What is masculinity, and why do leftists oppose it?

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My friend Adina shared a splendid article from the American Thinker with me. People often ask me why I speak about policy and politics so much on a Christian apologetics blog. My usual answer is that things like money and religious liberty are central to how Christians run their lives. But this article made me think of a deeper reason, one that’s been the driving force in my life for a long time.

First, let’s see some of the article, then I’ll talk about why this article is a key to really understanding men like me.

Excerpt:

An ongoing mantra of the left is that everyone is a victim, with a singular carve-out for white men.  A large group of the female population has embraced this chant.

While there may be a number of grievances put forth by this movement, there also comes a theme that is particularly dangerous: the feminist attack on masculinity.  This is derived not only from feminists; it comes from the left in general.

There has emerged a war on masculinity.  Why?  Because masculine men are harder to control under tyrannical socialism.  The modern beta male, on the other hand, craves socialism.  This is why the left has branded masculinity as toxic: it stands as a roadblock to their endgame.

That’s the thesis of the article, and here is a snippet that I want to talk about:

The feminist hatred for masculinity is only another tool in the toolbox of communism.  Masculinity tends to make a man individualistic.  Individualistic men are capitalists, not communists.  They are men who cherish individual liberty, and they rely on themselves rather than on government.  Self-reliance is a four-letter word for leftists, and masculine men are generally self-reliant.  Beta males like Pajama Boy rely on government, and such modern men, devoid of any semblance of masculinity, are ideal for leftist indoctrination.

Were the frontiersmen communists or capitalists?  How about the cowboys?  How about the Navy SEALs or Army Rangers?  Sure, the press may find in the military a few Che Guevara t-shirt-wearing idiots and parade them all over the place, but I am willing to bet that the majority of SEAL Team 6 comprises masculine capitalists.

What games do young boys play?  They pretend to be cowboys.  They pretend to be soldiers.   They don’t pretend to be soviet textile workers slaving under Stalin’s system.  They don’t pretend to be entitled Millennial brats who congregate at Starbucks and talk about the wonders of socialism, either.  Most boys hit the ground embracing masculinity.  Some maintain it, but many have it berated out of them by the weak society they walk in or by their leftist parents.

Masculinity leads a man to seek to better himself in many regards, while collectivism thrives on mediocrity.  Collectivism in this country is sought by the lazy who don’t want to work but feel entitled to free handouts of all kinds.

I can confirm from my reading of SEAL and Ranger autobiographies that they are overwhelmingly conservative in their politics.

OK, so two points about this. First, I grew up in a very liberal environment where masculinity was already under attack starting from elementary school. It started in the public schools with the lazy public school teachers. In college, I saw lazy college students doing non-STEM degrees because they were easy. And then they wanted bailouts for their unpaid student loans.

I really noticed it when I worked for the government during a couple of summers. Most people in unionized jobs just don’t have the marketable skills to make it in the private sector, where people are paid based on performance and can easily be fired for failure to perform. Public schools and government are two places where people who can’t perform go in order to make money without having to perform. Even their raises are defined by collective bargaining, not individual merit. (My public school system even went on strike, and I would see the teachers holding signs in order to get paid more, instead of doing what normal people do, and producing more). Working in the public sector just not acceptable to people who want to work hard and advance by merit.

The more I experienced this, as a student and as a government employee, the more I realized that I wanted to get as far away as possible from laws and policies that reflect a desire to provide security for lazy people. I wanted these people out of my life. I didn’t want them getting my money. I did not want them making the rules that I had to live by. I wanted to cut government funding and enact right-to-work and school choice laws. Just to stop the forced funding of lazy people through mandatory taxes. I didn’t yet realize that there was any masculine-feminine distinction going on, I just knew that these were lazy people, they made poor choices because of their desire for fun and laziness, and they ought to be starving, not getting paid. And as the left started to crack down on free speech, guns, and other freedoms, I started a lifelong journey from blue states to red states. I just wanted nothing to do with these people interfering in my life, and leeching off of me. I wanted to post pictures of a Steyr Aug on Twitter and tag all my female public school teachers and their nanny state allies, who didn’t like guns because “they are loud and scary”. (Note: I do not yet own a Steyr Aug. Maybe some day.).

My second point is about how this denigration of masculinity works out in relationships.

I wanted to get married pretty much from high school. Since I didn’t have a stay at home mom, I decided early on that I wanted that for my children. I can remember thinking about this in my junior year of high school (grade 11). So, I talked to my Dad about it, and he suggested that I not follow my dream of becoming an English teacher, and instead focus on computer science. I was just as good at computer science as English literature in those days – good enough for the class awards every year in both subjects. So, I got the BS and the MS, and then moved to find work that would pay a lot. And I saved a lot of what I earned.

Fast forward to my relationships. What I found is that women who were influenced by leftism had zero respect for my ability to lead in areas like education, career and finance. Since they had been taught that masculinity was toxic, they would often prefer younger, penniless, unemployed students who were more easily manipulated. They resented that I would offer them advice about what to study, where to work, and how to save more, which – along with apologetics and raising parrots – is about the only stuff I’m qualified to give advice about! Basically, they had been trained to see male competence as toxic. Male leadership – even when it was clearly demonstrated from past success – was toxic. And the “best” men were the men who let them make decisions based on their feelings, which mostly involved pursuing fun and being irresponsible – and sometimes even immoral. Men exist to give women “feelings”, and for no other purpose than that.

