THE COLUMN: Forget Guns. Whatever Happened to Men?

Michael Walsh31 May, 2022 6 Min Read
You'll miss them when they're gone.

The Uvalde school shootings, coming as they did just before Memorial Day, have thrown into high relief one of this country's most vexing problems. No, it's not guns, even "military-style" guns, to use a term that has no meaning except apparently to journalists—who should also brush up on the meaning of "semi-automatic" while they're at it but probably won't. Guns have been a part of American society since the Pilgrims shot their first turkeys, and have served the country well throughout its history. That some of them have been used in the commission of crimes by criminals hardly outweighs their usefulness to the founding and maintenance of the Republic. Just ask Sergeant York.

The perfect cannot be the enemy of the good. A disarmed domestic society is not something devoutly to be wished for. In any case, what the gun-grabbers are really aiming for is not "gun control" or "common sense" gun laws but confiscation and abolition. And with nearly 400 million firearms in the country, and gun ownership widely popular, that is not going to happen as long as the Second Amendment is the law of the land. In the meantime, see what just happened in Canada, which is now completing its post-Covid descent into a fascist tyranny:

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the introduction of new legislation to further strengthen gun control in Canada and keep Canadians safe from gun violence. Bill C-21 puts forward some of the strongest gun control measures in over 40 years. These new measures include:

  • Implementing a national freeze on handguns to prevent individuals from bringing newly acquired handguns into Canada and from buying, selling, and transferring handguns within the country.
  • Taking away the firearms licenses of those involved in acts of domestic violence or criminal harassment, such as stalking.
  • Fighting gun smuggling and trafficking by increasing criminal penalties, providing more tools for law enforcement to investigate firearms crimes, and strengthening border security measures.
  • Addressing intimate partner violence, gender-based violence, and self-harm involving firearms by creating a new “red flag” law that would enable courts to require that individuals considered a danger to themselves or others surrender their firearms to law enforcement.

Luckily, here in the U.S., "shall not be infringed" has a meaning that is clear to everyone who speaks English, even Supreme Court justices and emotive half-wit Connecticut senators who shamelessly exploit dead children for their own political purposes. Gun confiscation from overwhelmingly law-biding legal gun owners makes about as much sense as locking down the healthy during a relatively minor viral epidemic. Oh wait...

No, the fault, to paraphrase Shakespeare, is not in our guns but in ourselves, and specifically in our men. For half a century masculinity has been under concerted attack in this country—fish, bicycle is one of the more benign forms, although still passive-aggressively hateful—until today it has been deemed "toxic" by the harpies of fourth-wave feminism and their very strange bedfellows in the QWERTYUIOP+ brigades. The unsurprising result has been the diminution and removal of genuine masculinity from the public square— even in the military, which now prizes women and trans-wokeness over men—and its replacement with sundry culturally unacceptable substitutes.

Chief among the missing males have been fathers: real, biological, spiritual, emotional, disciplinary fathers. Not "baby daddies," to use the ghetto term that has percolated its way up and into the larger culture. Not transient sperm donors, who wouldn't exist in the first place without trampy women to enable them. Not semi-functioning biological males embedded in the transgressive woke community who take an "X" for the team. But real men, who not only take responsibility for their children but impart responsibility to the next generation, especially to their sons. In their absence, this is what you get (warning: scorecard necessary):

No, the problem isn't "gun violence," it's the enforced emasculation of teenage American males via liberalism, feminism, academia, psychiatry, pharmacology, and the media, which all too often explodes in inchoate rage. Innate female impulses and values are critical to civilizational formation, but they are antithetical to civilizational preservation, prizing collectivism over individuality, shared instead of personal responsibility, and constant, generally irrational fears for physical and emotional safety. ("Safety" on line? Twitter can instantly "suspend" you permanently and Facebook can send you to Sugarmountain Prison on the spot for unspecified "harassment," but the Uvalde shooter can yap on social media about his desire to assault a school and nothing happens to him, algorithmically speaking.) There has never been a successful matriarchy in Western history and there never will be. Neither sex would or should want it. And as for the 19th Amendment and its effect on American history, don't get me started...

