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The Myth of the Masculinity Crisis

Posted on | May 9, 2016 | 87 Comments

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”
Rick Blaine, Casablanca (1942)

What passes for a “crisis” in 21st-century America usually reflects the peculiar concerns of pundits with too much time on their hands. Europe is being overrun by Muslims, 183 people have already been shot to death so far this year in Chicago, transvestites are hanging around public restrooms in North Carolina, federal security officers are going on murder rampages, and U.S. troops are being deployed to Yemen.

Amid all these evils, what do the intelligentsia think we need now? Some theoretical hand-wringing nonsense about a masculinity crisis:

There is a mini-boom in books about males: the young ones parents raise, often with stereotypical ideas of what a boy should be, and the adult kind that women, and men themselves, get lumbered with. Another new take is “Man Up”, a powerful, thought-provoking call to arms by Rebecca Asher, author of a previous book on the troubles with modern parenting. She and [author Tim] Samuels adduce similar woes to explain why the attention on men is necessary: their much higher involvement in violent crime, as both perpetrators and victims; boys’ higher likelihood of educational failure; untreated mental-health problems and, compared with women, vastly higher suicide rates. The recent recession led to an estimated 10,000 extra male suicides in Europe and North America, according to research Mr Samuels cites.

Winners win and losers lose. The winners succeed and smile, while the losers fail and explain their failures with theories of social justice.

Feminism is about the rationalization of female failure, and some men — eager to cash in on the “social justice” racket — need to rationalize their own failures, hence the academic field of “Men’s Studies.”

 

Basically, this is about “male feminist” types who feel a profound sense of self-pity and hope to persuade feminists to be sympathetic to men. However, if feminists were capable of feeling anything except contempt for men, they wouldn’t be feminists, would they? No, of course not.

“Men’s Studies” is a racket just like “Women’s Studies” is a racket. The key difference is that feminists exercise veto authority over what is taught in Men’s Studies classes, whereas men are not allowed to criticize the anti-male ideology taught in Women’s Studies. Everything taught in university classes now must conform to feminist doctrine — dissent is impermissible — so that Women’s Studies is about teaching women to hate men, and Men’s Studies is about teaching men they deserve to be hated.

Feminism is implacably hostile to men, marriage, motherhood, capitalism and Christianity. Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It, and cannot be understood otherwise.

“Wilhelm Reich and Herbert Marcuse have written about the sexual dilemmas of modern civilization and proposed solutions combining aspects of Freudian theory and Marxian economic analysis. . . .
“Reich’s analysis introduces the theoretical insight that women and gays have known instinctively: that civilization in its present form was designed for heterosexual men, and that its structure guarantees their authority within it. Thus, to change society by ending sexual suppression does not mean the end of civilization, but rather the end of civilization as we know it. . . .
“It was Herbert Marcuse who saw the critical function of homosexuals in ending repression. . . . Marcuse sees homosexuals as having an important place in history in helping to free sexuality, since he feels gay people have a more natural, totally erogenous sexuality.”

Sidney Abbott and Barbara Love, Sappho Was a Right-On Woman: A Liberated View of Lesbianism (1972)

“We recognize that it is the structure of the culture which engineers the deaths, violations, violence, and we look for alternatives, ways of destroying culture as we know it, rebuilding it as we can imagine it.”
Andrea Dworkin, Woman Hating (1974)

You see these early “Second Wave” feminists frankly acknowledged their movement’s destructive purpose, to bring about “the end of civilization as we know,” seeking ways of “destroying culture as we know it.” More than four decades into this fanatical campaign of cultural destruction, we find feminists standing amid the debris, shrieking that women are more oppressed than ever, and insisting that what we need is more feminism.

The World Will Always Need Heroes

The so-called “masculinity crisis” got a thorough airing in 2010 when feminist Hannah Rosin published “The End of Men” in The Atlantic, but these themes had been examined from a conservative perspective by Christina Hoff Sommers in her 2001 book The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies are Harming Our Young Men. In fact, much of this had been explored in Dr. Warren Farrell’s 1993 book The Myth of Male Power: Why Men Are the Disposable Sex and in anthropologist Lionel Tiger’s 1999 book The Decline of Males: The First Look at an Unexpected New World for Men and Women, and has since been analyzed further in psychologist Helen Smith’s 2013 book Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream — and Why It Matters. What has happened, you see, is that a problem often addressed by feminism’s conservative critics became so self-evident that liberals and feminists had to join the conversation about men’s problems in order to gain control of the narrative. This permits liberals to continue supporting harmful policies and lets feminists pretend that the victims of their anti-male agenda deserve the harms they suffer, by explaining, rationalizing and justifying all this within a context of Progress, Equality and Social Justice.

