When Manly Virtue Died

One of the “games” I play with my children when we watch TV together – whether an actual program or a commercial – is when I ask them this question: What do you learn about men in this program? The answer is most often, “That men are the dumbest people on the planet.”

It seems that with every passing year the male characters on TV are dropping IQ points. If this is still a response to the way women were treated in TV’s early years, then I think it’s safe to say that the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction and gotten stuck.

Below is a good article on a related subject by Suzanne Fields

These are difficult and perilous times for boys. A distorted culture has robbed them of virtue to measure themselves against. The good once associated with masculinity in a patriarchal society has been tossed out with the bad. This, alas, is the era of feminist ascendency.

Manhood is more easily mocked, satirized and derided, or exposed for its villainy, exploitation and criminality, than held up as an ideal for boys to aspire to. We’ve always had rogues, rascals and villains, but until now we’ve also had a baseline, a common denominator, of what it means to be a man. Male-female cultural distinctions, once blurred, now are disappearing.

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