And yet within recent memory there were gun clubs at nearly every American high school, rifles teams too. In my youth it was not uncommon to see boys with BB guns and air rifles on the streets, or teenagers in JROTC uniforms carrying disabled M-1 rifles, to and from drill practice or home for field-stripping and cleaning. Hell, I even co-wrote a movie about a military-school drill team for Disney, which turned out to be their highest-rated Disney Channel show and highest-rated original movie when it was first shown in 2002—and now, in an ironic turn of events, has been whole-heartedly adopted by the lesbian community, even though that subject never once came up during the writing, development, and shooting of the movie.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to America's violence problem but surely all but the wokest among us can agree that the current state of affairs is not only unacceptable but intolerable in the literal meaning of the word: no longer to be endured. So what about this for a start:

  • a uniform age of adulthood, including drinking and voting, restored to 21;
  • no weapons sales to any male under the age of 21 without a lawful father present who is willing to take legal responsibility for the actions of his child, whether natural or adopted;
  • an option to forego college (useless for most young men in the first place, and doubly so today) and instead head directly into a three-year, sexually segregated stint in one of the military services upon graduation from high school or on his 18th birthday.

It goes without saying that the services would have to be purged of current leadership in order for this to be effective, but no doubt such a purge will be one of the first things President Ron DeSantis does upon taking office in 2025.

No vote, no guns, no dorms, no unsupervised booze until legal coming of age. Think of the lives and the parental fortunes that would be saved, plus the services, which haven't won a war since Truman was president, would revert to being largely masculine provinces, while education would return to the custody of women. Both the services and colleges could at once fire all their diversity directors and Title IX warriors and return to concentrating on teaching and fighting. Win-win!

The restoration of legal adulthood seems especially pressing. The invention of "adolescence" —by "psychologists," of course—has resulted in its extension to well into one's twenties now (think Obamacare, which defined "dependent children" up to age 26!) Unsurprisingly, this has resulted in increasing "mental illness" among teens and thus a gigantic make-work program for DSM-5 charlatans everywhere. Perfectly normal feelings like "sadness" and "angst" suddenly became the object of study by practitioners of Viennese Voodoo when every other culture that came before ours would have classified the resultant misbehavior as a failure of discipline, and dealt with it accordingly. Rome didn't last two thousand years, from the beginnings of the Republic to the fall of Constantinople, because it was weak.

Or our forefathers would have dubbed such behavior as "evil," which is what the shootings in Texas and in Buffalo—and the weekly carnage in places like Chicago—are. Please don't "judge" him, said the Texas shooter's mom, "he had his reasons." No real man cares what his "reasons" were. Indeed, the sooner we get the shrinks out of the criminal justice system entirely, and replace them with morality, the more justice we're going to get for criminals. Some people are just born to be bad and no amount of shrinking is going to help them; it only excuses them. But just as plane crashes get more media attention than fatal auto accidents, so do mass murders command the headlines, even though they are extremely rare and their death tolls are far smaller than run-of-the-mill urban violence. But don't take it from me, take it from NPR:

As the U.S. deals with two mass shootings in a single week, public outcry about racism, gun violence, gun rights and what to do about these issues is high... As a criminal justice researcher, I study gun purchasing and mass shootings, and it’s clear to me that these events are traumatic for victims, families, communities and the nation as a whole. But despite the despair about their slightly growing frequency, they are actually uncommon incidents that account for just 0.2% of firearm deaths in the U.S. each year.

The most recent research on frequency of mass shootings indicates they are becoming more common, though the exact number each year can vary widely. But not all experts agree. Some argue that mass shootings have not increased and that reports of an increase are due to differences in research methods, such as determining which events are appropriate to count in the first place. Speaking about school shootings specifically in a 2018 interview, two gun violence researchers said that those events have not become more common – but rather, people have become more aware of them.