We ought to ask ourselves, “What would Rick Blaine do?”

A few nights ago, I happened to catch Casablanca on cable TV. Honestly, I could watch Ingrid Bergman 24/7 and never tire of looking at her, but as I was watching Ingrid, I was also watching Bogie, of course. What was it about Bogie’s portrayal of Rick Blaine that has etched this character permanently into our culture? Much like Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind, another famed hero from Hollywood’s Golden Age, Rick Blaine is a cynical realist — shrewd and worldly — and yet his cool, sarcastic exterior conceals a soul that still cherishes a sense of romantic idealism. This contradiction is explained by the backstory of Rick’s whirlwind romance with Ilsa in Paris, and his sense that she betrayed her promise to him. However, this seeming betrayal is revealed to have been something else, as Ilsa was in fact married to the Czech patriot Victor Lazlo, imprisoned by the Nazis. How was Ilsa to know whether Victor was dead or alive? Rick and Isla were both victims of circumstances beyond their control, and he realizes he can’t fairly blame her for what happened. Meanwhile, there is the small problem of the Third Reich, which has conquered Europe and is making its totalitarian presence felt in French Morocco, where Casablanca is crowded with refugees seeking to escape Hitler’s deadly menace. Lazlo and Ilsa need Rick’s help and . . .

Well, I’ll spare you any more spoilers, if you’re the only person on the planet who’s never seen Casablanca, but what was it about Rick Blaine that made him such an iconic character? Sure, Humphrey Bogart is one of the greatest actors in history, yet if you could remake Casablanca scene-for-scene today, and cast any of a half-dozen contemporary leading men in the role of Rick Blaine, the character would still be heroic, entirely apart from Bogart’s acting.

Rick Blaine is a winner because he knows how to handle defeat. The Nazis overrun Paris? OK, fine. Au revoir, Paris! Off to Morocco. The woman he loves is married to another man? “Here’s looking at you, kid.”

No complaining. Expect no pity in life. No one is obliged to acknowledge your personal suffering, and only a fool could ever expect “social justice” in this world full of corruption, cowardice, violence and cruelty.

This is how a man must look at life, if he is to have any hope of surviving hardship and misfortune, and yet this kind of heroic masculinity is now constantly mocked and maligned by our decadent intelligentsia.

Feminism’s determination to destroy civilization knows no limits. One must pity Canadian feminist Anne Theriault’s son:

I think a lot about how Theo will view his sexuality as he gets older. I flip-flop from worrying about whether he might be teased or bullied if he deviates from traditional masculine ideas, to panicking over the fact that he might, against my best efforts, buy into those ideas and become a bully himself. . . . I want him to be who he is, and I want him to be brave and stand up for marginalized and oppressed people, but I also want him to always be safe and happy. And I don’t know if I can have it both ways. Not that it’s really up to me — he’ll have to make his own discoveries and choices about himself, and while I can try to pass on my value system to him, I ultimately don’t have any say in who or what he is.
I just want him to know that . . . I will love him no matter what his sexuality, no matter what his gender, no matter what, end of sentence, full stop.
I just hope that he always knows that I love him and I’m proud of him.

Until I started studying radical feminism, I never thought of “normal” as an achievement. Really, raising normal kids isn’t that difficult. Even in a world gone mad like America in the Obama age, most kids manage to muddle through OK, and good kids still succeed in life. Granted, there are all kinds of newfangled weirdness in the world kids must be warned against — “Never date anybody on Tinder or OKCupid” — but a reasonable effort to instill old-fashioned virtue in them, and to guide them toward responsible adulthood, usually works out pretty good. But if you’re so concerned about “marginalized and oppressed people” that you’re trying to raise a gender-neutral boy, well, yeah, probably he will be “teased and bullied.” Meanwhile, my teenage sons are hitting the gym, pumping iron and drinking protein milkshakes. Their older brothers (the twins are now 23) probably “teased and bullied” them more than anyone ever will, so there’s not much need to worry about that.

