I’d never come across the term “Toxic Masculinity” before it became another raison d’etre of progressives. Although it has apparently been around since the 1980s, feminists have used to explain the “irredeemable toxic masculinity of white male elites.” (Dr. Carol Harrington, Victoria University of Wellington, Neoliberal Sexual Violence Politics, Toxic Masculinity, and #MeToo–abstract)
Now the Second Gentleman seems to have made it his mission. In a March 4th interview with MSNBC’s Johnathan Capehart, Mr Emhoff said, “There’s too much toxicity–masculine toxicity out there, and we’ve kind of confused what it means to be a man, what it means to be masculine. You’ve got this trope out there where you have to be tough, and angry, and lash out to be strong.”
Really? Tell that to those who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East. Ask those who they pulled from the various fires the world over. Those who stood the wall and kept the wolves at bay. But talking in riddles and virtue signaling seems part of the VP’s family repertoire.
The term “toxic masculinity” was apparently created by Shepard Bliss (www.gynocentrism.com, 3/2021) in order to explain the traits of his militaristic, authoritarian father. And it means little other than point to the character traits of specific men. However, to me it sounds more like a toxic personality description which doesn’t restrict itself only to men. And I would rather believe that the preponderance of males try to be more illustrative of the Bible’s 1 Timothy 3:2-4 passage. So while we can’t live in that very special place of Aunt Bee and Andy, it’s apparent that Mr Emhoff never even visited.
Speaking of kids, between the media hype and the social assault on the psyche of children (along with non-binary, gender dysphoria, pronouns, CRT, white supremacy, ESG, etc), it’s no wonder those growing up today are confused. I’m confused. The Administration’s confused—but from what they’ve demonstrated in the last two and one-half years, that’s more usual than unusual. As Dorothy said, “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
So, let me leave you with this. Judge something not by its intention but by its effect. Rather than complaining about “toxic masculinity” I would rather see the Second Gentleman zero in on fatherhood. Because if we fail there, then whatever is wrong with kids today is what will be wrong with adults tomorrow. You’d think Mr Emhoff would want to emphasize the positive. The negative already gets too much play
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