Well, that’s what I wanted to say about how my experience with anti-masculinity in education, career and relationships has affected me. My masculinity came about naturally, as a result of encountering leftism in different areas of my life. And I think having to deal with it up close just pushed me further in the masculine direction. That is not to say that I am a promiscuous, risk-taking thug. I’m chaste, I’m a software engineer, I don’t drink, I have no tattoos or piercings, I’ve never been arrested, and I’ve saved most of what I earned. But if I could move to a place where government kept out of my business and out of my wallet, then I’d move. If I could find a woman who respected the strengths of men, then I’d marry her.

I basically want to be in a place where the government and the women around me are respectful of my different priorities and different life goals. Unfortunately, I’m living in a time of great foolishness, and much of that has been brought about by leftism. Much of my income is confiscated so that other people can spend it and call themselves “generous” with money they did not, and could not, earn themselves. My liberty is constrained, and the people who cost me money or do me harm – illegal immigrants, criminals, terrorists, etc. – are treated better than I am. All in the name of “compassion”. We are in a time and place where people in high places are at war with masculinity. I wish I could opt out of every nanny state policy, but there’s no opt-out.

17 thoughts on “What is masculinity, and why do leftists oppose it?”

  1. A food for thought story on unions: I spent a semester of my undergraduate doing research at a national lab. The unionized janitors charged itemized per hour for each time that they swept the floors. My research adviser was a bit tight on funds. He didn’t want to pay the janitors what they were charging, but no scientist (salaried) could sweep the floor because the union would file a grievance. As the undergraduate (whose time was the least valuable), I was encouraged to be clumsy and systematically drop disposable test tubes (after I was done with them and they were pretty clean) in different parts of the laboratory, so I could sweep up the broken glass (which was allowable).

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    1. After High School I did a brief stint in some factories that were unionized. Once I was called into the manager’s office for working too hard and fast. The other guys didn’t like it and I got booted into an area where I was an independent worker. Another time I was told I had to pay union dues. I asked, what did I care about the union? The guy tried to sell me on the idea that if I did something wrong then they’d protect me and I wouldn’t get fired. I told them, if I did something wrong, then I deserved to be fired!

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    1. Well two points.

      If I have Christian goals some of those require that I use money to achieve them, like buying books for my pro life friend who wants to go to law school or sponsoring Christian speakers on campus. If the government takes my money, they won’t spend it on things like that.

      Second, the government can actually interfere with the things I want to do as a Christian. So, when I was an undergraduate student, our Christian club got derecognized by the university for requiring officers to accept Bible teachings on sexuality.

      I have a fighter pilot view of the Christian life. I am interested in completing my mission and it is up to me how I do that. I am very conscious of threats to my mission. People who want to redirect me to other things, or shoot me down entirely.

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      1. I mean in the sense that you would like to withdraw from the “moochers” of society to enjoy the fruits of your own labor and control over your own money. (Secondarily, to let society collapse under its own weight without being propped up by the producers)

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        1. I wouldn’t complain if that happened. My job as a Christian is not to participate in the wealth redistribution (vote buying) schemes of the secular left government. I accept that some spending is Constitutional. I don’t want to enjoy the fruits of my labor I want to give it away to the Christians in my life who are struggling or trying to achieve stuff for OUR boss.

          I’ve never read Ayn Rand, but I read Thomas Sowell.

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          1. I wouldn’t specifically recommend Rand’s book, Atlas Shrugged, because it contains sexual immorality and she’s got no place in her thinking for actual charity and need. It is, however, an interesting and prophetic warning against socialism and the way it is being justified in the US. It is also an interesting thought experiment regarding what would happen if all the producers could just disappear off the landscape and form their own economy.

            It makes me wonder what our marxist-inclined university graduates would think about the idea of all our rich giving up their money and going to live in a land of their own. Would they think this country would see a net improvement? Perhaps they have a duty to stay here and be producers for the good of us all?

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        2. I’m reading the tenth anniversary edition of Money, Greed and God with my friend the widow. We are are reading it out loud to each other. And right now it looks like communism collapses precisely because they go after the producers. It causes shortages, including shortages of food. Just look at Venezuela, where they nationalized everything and now they’re eating zoo animals.

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        3. I’m reading the tenth anniversary edition of Money, Greed and God with my friend Carla. And right now it looks like communism collapses precisely because they go after the producers. It causes shortages, including shortages of food. Just look at Venezuela, where they nationalized everything and now they’re eating zoo animals.

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  2. WK, you are doing right.

    We can do best by sharing those values in our communities to build right-minded men and women from the ground up. We’ve chosen Las Vegas where we base our business to use our influence while some freedom is allowed. Choices are limited.

    God bless your search.

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    1. Because it’s scary looking. And they don’t like that. And they feel that their ill-informed feelings are a basis for teaching boys that guns are bad, and pushing anti-gun legislature to control law-abiding gun owners.

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      1. If you can look past the gun snobs you can get a nice, reliable bullpup carbine for less than 500$. Its not a Steyr, but its inexpensive, scary looking and a heck of a lot cheaper. I won’t post a link to my page here because a bunch of people will complain, but if you look at my site I lament the problems of buying a gun in CA and what I am buying. Take a peek if you’re interested.

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  3. Brett McKay talks about there being two different ideas of what it means to be a man in his book, Manvotionals, one being the opposite of being a female and the other being the opposite of a child. He goes with the second idea, and I think he has the right idea.

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