Teaching kids to be strong-minded — psychologically resilient — is a basic goal that I don’t suppose feminists understand. For all their talk about being “strong women,” they seem to spend a lot of time proclaiming their essential weakness. They claim to be “traumatized” when confronted with opposing opinions, and consider criticism “harassment.” Much of their effort is devoted to silencing those who disagree with them, seeking to ensure that feminism’s critics can never be employed on the faculty of any university or published in any major newspaper or magazine. While feminists seek to wall themselves off from any argument that might disturb their emotional sensitivities, meanwhile, young men are attempting to go about their lives amid a firestorm of anti-male hatred ginned up by deranged fanatics like Anne Theriault. It is now quite nearly illegal to be a heterosexual male at many universities, where “rape culture” hysteria has created a campus climate of sexual paranoia.

“You are more likely to be sexually assaulted by your friend than by a random stranger. A dark alley is, in fact, statistically safer than a college campus.”
Vera Papisova, “We Are Survivors of Sexual Assault, and These Are Our Stories,” Teen Vogue, April 29, 2016

Young men now face challenges their fathers could not have imagined when we were young, but winners still win and losers lose. Considering how feminist mothers are raising their boys to be weak-minded and timid, it’s not hard to guess which category they’ll wind up in. No matter how much feminists hate masculinity, normal women generally prefer masculine men, so the gender-neutral sons of feminists won’t be any competition to my sons. Nor do I expect my daughters need to fear much competition from the daughters of Sally Kohn or Jessica Valenti.

Am I over-confident in my children’s prospects for success? No, I just can’t imagine them losing, when the secret of winning is not really a secret. Hang in there and keep fighting, and don’t listen to losers who say you can’t win or the fight isn’t worth it. Your ancestors survived ordeals far worse than any you’re likely to face, and if they survived, so can you.

Human beings are marvelously adaptable creatures, who can survive in the Arctic snow or the sands of the Sahara. So why this hand-wringing concern from intellectuals about boys who might be harmed by “stereotypical ideas of what a boy should be”? Not every boy can grow up to be Rick Blaine, I guess, but shouldn’t we encourage them at least to aspire to heroic manhood? Teach boys to be tough-minded and pragmatic, with savoir-faire, sanguine confidence and a sense of duty. He must endure hardship and prepare himself to rescue that beautiful damsel in distress who needs a Rick Blaine. Doing the right thing will take every ounce of courage the hero can muster.

‘Social Justice’ and Other Foolish Illusions

Hard times make hard men, and the so-called “masculinity crisis” — to the extent it is not a figment of the fertile imaginations of intellectuals with too much time on their hands — is largely the product of a society grown decadent as a result of its affluence. The children of privilege, like Cora “TrigglyPuff” Segal and Jennie Chenkin at elite Hampshire College, are the most fanatical devotees of the Cult of Social Justice.

The spectacle of deranged cultists screaming in lunatic rage somehow goes unnoticed by the intelligentsia who are wringing their hands in concern over the alleged “masculinity crisis.” If it is young men whose prospects are in jeopardy, why are young women so furious?

 

Progress and Equality look an awful lot like Failure and Decline. Teaching children a warped worldview, telling them they are oppressed because they “live in a white supremacist cisheteropatriarchal society,” as Jennie Chenkin believes, renders them permanently unhappy, and unfit to pursue any career outside the narrow confines of academia and progressive activism. Nor are these miseducated misfits likely to find happiness in their personal lives, because “the personal is political” for feminists. Embracing a hateful anti-male ideology has a tendency to limit a young woman’s dating options. As bad as left-wing women are, left-wing men are even worse — a wretched hive of scum and villainy. Because no decent, honest or sensible young man would ever associate with feminists, the only men feminists ever become involved with are worthless fools or immoral hedonists men like Jian Ghomeshi. Unwilling to recognize their fundamental error, young feminists seek to absolve themselves of blame for their own failures, insisting they are not responsible for the consequences of their bad choices, including their herpes infections.

 

What’s wrong with herpes is not the disease, but the “stigma,” feminists say, and promiscuity should never be criticized, because such criticism is “slut-shaming,” which is misogyny. Don’t want your daughter to become a herpes-infected slut? This proves you hate women — or at least, that’s what feminists say it proves, and only people who hate women ever disagree with what feminists say. Believing themselves endowed with both intellectual and moral superiority to others, feminists claim a monopoly on truth, and defend their monopoly by making accusations of “hate” and “ignorance” against anyone who opposes their agenda. The circularity of feminist logic demonstrates how the premise of their ideology, the claim that they are victimized by male supremacy, tends to turn every disagreement into evidence of how oppressed they are: “See? Here is another man who says I am wrong. Harassment! Patriarchy!”

