Posted on | December 2, 2012 | 16 Comments
Via the never boring Sully,
— Ms. Navillus (@SalaciousSully) December 2, 2012
I read the post, based upon this photo:
I’m not going to discount entirely the possibility that I’m just a hyper-conservative whackjob and genetically wrong about everything, but it seems to me that the socialization process regarding sexual assault should start a lot earlier than when you’re eligible for our first federal student loan. Again, I could be way off about this. I just don’t think I am.
Look, I get that statements like this make everybody feel good, but I reckon that it’s well past time that we recognize that things that make you feel good are often pretty stupid. Take cocaine as just one example. It makes you feel awesome, but it’s a really poorly considered lifestyle choice unless, of course, you’re me. Always remember that these are professional tricks, performed by a professional and not intended for home use.
The basic premise of this message is silly for practical reasons, as well. For those of you who spent too much time in school, I think it’s necessary to point out that feminism is a philosophy. It might well be that it is among the finest philosophies ever devised, but that misses an essential point. So far as I’m aware, no philosophy is going to overwhelm a violent oaf with a hard cock that outweighs you by as much as 80 pounds. I have yet to see that in a mixed martial arts class. There comes a point when things like reason are pretty much useless.
“Socialization process”. That’s Progress for ya! The notions of “parenting” and “growing up” are macerated, puréed, atomized, and turned into a “socialization process”. Up that noise.
How about we scuttle this negative “Don’t Rape” thought, and, instead of a specific negative rule, offer a positive guideline: “Be A Man.” BAM! We’ve been going through Stu Weber’s Tender Warrior at my Friday morning Breakfast Club (as men do), and it’s about the umpteen thousandth variation on the theme of Traditional Manhood.
Cultural restoration comes when we reject pretty much everything that has occurred since the Summer of Love (i.e. my whole lifespan) and realize that the classics are classic because, unlike the Postmodern, anti-Enlightenment piffle currently polluting our Precious Bodily Fluids, the classics are lasting.
Hold a door for a lady. Call her ‘lady’. Under-react when she tells you treating her chivalrously is a veiled form of sexism. It’s all good. Her personality is her reward.
Truly, “Don’t Rape” is a waste of time. It invites the misuse of God-given creativity to rationalize sinful behavior: “She asked for it.” Yes, you can “rational lies” it every way under the sun; if she wasn’t your wife, you had no business going there. Even where consensual (Petraeus).
BAM! Being a man ties the man to the principle of manhood. You can’t outrun that. The more you try to rationalize, the more you realize that you’re (a) wrong, and (b) need to man up.
Being a man isn’t always easy, granted. But neither is it complicated.
Update: great follow-up at Andrew J. Patrick’s blog.
Update II: another apropos piece by the fabulous Gabriella.