Oh, we're aware now. The sight of the lard-bottomed Uvalde cops standing around while a punk with reasons was murdering the town's children is one we won't soon forget. Not a real man among them, and that goes for the women on the force too. Hey—a guy could get killed charging an "active shooter." (The only adult who showed any gumption was the woman who acted on her maternal instincts and rescued her own children.) But if the first consideration of your local cops is for their own safety, get new cops pronto. Just because courts have consistently ruled the police have no affirmative duty to come to your aid—that "protect and serve" thing? Just kidding!—doesn't mean you have an affirmative duty to become a victim.

Their job is to collect the bodies after the carnage stops and then "solve" the crime. Your job is to make sure it doesn't happen in the first place. That is, if you're man enough.

Michael Walsh is a journalist, author, and screenwriter. He was for 16 years the music critic and a foreign correspondent for Time Magazine. His works include the novels As Time Goes By, And All the Saints, and the bestselling “Devlin” series of NSA thrillers; as well as the nonfiction bestseller, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace and its sequel, The Fiery Angel. Last Stands, a study of military history from the Greeks to the present, was published by St. Martin's Press in December 2019. He is also the editor of Against the Great Reset: 18 Theses Contra the New World Order, published on Oct. 18, 2022, and of the forthcoming Against the Corporate Media. Follow him on Twitter: @theAmanuensis


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56 comments on “THE COLUMN: Forget Guns. Whatever Happened to Men?”

  1. Yes indeed, let's have MANDATORY draft of 18 year olds into the American military, where they shall serve until they are 21. That's the American Woke Transgendered Military you are sucking them into. Not so brilliant looked at that way, is it?

  2. This is not possible. Women have a nuclear button on the situation that can end everything with them coming out often unscathed. Its called divorce. So inherently whether a woman accepts a man as head of the household, she can at any time change her mind and demand to be the head of the household or else. Nothing can or will change without fixing this. Women were never meant to have this power. How can a man be the man he is supposed to be when a woman can destroy the family and his finances and future finances at a whim? Just not acceptable. I can see why many men rightfully realize their wives are the HoH and live accordingly, because they are. Anything else is an illusion.

  3. We're coming up on a time when there won't be any men in the workforce who remember a time before man-hating feminists were the norm. People asking "what happened to men?" are disingenuous to say the least. We've been living in an anti-male culture for generations. Young men have been ignored if they're lucky for generations. Do you hear boomer men advocating for young men and boys? Rarely. Mostly they're selfish swine who act like it's a mystery how this happened.

  4. I think America and we females are starving for the return of “real men.” Hence, the overwhelming popularity of the new blockbuster movie TOP GUN MAVERICK! It reeks masculinity and testosterone! Bring it on!!!

  5. If an 18 year old can serve as an adult, he should be treated as an adult. Period.
    The fact that there is historical precedent for the disconnect between military service and voting does not make it either logical, nor rational.
    "That's the way we've always done it" or "that's the way we used to do it" are both lazy arguments.
    And, I was born in 1961.

    1. Well, Caesar was born in 100 B.C. and it was good enough for him! History is never a lazy argument; the burden of proof is on those who wish to change a system that's worked for two millennia.

  6. Here is the connection: If you send 18 year old men (not boys, as per the insinuation of this article) to war, you assume they are old enough to assume adult resonsibilities, among them death for country. Taking on that responsibility is greater than voting, or drinking a beer.

    By the way, I'm in Europe, and here people can drink at 16, even in public. If Americans saw the freedoms Europeans had, they might start pushing for more freedoms.

  7. You want more real men! Required Bible reading and teaching. Nothing else works - the entire planet is a live test study. A real man acts according to unconditional love, selfishness, courage and valor - that's only taught in the Bible. Look everywhere those farthest from the Bible are farthest from real men. Military took out biblical principles and is all about promotion, money and power just like everywhere else the did not like to have God in their knowledge - the entire planet is a live study. Simple observation will confirm that although all the Church folk may not have lived 100% correct, they have the answer, and a few bad examples were used to discredit the fact that they have the answer in the Bible.

