|The Most Important Diversity
by Andy Joppa
“Manhood coerced into sensitivity is no manhood at all.”
Research has emerged from Brunel University, where a study was performed on men, measuring everything from their strength, height, weight and even bicep circumference. What the university found was that the physically inferior men tended to be the ones who said they supported the redistribution of wealth…that is, socialism.
Researchers attempted to explain these results by theorizing weaker men feel inferior and are more likely to seek outside forces for a feeling of safety. I would suggest, however, that their physical disparity had its origins in their yielding of their traditional masculinity. It is the loss of masculinity that is consistently associated with the decline of cultures in the final stages of its increasing decadence. What are the origins of this process, its cause and implications? I believe it can be aligned with the emergence of the Feminist Movement of the past fifty plus years.
The Feminist Movement is one of the most damaging swindles ever perpetrated on this nation. It has been a power grab that has left traditional men emasculated and feminine women defenseless. Men who have been successfully feminized are their allies in their attempt to crush the remaining rudiments of historic masculinity. This is the origin of the “weak man.” Within this alone, is all you need to know as to why so many millennial and GenX males support socialism and reject capitalism. They are emaciated versions of their historic masculine identities…they feel helpless. They regard their lingering masculinity as being only the “horsehair robe” they must wear as their punishment for their past “indiscretions.” They have been made to feel ashamed of their very nature.
In modern (and I use the term advisedly) America you can almost say whatever you want about men. There is no term so deleterious that it would be categorically rejected. For all practical purpose we are required to accept that men are the source of all known evil….and many other evils that we don’t even know about.
In opposition to this variant of discrimination, any negative word, regardless of how innocuous, said about women, will deliver you to the depth of our cultural “hell.” This extends to even words used about a specific woman…that is, if you suggest that “she” is silly, you are saying all women are silly. Once more you will be beaten about your head and shoulders and Twitter will erupt in indignation. Weak men cower in the darkness to avoid the wrath of the sisterhood or those they control in government, education and the media.
The essential premise of the Feminist movement is that women have not been able to achieve their appropriate place in society. That this has been the conspiratorial result of men, within some form of a cabal, using male bias to prevent their ascendancy to the lofty heights for which they were designed. These males, so the Feminist lament would have it, are supported by a small cadre of women who have been intimidated by male physical, emotional or financial power…being little more than slaves to their male masters. Oh, how American women suffer under the “lash.”
The Feminists have “documented” their essential premise using many yardsticks…all of them false.
First, the supposed “Gender Pay Gap.” That is, women make less than men for doing exactly the same jobs. No matter how many times this is dismissed as being false, the mythology persists. There are numerous factors that affect pay. Most fundamentally, men and women tend to gravitate toward different industries. Feminists may charge that women are socialized into lower-paying sectors of the economy. But women, considering the decisions they’ve made, likely have a different view. Women tend to seek jobs with regular hours, more comfortable conditions, little travel, and greater personal fulfillment. Often, women are willing to trade higher pay for jobs with other characteristics that they find attractive.
Men, in contrast, often take jobs with less desirable characteristics in pursuit of higher pay. They work long hours and overnight shifts. They tar roofs in the sun, drive trucks across the country, toil in sewer systems, stand watch as prison guards, and risk injury on fishing boats, in coal mines, and in production plants. Such jobs pay more than others because otherwise no one would want to do them.
Once we are comparing apples to apples the pay difference almost totally disappears.
Second, domestic violence against wives or female partners. In a survey taken by the CDC, it was found that 40% of the victims of severe, physical domestic violence are men.
Despite many findings that show almost equal amounts of abuse perpetrated against men and women, the media and government focus almost all attention on the female victims of domestic violence. Men are largely silent on the issue. Those men who do report physical violence are more likely to be ridiculed–both by law enforcement and by the public–than are women.
Third, s*xual assault against women. It is a myth in our society that men are not s*xually assaulted. In fact, between 9-10% of all rape survivors outside of criminal institutions, are male.
Furthermore, estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease control reported that 16% of men experienced sexual abuse by the age of 18. These reports are also thought to be underestimates due to the barriers male survivors face in the reporting process: the U.S. Department of Justice records an average of greater than 12,000 reported s*xual assaults of men annually, and predicts that if unreported assaults are included, the actual number of men who are s*xually assaulted in the United States each year is approximately 60,000.
By denying that males can be s*xually assaulted, male survivors are made to feel that they are alone or abnormal.
Fourth, bias in the schools against girls. Educators are not developing programs aimed specifically at boys to help them succeed in an environment geared for girls.
One journalist, commenting on a British study about “Gender Expectations and Stereotype Threat,” suggests that so much attention has been devoted to girls over the past twenty to thirty years that it’s difficult to make the shift to boys now that girls are surpassing boys at every level of education.
Christina Hoff Sommers, a vocal advocate for boys, wrote an opinion column in the New York Times entitled “The Boys at the Back.” According to her, a study published in the Journal of Human Resources proves that teachers grade girls more leniently and boys more harshly when they achieve exactly the same results on tests. Boys, across all racial groups and in all major subject areas, received lower grades than their test scores would have predicted.
In other words, in that squishy realm of subjective judgment involved in all grading, teachers punish boys for being boys and reward girls for being girls.
The Feminists have told us that the sexes are equal in every regard, with the unspoken message being traditional male inferiority. If, however, women become more like men, and men more like women, the result will be a society of spiritless weaklings. When Nature divided the human species in two, it did not simply draw the line through the middle – the divisions are polar and opposed to each other, and the difference between them is not merely qualitative, it is also quantitative; not superior or inferior…just different.
Is it “s*xist” to be realistic about the immense psychological differences between man and woman?
Is it “s*xist” to recognize that some qualities of personality are superior to others, and that these qualities are not equally distributed between the sexes? If so, then I will gladly be known as sexist, for my intent is to be honest and not popular.
Men and women no longer have the faintest idea what to do with one another. Each s*x looks at the other with suspicion. The slightest gesture (scratching an ear), the most casual remark (“How are your tomatoes?”) are seen as hostile acts. Men would like to reach out and help but are afraid they will be ostracized for their involvement.
Men have been stereotyped by Feminists into the types of either suppressed rapist, or the gentle soul, who are unfortunately conditioned by society into an artificial toughness that hides their “natural” disposition to weep and wash up.
There will continue to be a vast gulf between the s*xes for as long as men and women are attracted to opposite things – namely each other.
Many years ago, Margaret Mead suggested that American men had been so effectively domesticated by their women that they had too little time and too little energy to engage in the national and communal tasks which needed doing – including the initiation of young men. Boys become men. The attributes of men are critical for the well-being of our society.
Many of our cultural, social and political problems are derived from their absence.