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When I was young and still learning the ropes, there was just one type of guy: That Guy. The rule was "Don't be That Guy," and in theory, any guy who followed this rule faithfully knew where he stood.

That theory, however, turned out to be inadequate, even naïve. Nowadays, scores of new types of guy are identified every week.

But the rule has remained in place, leading to confusion and error, since no guy can keep track of all the different kinds of guy he's meant to don't be.

A paradigm shift is needed.

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It doesn't scale to just have a list of guys and an admonition to don't be any of them. And the most obvious rejoinder, to simplify the conundrum by refraining from being any type of guy at all, is not suitable for many people.

Indeed, as many are beginning to realize, a positive model seems the most promising direction in which to develop a next-generation system of guy-dance.

Guydance, like guidance, not... not dancing... that's something else.

@fool@mastodon.technology it is time we create a new, better type of guy. instead of defining ourselves by what we are not, we will define ourselves by what we could be. we must look to positive sources of guyness in our life and model this for others so that they will say "I want to be that guy" instead of "i'm glad i'm not that guy"

@fool the discovery of the “don't be that guy” guy was a dark time, and we are all still recovering

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