  8. Here's the thing about the 10 Commandments in schools. Nobody's ever harmed anyone by doing the 10 Commandments; ever. We have learned that with the 10 Commandments seem and reads, people are less likely to be willing to be see not doing them. We're safer when people try to hide bad behavior than when bad behavior is acceptable, because it a good hiding place to do bad behavior isn't found a good amount of bad behavior never get the opportunity to be done. Opportunity and reputation used to prevent lot of bad behavior all because of the peer pressure of being looked down upon when doing wrong. Seems like a good trade to the prudent person.

  9. "There is no necessary or logical connection between inducting 18-year-old males into the Army and not permitting them to vote until they're 21. It was like that for our entire history up to 1971. "

    There is a connection- a rather obvious one at that. Futher, you commit the logical error of argumentum ad antiquitatem.

  10. Yeah IrishOtter, and they’re all Russians. Ukrainian government is the most corrupt government in Europe.

  11. Well said. We are observing the analogy of a mechanical system that is affected by its controls.

  12. Of course it applies to the Uvalde cops. Every time one turns around, another white cop is being publicly pilloried because he shot and killed a black person. Going through every cops head was probably, "What if that's a Person Of Color doing the shooting? Can I and and my family take the public abuse piled upon us if he/she is? Maybe I'll sit this one out and not be singled out from the others doing the same thing." And that's exactly where we are today. Personally, I don't blame a one of them.

  13. I find the opinions espoused by this article to be horrible. It contains misinformation, seeks to strip rights away of people, and proposes laws based on one's sex that would never get passed.

    The "restoring the age of majority to 21" argument is misleading. Yes, the national voting age was 21 just prior to the 26th Amendment that was passed in 1971, but that was just a national voting age. Further, there was no effective "age of majority". Any official age of majority during most of the USA's existence has meant almost nothing- buying alcohol, engaging into contracts, taking up debt, sex, military, etc occurred significantly before 18, and with legal binding. Only relatively recently in our history has there been a hardening of what is and what is not permitted until the age of majority is reached. An example is that sad law, passed a couple years ago, that takes away the right of 18-year old men to smoke a cigaratte. Meanwhile they can serve in the military and die overseas for Dick Cheney's Halliburton.

    Raising the age of majority to 21 would mean taking away the right to make fundamental and personal decisions, from sex to medical procedures to marriage from those under 21- this is insane. The current age of 18 is already not in sync with biology, and the author proposes to further infantilize people. Women's biological clocks are already under pressure due to the delayed adulthood that has arisen from contemporary society's demands, and they don't need further pressure.

    It is almost unheard of in the history of humans to take away rights from someone until they are 21. Alexander the Great was busy conquering the world at 16.

    The problem is that our society infantilizes people. They were allowed to grow up and be functioning members of societies say at 14 years old, up until 100 years ago. Not anymore. High school needs to end earlier so young adults can rightfully move on with their lives earlier, as biology and common sense dicatates.

    Lastly, the article suggests to force men to either go to college or join the military-this won't fly.

    1. You were doing great until you got to "Dick Cheney's Halliburton." We're not raising the age of majority, we're restoring it going forward. PLan accordingly.

  14. This will ramble a bit...bear with me. Eight decades of life-experience has given me a certain viewpoint, if not wisdom. The author was right; 21 yrs for adulthood. Three years mandatory military service for all males immediately upon graduation from High School serves one turns them into responsible members of society upon their return. First year while training for useful skills and two years overseas in various countries under various governments will give them the experience of living without our unique-in-the-world freedoms. NO form of government, other than ours, ensures those freedoms -- and that is because our government is afraid of we, the people for one reason and one reason only...because we are armed, 400 million guns worth. And that is exactly how it should be and exactly how our Founders meant it to be when they penned the 2nd Amendment. Once we are disarmed and it loses that fear of us, we will become just another suppressed, two-class, two-bit country. Once our newly vetted men return home, they will be responsible men capable of picking up the baton.

  15. Or how about we reverse the 1960 SCOTUS decision to remove teaching the Bible out of schools. I mean, was it really so wrong to teach children to love your neighbor as yourself. Or was it really so wrong to teach them that there is an all mighty creator who instructs us not to murder, lie or steal?