“Feminism involves the implicit claim that the prevailing conditions under which women live are unjust and must be changed.”
Carol R. McCann and Seung-Kyung Kim, Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives (2003)

“Sexism is the belief system that supports patriarchy: the rule of men over women. . . .
“Sexism relies on heterosexism. . .
“Political strategy must be based on a clear analysis and the goal of eliminating heteropatriarchy if we are to eliminate heterosexism.”

Joy A. Livingston, “Individual Action and Political Strategies: Creating a Future Free of Heterosexism,” in Preventing Heterosexism and Homophobia, edited by Esther D. Rothblum and Lynne A. Bond (1996)

“Feminist consciousness is consciousness of victimization . . . to come to see oneself as a victim.”
Sandra Bartky, Femininity and Domination: Studies in the Phenomenology of Oppression (1990)

“The abolition of compulsory heterosexuality would have an enormous impact on the system of male dominance. . . . The abandonment of compulsory heterosexuality would reshape the sexuality of both girls and boys and, if psychoanalysis is correct, would have tremendous consequences for the structure of the unconscious and for people’s sense of their own gender identity.”
Alison Jaggar, Feminist Politics and Human Nature (1988)

“By ‘sexuality’ we mean male sexuality, as it is male sexuality that determines the form heterosexuality takes. . . .
“We see heterosexuality as an institution of male domination, not a free expression of personal preference. Heterosexuality is forced upon us. . . . Believing the personal is political means we cannot separate sexuality off from male supremacy as a politics-free zone.”

Leeds Revolutionary Feminists, Love Your Enemy?: Debate Between Heterosexual Feminism and Political Lesbianism (1981)

“What the women’s liberation movement did create was a homosexual liberation movement that politically challenged male supremacy in one of its most deeply institutionalized aspects — the tyranny of heterosexuality. The political power of lesbianism is a power that can be shared by all women who chose to recognize and use it: the power of an alternative, a possibility that makes male sexual tyranny escapable, rejectable — possibly even doomed.”
Linda Gordon, “The Struggle for Reproductive Freedom: Three Stages of Feminism,” in Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism, edited by Zillah Eisenstein (1978)

“Women are an oppressed class. Our oppression is total, affecting every facet of our lives. . . .
“We identify the agents of our oppression as men. . . . All men receive economic, sexual, and psychological benefits from male supremacy. All men have oppressed women.”

Redstockings, “Manifesto,” 1969

This is what feminists believe. Women live under conditions that are unjust and which must be changed (McCann and Kim, 2003), requiring a feminist consciousness of women’s victimization (Bartky, 1990), attaining the knowledge that men are the agents of women’s oppression (Redstockings, 1969). The system of patriarchy relies on heterosexism (Livingston, 1996), so that feminists must abolish compulsory heterosexuality to reshape the sexuality of both girls and boys (Jaggar, 1988). By destroying the institution of heterosexuality that male supremacy has forced upon women (Leeds Revolutionary Feminists, 1981), the political power of lesbianism will liberate women from male sexual tyranny (Gordon, 1978). Quod erat demonstrandum.

The Lunacy of ‘Gender Theory’

While not everyone who adopts the “feminist” label endorses everything other feminists proclaim, the core ideology of the movement — women’s oppression under male supremacy — was established decades ago. This anti-male/anti-heterosexual belief system is what tens of thousands of young women learn in university Women’s Studies programs. Students are indoctrinated in feminist gender theory — the social construction of the gender binary within the heterosexual matrix — and these ideas (articulated in Professor Judith Butler’s widely assigned book Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity) have the status of Official Truth within academia. Third Wave feminism is “the end of civilization as we know it,” as radical lesbians Sidney Abbot and Barbara Love envisioned long ago.

To understand what the 21st-century feminist movement is about, we need look no farther than the website Everyday Feminism, whose managing editor Melissa Fabello is a self-proclaimed “queer feminist” notorious for her diatribes against heterosexual males.

 

“Right now, today, as of writing this, I identify as queer. But I didn’t always. And no, I’m not referring to that awkward, uncomfortable time in my life where I knew that something felt ‘off,’ but I couldn’t quite place it, and so I paraded around in the charade of ‘straight.’ I mean that a few years ago, I identified as homoflexible. And before that, a lesbian. And even before that, bisexual.”
Melissa Fabello, January 2016

What sort of women do you expect would write for a site run by a deranged hatemonger and devoted to the celebration of perversity?

