Take Car and Driver, Wired, Maxim, The Economist, Time, and People magazines, add a bit of bodybuilding and just for the hell of it, a slice of Vogue, throw an intentional male tone over the whole thing and you’d have a good idea of what AskMen.com is all about.
Portraying itself as a magazine-gone-Web site, AskMen will answer all of the manly questions you need to know. Which direction do I shave? Who is Dick Cheney? How come females avoid my immediate area? Practically anything one could possibly want to know about the male lifestyle is stored here. The site is mostly comprised of articles tackling any subject that comes up with sections devoted to — among others — power and money, fashion, cars, health, and of course, women.
In addition to these articles, there are forums for the community to discuss current topics and perhaps find advice on subjects not covered in the articles. There are surveys in each given category, including their famous, consistently updated 99 top women and 49 top men (don’t be surprised if you find out the qualifying characteristics vary a bit between genders), and even instructional guides meant to teach you anything from dressing right to mixing your own drinks.
Now, so far, this Web site might seem like a tool tailored exclusively to men, which . . . it really is. However, it should serve quite a useful function for women as well. Need insight into the male mind? Well, here it is, and it’s not even complicated.
AskMen.com recently updated to a new format with a category bar across the top, which makes it relatively easy to find what you’re looking for, although below the bar all of the graphs, headlines, and pictures tend to jumble together. In a generation where full-time fathers are becoming more rare, AskMen.com is where you can go to find all the compiled wisdom of men.