    We are reaping what we have sown. Enjoy.

  16. Michael, I'm impressed with the frank and free discussion taking place here, I'm interested in participating. I like that you are interacting with the readers, that's community, which is completely missing from online forums. It gets old just commenting and only engaging in repartee with other commenters, because there is no connection with the source. I've watched commenters slowly become anesthetized and settle into cynicism.

    I can't participate today I have some work to do, but I'll be back.. I'll bookmark

    James H

    1. Thank you. We want this to be a place of open and honest discussion, although we reserve the right not to publish letters that are patently offensive or abusive.

  17. Testosterone of the western is getting lower every year. Nobody seems to study the cause and a remedy as by 2050 if we continue to lose testosterone the average male will have no viable sperm. Which is just what the globalist depopulation cult wants.

  18. The rugged independent American males are still here in force. We're law abiding and the media avoids us so that we seemingly fly under the radar. We're raising Godly children and being a positive influence on other's children. We're also wondering when others will show intestinal fortitude by voting conscience instead of pocket book - yup if you're a male not voting conscience it's a pocket book for you. We're also wondering why others are blaming Democrats, Elites, LGBTQABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ, black, white, red, brown, yellow, polkadot and striped. Real masculine rugged independent males always win amid all the smoke and deception, because cause nobody can deny success. And, everyone wants to be like the successful even when they hate that the successful are successful. I'm not the masculine rugged independent American male, I'm just one in the whole lot of em'.

  19. I agree and I am a woman. Maybe it started in the 60's and 70's with sitcoms making the fathers look like idiots. Now, we have women everywhere, except at home with their children. Women police chiefs, women mayors. Men should not be reporting to women bosses. Period. End of story. Men should start forming groups, maybe through their churches (real men attend church with their families). They should set out goals for themselves and their families and decide to become the head of the household (as stated in the Bible) - as Jesus is the head of the church. Women will try to rule the roost but they must be (gently) rebuked and reminded who the head of the household is. I honestly think in the long run women would be happier with this arrangement. Women like to be protected by their men and men should like to protect them and their children. You get the idea.

  20. All of us so-called "real men" have learned how to lay-low in today's idiotic and fear-riddled society: It's literally the only option we have if we want to build any kind of "prosperity" for our wives and children.
    From birth, nearly every young boy is constantly told that he is inherently flawed; invariably doomed to become a monster; and filled with nothing but "toxic masculinity" ... with a double-dose if he happens to be "religious" in any way ...
    Every social structure we currently have not only denigrates men, but is also openly insulting and hostile to the very concept of "real men".
    I find it tragically ironic that such a stupid, self-centered, and corrupt society can now only be rescued by the very ones it rejected, persecuted, and destroyed.
    Part of me feels obligated to save society from itself. Another part of me wants to sit back and watch it finish consuming itself. At the moment, I'm still undecided ...

  21. All of us so-called "real men" have learned how to lay-low in today's idiotic and fear-riddled society: It's literally the only option we have if we want to build any kind of "prosperity" for our wives and children.
    From birth, nearly every young boy is constantly told that he is inherently flawed; invariably doomed to become a monster; and filled with nothing but "toxic masculinity" ... with a double-dose if he happen to be "religious" in any way ...
    Every social structure we currently have not only denigrates men, but is also openly insulting and hostile to the very concept of "real men".
    I find it tragically ironic that such a stupid, self-centered, and corrupt society can now only be rescued by the very ones it rejected, persecuted, and destroyed. Part of me feels obligated to save society from itself. Another part of me wants to sit back and watch it finish consuming itself. At the moment, I'm still undecided ...