Kris Nelson is a Contributing Writer for Everyday Feminism. They run a blog full of short queer-centric radical prose, which can be found at thequeertimes.tumblr.com and a poetry blog that can be found at songswithoutlyrics.tumblr.com. Kris also runs an online store by the name of Spell-Bound, where they sell handcrafted wire work jewelry, crystal pendants, hand sewn tarot bags, and pendulums. They can be contacted at kristheresa23@gmail.com and trans-witch.tumblr.com.

Yes, Kris Nelson is a “trans-witch,” born female but identifying by the pronouns “they/them” and also suffering numerous mental disorders. At her — excuse me, I should say their — Queer Times blog, Kris Nelson announces a “Gay Agenda . . . looking to lay waste to the nuclear family.” How is Kris Nelson’s destructive agenda expressed in her — of course I mean, their — Everyday Feminism columns?

Wedding Bells and Prison Bars:
Why Prison Abolition Is a Queer Rights Issue

(March 11, 2015)

Why Success Narratives Are Bullsh*t
and You Can Stop Blaming Yourself
for Your Financial Problems

(May 5, 2015)

Your Top 10 Questions About
Being Genderqueer Answered

(July 17, 2015)

What Is Heteronormativity — And How Does
It Apply to Your Feminism? Here Are 4 Examples

(July 24, 2015)

3 Exciting Ways Witchcraft and Feminism Intersect
(Nov. 19, 2015)

4 Harmful Lies the Media Is
Telling You About Androgyny

(Jan. 1, 2016)

5 Ways US Culture and Society
is Gaslighting Marginalized People

(April 3, 2016)

By the headlines alone, you can see how everything from “Prison Abolition” to “Androgyny” to “Witchcraft” is now part of feminism. Yet while a popular feminist website is publishing moonbat madness, we find the intelligentsia concerned about a crisis in masculinity?

The Intellectual Elite Is Decadent and Depraved. Unable to comprehend how Donald Trump could have won the Republican nomination, David Brooks goes dabbling around in gender theory to explain it: “We’ll probably need a new definition of masculinity, too. . . . The traditional masculine ideal isn’t working anymore. . . . Everywhere you see men imprisoned by the old reticent, stoical ideal.” What sort of nonsense is this? What does Donald Trump’s victory have to do with a “reticent, stoical ideal,” and what evidence is there that this “traditional masculine ideal isn’t working anymore”? What does David Brooks think he’s doing here, except regurgitating trendy themes from academic sociology, maybe something he read in a magazine or heard in a TED Talk?

Are our troops in Yemen in need of “a new definition of masculinity”? Will a David Brooks column reduce the homicide rate in Chicago? Should we raise our sons to fret about “marginalized and oppressed people”? Or should we teach them to aspire to heroic masculinity?

“Where I’m going, you can’t follow. What I’ve got to do, you can’t be any part of. Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that.”
Rick Blaine, Casablanca

The weak and helpless need heroes who are strong and brave. Do not let weaklings tell you that your strength makes you a “bully,” and never let cowards make you ashamed of your courage. Do not seek praise from fools. They mock the hero because they resent his greatness, and express their envy by ridiculing his virtue. Do not let yourself become discouraged because you are misunderstood. To be insulted by fools is an honor.

Resist the temptation of self-pity. Never blame others for your own failures. When you find you must suffer for the evil that others have done, do not expect anyone to help you, but be grateful you have the strength to endure suffering. Survival is victory, when you are surrounded by enemies who wish you dead, as heroes so often are.

Laugh in the face of danger. You are a survivor. You have lived through hard times before, and have the scars to prove it. Hold your head high and be happy for each new day. Every new challenge is a chance to show those sons of bitches they can’t beat you. And if you ever find yourself in a moment of doubt, just ask yourself, “What would Rick Blaine do?”





 


Comments

  • RS

    If there is such a thing as a “masculinity crisis,” consisting of the examples listed the article, it is directly caused by Progressive policies of which Feminist dogma is a substantial part. Destroy the family and have children without a strong father figure, who then go to seed and wind up in prison. This, however, is major news? Conservatives have been pointing this out for years and years going back to the “Free Love” Sixties.

    In reality, from the Feminist perspective, the only crisis is that there’s still too much masculinity, as if all the fatherless sons would turn into the Dalai Lama if we just dressed them in pink and referred to them as “xer.”

