Alone

“Thousands of marketing specialists are paid ungodly amounts of money to brainwash you, sell you an illusion and destroy your self esteem. These magazines should be illegal. They’re fundamentally anti-woman and anti-you and you’ve given them the power with your wallet.” That’s the conclusion of Oskar T. Brand, a social commentator who recently created a … Continued


RIP “Manly” Journalists—and Good Riddance

  Fellow columnist Mark Judge published an article on Acculturated on Monday with the sensational title—“Where Have All the Manly Journalists Gone?” In describing his father, a 30-year veteran writer and editor of National Geographic, along with a number of high-profile men in the field, Judge advances his personal and highly biased understanding of journalistic … Continued


Is America Still a Fun Country?

There is a great virtue to American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt, the new book by John Beckman. That virtue is that American Fun strives to be about more than nostalgia.  This isn’t a book by a man rhapsodizing about the kicks of his youth, but rather a well-researched argument that America is objectively … Continued


Vanity Fair 100: Modernism, Art, and Beauty

Wow. Now this is how it’s done. I just got a copy of the new coffee table book Vanity Fair 100, and it is a stunner. The book is a retrospective on Vanity Fair magazine, which was founded in 1913 and for its first twenty-two years was edited by Francis Welch “Crownie” Crowninshield. Crowninshield was … Continued


The Pantheon: My Father in Life and Death

The primary male role model to a boy is his father. Mine was truly one in a million, which is why he’s the first in my series on the Pantheon – the list of great mean who have helped and inspired me in life. My father taught me two things that are essential for any … Continued

The Pantheon

Tupac Shakur & Helping Men Become Men

I recently came across an old song by Tupac Shakur, “Keep Ya Head Up.” It was another reminder of a phenomenon that has become part of our culture in the last forty years: the absence of men, which has forced women to try and teach men how to be men. Here are some lyrics from “Keep … Continued

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God, Onanism, and the Woman Who Said No

It’s not something fun to write about. The potential for embarrassment or personal–and even career–damage is real. And yet, here at Acculturated, we’re in the business of dealing with the popular culture, God, and the virtues, so when the topic comes up, we’d be cowards not to address it. I’m talking about sex, yes, but … Continued