  22. This article is a little inconsistent, and the rationale for a minimum age of adulthood is not well-articulated.
    The primary reason for a uniform minimum age of adulthood is citizenship rights must be aligned with citizenship responsibilities. If an 18 year old can sign a contract, get married, enlist in military service, serve on jury duty, etc., then there is no sound legal rationale for depriving an 18 year old of any rights, including the right to bear arms, purchase alcoholic beverages, participate in casino gambling, etc. There may be good, practical reasons for such deprivation, but there is no way they are constitutionally sound.
    If you can abridge the citizenship rights of 18-20 year olds, then the constitutional rights of citizens has been abridged. That opens the door for further abridgment anytime the mob can be led to desire it. This is a sure way to lose all of our constitutional rights.
    That is why citizenship has to be defined by a common age. If it is 21, so be it. If it is 18, so be it. But, if it is 18 for some things, and 21 for others, you have laid the groundwork for the erosion of all constitutional rights.

    1. If you restore the legal age of adulthood to 21, most problems you outline are solved. There is no necessary or logical connection between inducting 18-year-old males into the Army and not permitting them to vote until they're 21. It was like that for our entire history up to 1971. My proposal simply restores the status quo ante, unless you were born yesterday.

  23. To expound on Michael's brief and correct answer, this is a direct consequence of "When seconds count, the police are minutes away". You're lucky if the police can arrive to a scene quickly, and even then the Courts (all the way up to, and including, the Supreme Court) have consistently ruled that the police are under no obligation to stop a crime in progress.

    This is a major reason why individuals need arms to protect themselves. The police cannot be relied on to protect us.

  24. I have not read any other comments, but from my perspective - since I was in high school (45 years ago), our society has embraced untold amounts of absolute B.S. and foolishness as "enlightenment". Well, we are just beginning to see the results and it's going to get much, much worse.

  25. One gentle correction: firearms have been part of American society not "since the Pilgrims shot their first turkeys", but since before the Pilgrims arrived. I'm certain that the colonists at Jamestown were armed.

  26. sperm count AND testosterone have dropped 60% in just 40 years. the war on boys/men continues apace at warp speed.

  27. Real American Men are STILL here. We're waiting for this clusterf*ck to collapse so we can come in and whip all these idiots into shape or preferably dispatch them forever. This thing is OVER. This thing called the United States Of America. It is OVER because we let the minorities in, and we allowed women to vote. Simple as that. This nation WAS NOT built for anyone expect White, Christian, Heterosexual, Men who own land. Anything less leads to what you see today. We're just going to "MOP UP" in a year or so when this entire thing falls apart.

  28. My Question is one of: 'Why did American men not fight back when masculinity became targeted?' Growing up in South Africa we never had this problem. Nobody thought of questioning masculinity. At university in Canada I never had an ounce of time for feminists, made this clear, and couldn't care less about their views on men and masculinity. So why did North American males surrender to imbeciles who, in any event, couldn't fight their way out of a wet paper bag. And what is the matter with people who claim to be men and then fall over themselves promoting the interests of females when it was men, not women in any numbers, who over the centuries fought and died for their countries and in tens of thousands lie in graves in France and all over Europe

  29. No, no, NO! I enlisted in the Navy (Submarine Service) the very first day I was able to: when class let out of the first day of being a Senior in high school. I was 17. Mom had to sign for me. I served 8 1/2 years. Best decision I ever made; experience really straighten my handsome bum out.

  30. I agree but have to add one more point. No deployment and no military action for any male under the age of 21.

  31. You should advise and visit "trade" shops with your nephew. HVAC, Electrical, plumbing, machine, ... Every tradesMan I have had come to my house has or is going to start his own business. They all attended 2 year trade schools (with no debt left) and the tradesMen in the last 4 or 5 years making repairs at my house are making over 100k. Several over 150k. Something to think about.

  32. And they practcie censorship just like the peoplemthey say they oppose Another sick joke.

  33. American males have largely become soy boys. Not unlike the males found in Sodom when Lot left. Any questions?
    Our military is a sick joke. As others point out it is simply designed to fail and lose for endless war and profit. Look at the nations destroyed and human suffering caused by this practice globally.
    Government and courts are a freak show as others have said and written. When a nation causes God to reach the point He has a controversy with them indictment follows and judgment ensues. There is no trial.
    Hello America. He may defer sentencing on behalf of a believing remnant but the nation shall pass into extinction. Vengeance is His and He shall repay. That terrifies this humble writer. The only question is when and where. Will it be in the Valley of Armageddon or earlier? Only He knows.