  • http://www.paganvigil.com NeoWayland

    Hmmm. Ran across this one today.

  • http://www.paganvigil.com NeoWayland

    And another, just because.

    ?Col. Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle was a hand-to-hand combat expert. He ordered trainee Marines to attempt to kill him with bayonets. No one ever succeeded as he disarmed them all.?

  • jakee308

    It never ceases to amaze me at the number of females who write about what MEN should do or be.

    There would be shrieks from the gynosphere if some male had the effrontery to lay out exactly what women need to do (and stop doing) to become happier, healthier and the world a better place because of those changes. (Bob you should consider one.)

    I get so tired of women telling men what being a man is all about. How men should change. How lousy a job they’re doing as men.

    And all it really is is cover for them to avoid admitting the wrong that they themselves have done in the name of feminism and equality.

    They must get the males to admit they’re wrong in how they go about being men so that then women can point out that all the problems are MEN’S fault.

    It gets tiresome. And women have been doing that for some time actually but only until the invention of the internet were they able to be a threat to civilization with their petty carping and assumptions that somehow only women know what needs to be done to make the world a better place.

    Too bad that, as usual, they’re wrong.

  • Jeanette Victoria ?????????

    Found on Tumblr

    Translation: I am a mature , lesbian woman who is dedicated to the cause of the machismos develop their feminine side.I love to enjoy the bodies of young machismos feminized , and value as they discover femininity.

    Beautiful photo of not very distant times.
    https://goo.gl/Xh5RSJ

  • BlueSunday

    As chance would have it, the sociology professor on campus just sent out a campus-wide email entitled “Learning from our Sexual Health Day,” which includes this gem of a line: “Hegemonic masculinity creates a rather narrow boundary for male gender performance,” after which I stopped reading.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Going out on a limb here to suggest that anybody who wonders what masculinity is and how to do it, will never know, and never have it.

  • robertstacymccain

    What campus is this? Post the full text.

  • robertstacymccain

    “Masculinity,” to feminists, becomes a synonym for “things men do wrong, namely everything.”

    Feminism is just anti-male hate propaganda.

  • https://twitter.com/Mthomps016 M. Thompson

    About what I was thinking as well.

  • https://youtu.be/h82D5ZvcALM CrustyB

    When I was a kid we looked up to John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Charlton Heston. These were men, these were the ideals of masculinity. Today we have Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, and that retard who plays The Hulk.

    Who would you be more afraid of to come looking for you in a rough bar, Heston or DiCaprio? Give me a break.

  • http://www.paganvigil.com NeoWayland

    I want to add Spencer Tracey, Gene Kelly, and James Cagney. Not exactly ideals of masculinity, but there was no doubt they were men among men.

    ETA: And Jimmy Stewart.

  • Joe Joe

    Be careful of the books about “masculinity.” Some of them are written with true concern for boys: Christina Hoff Sommers, for example, writes with real empathy. But Rebecca Asher looks like a feminist who wants to use a “masculinity crisis” to further castrate the American male. Putting “male violence” first on her list of concerns indicates this strongly. From the amazon.uk description:

    “…we still expect that big boys don’t cry, strong and silent types get the girl, and that there is such a thing as a ‘real man’. Man Up challenges the accepted rules of masculinity.”

    Sounds like a desire to weaken men to me.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Man-Up-Boys-Breaking-Rules/dp/1910701068

  • Whothehell Cares

    All feminists should be drafted and sent to the front lines of the nearest war zone.

  • Fail Burton

    Seeing heterosexuality as the enemy is the same thing as a suicide cult. Lesbianism is one thing, but adopting it as a supremacist ideology and civilizational model is the same thing as saying you’re tired of living. These people only enjoy life to the extent they are too cowardly to end theirs. They would have us all drink kool-aid in small doses to satisfy their death wish.

    “Lesbians literally do not need men.” – Charlotte Bunch

    Why would a death-cult need life? Those quotes are reflectively of some truly sick, sick women. They are easy enough to get away from. Hitchhike a cement barge in the back end of some Third World shithole, sleep on a volcano, ride a motorcycle on Lombok. Neither will you find their male familiars who enjoy being racially and sexually humiliated in evidence.

    They can’t follow me to those places and they know it and that must sting like a bitch.

  • Quartermaster

    Dr. Laura wrote a book titled “The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands” that elicited screams of pain from feministas. She was right, feministas wrong, but that’s no surprise.

