“The most remarkable fact about the decline of men in America is how relentlessly our leaders pretend it’s not happening at all. The patriarchy is thriving they tell us, men are in charge and they succeed precisely to the extent they thwart the progress of women. Society is a zero-sum equation in which a man’s gain is a woman’s loss. This is wrong and we must rectify it. That’s the message…. The patriarchy is gone. Women are winning. Men are failing.” — Tucker Carlson
It’s time to face facts, folks.
The Patriarchy is dead.
The evidence is all around us, and only the most short-sighted still believe that men hold the keys to power in Western culture.
While left wing feminists may cheer the notion that the male of our species has fallen, and that women are now ascendant, the practical reality of this truth may soon prove disastrous.
If the male of our species stops “acting” like a male, what will that mean for our culture at large, and what will it mean for our women?
“I think too many of the activist groups think that there is a trophy and either Venus is going to win or Mars and their job is to root for Venus. No. There’s not a trophy. Men and women and boys and girls, we’re in this together. And if boys are in trouble, so are we all. I mean these are the young men with whom our daughters and granddaughters are going to make the future. So if boys are failing, what’s going to happen to girls?”
This was the nature of the discussion between Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and professor Christina Hoff Sommers, author of The War Against Boys, and quite a polarizing figure on today’s college campuses.
The most remarkable fact about the decline of men in America is how relentlessly our leaders pretend it’s not happening at all. The patriarchy is thriving they tell us, men are in charge and they succeed precisely to the extent they thwart the progress of women. Society is a zero-sum equation in which a man’s gain is a woman’s loss. This is wrong and we must rectify it. That’s the message.
Those also happen to be the core assumptions of second-wave feminism which became popular 40 years ago just as many of our baby boom leaders were coming of age. And yet none of those assumptions are true today. America has changed completely.
The patriarchy is gone. Women are winning. Men are failing.
Men in America are now far more likely to die of a drug overdose, drop out of the workforce because of an addiction, commit a felony, and go to prison. They fail in school much more often than women do. They kill themselves at many times the rate, overall they died years younger. Those numbers are not speculative, they are hard data gathered over decades by nonpartisan researchers. You’d have to ignore a huge amount of settled science in order to repeat the pieties of 1970s-era feminism and yet that’s exactly what our leaders continue to do…
Under the Obama administration, the Department of Justice created something called the Healthy Masculinity Campus Athletics Project.’ The coordinator of that program at Wheaton College summed up that objective this way: “As a country, we need to do a better job of addressing issues around toxic masculinity.” Left unasked was the most basic question of all, is masculinity itself really toxic and what happens to boys when we tell them it is?
It’s why we understood that attacking people for their basic nature is unhealthy and it’s wrong. A government-funded program designed to fight ‘toxic femininity’ or ‘toxic homosexuality’ probably would not escape the scrutiny of Congress or the media. At the very least, its supporters would have to explain why our country needs a program like that. And yet nobody has been forced to explain why boys who are already failing need to be held back further. And so they are.
Can we just state the obvious here, and Tucker does a pretty good job, men winning doesn’t mean women losing (and vice versa). However, we ALL LOSE when we allow the leftists to define and divide us and to tell us that our immutable characteristics (like maleness or whiteness or femaleness or brownness) tell us more about who we are than things that truly matter.
In the leftist mind there is a constant battle between the genders, between the races, between religions, between socio-economic classes… and the truth is that this war is only being waged in their minds.
It’s not men vs. women. It’s men and women together working for the advancement of mankind. If men succeed, we all succeed. If women succeed, we all succeed.
We have to stop allowing leftists to divide us and to pit us against each other… it’s just not productive.
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