Have you ever heard the term “toxic masculinity” used? I have. More than once, actually. It’s usually used to describe traditionally masculine virtues since feminists and FIMs see such virtues as heralds of the anti-christ or something.
Well, it appears that American colleges and universities are actively trying to stomp out these virtues.
Universities across the nation are taking steps to actively purge male students of what’s been labeled “toxic masculinity.”
Examples abound of campuses hosting training sessions, group meetings, lectures and other programs to effectively cleanse what many campus leaders and left-leaning scholars contend is an unhealthy masculinity in young men today.
Wow, if this is what masculinity is busy doing, you’d think we’d hardly find time to oppress women. Who says men can’t multitask?
Of course, this is all complete and total BS. However, let’s delve into some of the specific instances cited by The College Fix.
Other instances of combating toxic masculinity on campus can be found at both the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Duke University, which launched programs specifically designed for male students to delve into “violent masculinity” and “healthier masculinity” and discuss issues like gender fluidity.
Folks, if you’re going to talk about “gender fluidity”–a condition we used to just call “confused”–then you don’t need to be trying to talk about masculinity. Being masculine isn’t something you just decide to be one day, but not the next.
You can’t be a woman one day and a man the next. Even if gender fluidity is real, the most you can be is a guy…and yes, there is a difference. Being a man is a status that has to be earned. You can’t just decide you’re a man because you feel like it. You have to attain the status…and that doesn’t happen on a whim.
At a mandatory freshmen orientation training at Gettysburg College in August, male students had to watch a documentary which stated in part that the “three most destructive words” a boy can hear growing up is “be a man.” The freshmen also went through breakout sessions in which they were told mass shooting sprees are rooted in toxic masculinity.
Sounds like someone needs to be a man.
Clearly, whoever cooked up this hairbrained scheme doesn’t understand what it means to be a man. Among other things, it means that a man is supposed to protect others.
Of course, they’re also introducing simple causes to complex problems. Yes, mass shooters are generally male…but they’re also males with serious mental problems and often questionable mental healthcare systems at work.
But nice try, ladies.
The “Thrive” club, part of the Claremont colleges consortium which meets as a “safe space” to talk about mental health, advertises that “masculinity can be extremely toxic to our mental health, both to the people who are pressured to preform it and the people who are inevitably influenced by it.”
The group refuses to disclose the contents of its discussions due to “confidentiality concerns,” but students who attended one of the sessions reported that there was “a common consensus that masculinity is harmful both to those who express it and those affected by it,” the Claremont Independentreported.
It’s so nice of them to be concerned for us.
Too bad they have no clue what they’re talking about. You see, masculinity isn’t easy and it’s not necessarily fun, but it’s not harmful. It’s about stepping up and taking care of your responsibilities as a man. It’s about understanding them, internalizing them, and making them a driving force in your life.
Of course, if they’re calling it “harmful” because it’s not all about “do whatever feels awesome” then maybe they’re right. Of course, if guys did that, they’d find a way to make that the issue.
Various promotional videos promoting health masculinity advocate challenging “the traditional norms of what we envision masculinity to be” by recognizing “male privilege.” Goals touted through the education include undoing a legacy of “harm, oppression and dominance.”
You mean privileges guys get that women don’t, like having to register for selective services for the opportunity to be forced to go fight in a war? Or perhaps they mean the privilege of having feminist declare us all rapists and abusive pricks out of hand?
Frankly, if these women feel like traditional masculinity–the kind I tout here and in my book–are about “harm, oppression and dominance,” then they don’t understand what any of those words mean.
This trend did not emerge over night. Last year, Vanderbilt University hosted “Healthy Masculinities Week,” led in part by Jackson Katz, the first man to minor in women studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
What does Katz know about masculinity? He majored in women studies in college, after all. He’s qualified to talk about feminity, perhaps, but masculinity?
How bad can it be though, right?
Katz criticized actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone for their muscular physiques, which have gotten “larger” over the years. According to the presentation, “hyper-masculinized sporting culture” has also advanced unhealthy masculinity.
Ah, pretty bad. Gotcha.
Arnold and Stallone have not gotten larger over the years. Arnold, in particular, is less muscular than he was in his Conan days. Stallone is still fairly buff, but he’s nowhere near where he was in his prime.
If Katz had singled out Dwayne Johnson, then he might have not looked like a complete and total moron.
Oh, who am I kidding. Of course he would have. He’s a women studies guy trying to talk about masculinity. There’s no way he wouldn’t have come off like an idiot. After all, Katz appears preoccupied with 80’s action stars who are no longer the archetype of the genre’s leading men.
Additionally, the so-called “hyper-masculinized sporting culture” serves a profound purpose in society. After all, certain sports are the only places some guys can find where they’re actually allowed to be men and not have to tiptoe around someon else’s feelings.
Does all of this represent a desire by colleges to eradicate traditional masculinity? Of course it does. However, it doesn’t end there. Take a look at popular culture and tell me, where are your heroic characters who are strong, stoic, and still maintain a good family life?
What? There really aren’t any? Big shock.
The goal here is to destroy masculinity as we know it so that feminists and FIMs can remake society. However, they should be careful what they ask for. After all, a society without masculine virtues may not be a society they want to live in for long.