  • WJJ Hoge

    UGARTE: You despise me, don’t you?

    RICK: If I gave you any thought, I probably would.

  • Fail Burton

    Since all these bizarre sexual theories of the last century are nothing more than variations on how Dorothy got to Oz, the question isn’t which one is right but which one has survived to have the most impact on society.

    There is no doubt the winner there is the lesbian sexual political theory that the heterosexual family model of society is an oppressive fiction which must be opposed and destabilized in order to create a truly just world. In fact the women who created and continue to support this theory are insane and hateful sociopathic supremacists whose worldview is remarkably similar to the Nazis in regard to Jews and the Poles. Since “anti-racism” is inseparable from lesbian theory, the straight white male is the Jew and Pole who must make way for the gender spectrum to expand. The fact this has gained so much traction in the mainstream should frighten any normal human being.

    The key player there is the original source material continues to be so obscure that the average American prone to be a social justice warrior takes this madness at face value and helps mainstream it with “No Gender December,” consent laws for adult couples and unrestricted bathroom access for mentally ill cross-dressers. The Lumberjanes comic book is to made into a movie. It’s like a summer camp Girl Scouts version of Harry Potter except the creators make no secret of the fact they are promoting lesbianism and transgenderism. No doubt Gwyneth Paltrow and Amy Schumer will be lining up to provide the voices. What happened to corrupting the morals of a minor?

    I can hear Shulamith Firestone and Simone de Beauvoir cackling over this one from their seats in hell.

  • robertstacymccain

    Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan was an early hero of mine. The Lord of the Jungle and … JANE!

  • https://youtu.be/h82D5ZvcALM CrustyB

    “Me Tarzan. You Jane. Him Boy. That Cheeta.” Tarzan clearly understood the difference between men, women, children and animals. If he were an SJW he’d say “Me Jane, you Tarzan, the chimp is a person and boy is just a clump of cells.”

  • Brian_E

    This must have been right about the time he gave them all their last chance to surrender…
    THAT’s what I call being calmly self confident.
    Competence does that for you…

  • Eric Ashley

    I knew one guy who used to challenge four or five others to try to stuff him in a wardrobe. Couldn’t do it. The guy was rattlesnake quick. About the time you decided where to grab him, he had already moved. And most of the guys were as big or bigger than him.

    There are some awesome people out there.

  • Steve Skubinna

    “Try looking into that place where you dare not look.You’ll find me there, staring back at you.”

  • DeadMessenger

    Good one.

  • jolly green

    We need a new definition of masculinity because of Trump? Huh? When I see billionaire with hot wife I’m thinking his definition of masculinity has worked just fine, and this is why he is such a huge threat to the feminist movement.

  • DeadMessenger

    So the Snowflakes are at it again. Conflating teasing with bullying, and whining about social justice, except in the case of those who actually really experience social injustice, such as little girls on the receiving end of clitorectomies and Christians beheaded by the thousands because of their religious beliefs.

    Just another day, huh? Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to report some people on Twitter for hate speech and update my Tumblr blog.

  • Isa

    “and that retard who plays The Hulk.”

    which one? he’s been through three actors in the last ten years. 😛

  • https://youtu.be/h82D5ZvcALM CrustyB

    Max Ferguson, of course!

  • TheOtherAndrewB

    Growing up, I watched films about cowboys, knights, soldiers and cops. They were, perhaps, larger than life, but they were still grounded in reality. I might not be able to be John Wayne, but I could at least be Ward Bond. Maybe I will never be Robin Hood, but perhaps I could be Friar Tuck. Maybe I couldn’t stare down the bad guys, but I could back up another man’s play. Today, all kids seem to watch are superhero films, where there is never any hope of being anything like the men on the screen.
    If anything, it is worse for girls. Today, women in film are usually presented as being smarter, better and tougher than the men. A 100 pound woman can almost always whip a room full of gigantic bikers without mussing her hair.
    Today’s culture may make many men wimps, but it is going to end up making some women dead.

  • Sort-Of-Mad Max

    William Holden; he always knew he was getting a raw deal, but just kept doing his best to the end.

  • Finrod Felagund

    “We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” — CS Lewis

  • kilo6

    Those characters created a standard to aspire to, but as Dirty Harry said “a man’s got to know his limitations”

    Those films you mentioned continued a 2,000+ year old tradition of Western Civilization to establish aspirational standards for virtue and behavior as well as create a sense of pride in one’s heritage, even though many of the characters had character flaws. The Aeneid begins with the line Arma virumque cano … (I sing of arms and of a man) and no man could expect to match the prowess of Aeneas.