  34. "And all the time — such is the tragi-comedy of our situation — we continue to clamour for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more ‘drive’, or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or ‘creativity’. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful." -- C. S. Lewis, "The Abolition of Man," 1943

    There is nothing to say that Lewis hasn't already said.

  35. Very perceptive, but I take serious issue with one of your suggestions. The "cannot do it until age 21 unless father or stepfather agrees". This brings back one of the worst aspects of the old patriarchal society. This, as an absolute, is just wrong, wrong, wrong. In the '70s, when my parents divorced and my father moved several states away, I was not allowed to go to the sexual education sessions at my school, because girls had to have their mothers signature, and boys had to have their fathers. No exceptions allowed. I wasn't allowed to be in boy scouts, because there wasn't a father in the home. Seriously. This was a local level thing. Even at that age I knew that if I pushed it they would probably take me, but that they would make my life a living hell. They did a pretty good job of that in the cub scouts, and was made to know that I wouldn't be welcome in the "real scouts".

    There must be allowable ways to have exceptions.

  36. I read your article with great interest. I usually try to view men and women as acting in their own best interests and your article reinforces that view. I have a nephew who is terrified of going to college - afraid that he'll say something wrong or be accused of behavior that was without malevolency. From his perspective, there is nothing that would be in his best interest for "participating" in these truly noble societal roles.
    With the added pressure that women believe that they won't take any 'crap' from an average man, there is no reward in playing that game. He's just as happy doing a boring, non-thinking job without any hassle. Even looking for a promotion is avoided as he'd have to interact with more people with more conflict which he'll never win.
    IMHO, these are reasonable responses to life situations where, "the only way to win is not to play."

  37. They wanted to get rid of men, they got rid of men. Now the best they have is those big, strong women-with-penises wiping the floor with those sissy little girls-with-vaginas. It took them a few generations to get that far but that's what they've always wanted.

  38. *Really* bad example.
    The McMichaels very stupidly killed an unarmed man. And stupidly filmed it.
    And, incredibly stupidly, published the film as proof of their dementia.
    They deserve their convictions on grounds of terminal idiocy.

  39. I read all the article's suggested remedies to feminization, and at the end of them a thought popped into my head... "And then you wake up."
    The same technological progress that liberated women from the assorted domestic drudgery that led to the saying, "A man's work is from sun to sun, but a woman's work is never done" runs parallel to the technology that created the birth control pill and led to the sexual revolution.
    Modern-day feminism is a luxury that technology affords. The more it "liberates" women from their historical and traditional partnership roles and responsibilities with men, the more it also "liberates" men from the need to grow up and take responsibility for anyone else, including family responsibilities.
    Men become men when society or circumstances force them to stop being boys. When there is no longer any such requirement, you get a society with a lot of beta-males. Beta males and women who have liberated themselves into the company of cats lead to matriarchal societies, and as the author correctly points out such societies can't last long because they fall apart from within.
    But until the next Carrington Event or an EMP attack takes away our electricity and our technology, thereby once more making now-quaint manly and womanly societal roles necessary to survive, we'll just go on imploding, I guess, until things get so bad that a more authoritarian model will by necessity rise from the ruins.

  40. “Their job is to collect the bodies after the carnage stops and then "solve" the crime. “
    You meant to write “isn’t to”, correct?

  41. Look at the McMichaels in GA. 2 men with extensive backgrounds in policing who tried to get involved in their neighborhood. Conservatives cheered their convictions.

  42. Look to Ukraine. There are real men there, lots of them, fighting for their nation and families.

  43. Michael, an awful lot of us are not sure why we should risk being prosecuted and/or sued into bankruptcy for a total stranger. The current legal system may not explicitly outlaw self-defense or defense of others, but "the process will be the punishment." That needs to be addressed.
    That's not the same as the cops in Uvalde. But it does explain the subway incident, where everyone just stood there. And that attitude goes back to the schools. Defend yourself against a bully, get punished.

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