    Feminism won’t even accept the fact that there are any inherent differences between men and women (aside from attempting to attribute the characteristics of heels, cads and low-life to all men). So, anything which portrays classical standards for masculinity must be destroyed

    Our host is documenting the latest chapter of an ages-old story of rebellion against the order established by our creator.

    King David also wrote about this in Psalm 2

    [2] The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
    [3] Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

  • RS

    It’s funny that there’s never been a feminist critique of The Searchers.

  • Fail Burton

    Is that Paul?

  • gunga

    Yeah…but how do you REALLY feel about it? The biggest crisis of our time is a crisis of common sense. …or did I drop some bad acid at some point that I am not aware of…and how would I know if I did?

  • Quartermaster

    Their heads asplode before the middle of the movie.

  • Quartermaster

    Why do you hate Islamocrazies so?

  • Quartermaster

    At least Depp was funny as Captain Jack Sparrow.

  • Quartermaster

    Like the Bridges at Toko Ri.

  • Quartermaster

    Late 50s, early 60s.

  • http://www.paganvigil.com NeoWayland

    *stamps foot*

    Now there you go!!

    How am I supposed to dismiss what you say when you keep making good funny points?

  • http://www.paganvigil.com NeoWayland

    Thank you.

  • Wombat_socho

    More proof that old age and treachery defeats youth and skill. 🙂

  • Wombat_socho

  • Wombat_socho

    The Dalai Lama? There’s worse role models…

  • Steve Skubinna

    Well, ummm… I am not, myself, on a first name basis with Mr. Muad-Dib.

  • robertstacymccain

    This fantasy superhero wizards and monsters stuff is bad for kids. Stories rooted in history are the best, but the academic Left has destroyed history in the past 40 years or so. The past is presented as grim and oppressive, and the only heroes are those who struggle for “social justice.”

    When I was a kid, my favorite things were shows about soldiers and detectives. My mother was a huge fan of detective/mystery stuff — I remember her watching “Mannix,” “Hawaii 5-0,” “Ironsides,” etc. — and the “true crime” genre has always been a favorite of mine. Although I have always beeni imaginative, my basic preference for reality over fantasy was well-developed at an early age. And there was a basic morality on display in most of those old cop shows and war movies.

    Ashton Blackwell has talked about “dark feminism,” manifested in “piercings, black apparel … surly expressions … unnatural hair colors,” which is a visual representation of a profound anger and despair among many young women. The content of popular culture is certainly a factor in this trend. Children are not being properly socialized — they don’t know anything about courtesy or the Golden Rule — and reach adolescence ill-prepared for the challenges they encounter. In a hypersexualized and decadent culture, this typically has disastrous consequences for girls, because boys from dysfunctional homes, raised in a pop-culture sewer, have zero respect for anyone. To “date” such boys (kids seldom “date” anymore, but rather just “hang out”) is to encounter a particularly cruel sort of sexual brutality. Acts of sadistic perversion have now become so normalized, that girls who do not enthusiastically participate in the most vile and depraved behaviors (and pretend to enjoy it, performing like porn stars) are viewed as prudes.

    The current sexual climate among adolescents is a grim nightmare of unrelenting horror for teenage girls. Because public schools are run by liberals who promote atheism through a curriculum that is deliberately anti-Christian, girls have no moral basis for rejecting the crude sexual advances of boys. “Comprehensive sexuality education” is now required in many states, and this curriculum is designed to destroy whatever shreds of sexual morality any public school student may have managed to retain. Without a moral basis for saying “no,” girls instead seize on feminism as a political argument — The Teenage Lesbian Man-Hater Club, so to speak.

    It’s horrible what’s happening to kids under the government education regime, and their parents are generally clueless about how bad it is.

  • Fail Burton

    And that’s from the movie, not the book, isn’t it? OMG – white trash. Oh, lawdy. Whutta worl, whutta worl.

  • Fail Burton

    I love the way you keep throwing Fabello in there. I keep expecting her to write about how she painted a tunnel mouth on a freeway underpass and then tried to drive into it.

    “I just wrote a song. It goes like this: I am so sick of freeway underpasses gettin’ all up in my bizness ‘n shit.”

  • Steve Skubinna

    The David Lynch film, yes. That flawed masterpeice, which come to think of it can be the subtitle of every David Lynch production.