In April, the University of Texas began a program called UTMasculinity, which sought to help its students develop a “healthy sense of masculinity” and “address interpersonal violence, sexual assault and other issues.”
You can already see where this is going.
The program was meant to redefine what masculinity is and posted pictures featuring students talking about how it’s okay to be masculine while wearing makeup and dresses.
The problem with this kind of thinking is that it's trying to throw masculinity into the realm of femininity. I'm seeing this concept more and more, but it's like trying to put a square peg in a round hole. pic.twitter.com/q20CC2vgyW
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) June 20, 2018
After a few conservative sites pounced on it and explained that it treated masculinity as a mental health issue, UT ended up taking the program down and is currently putting it through review. Now in the latter part of June, the program is still being reviewed. However, what they did end up doing was releasing a statement more or less aimed at conservatives defending the program’s intent, and attempting to dismiss the idea that they were treating masculinity as anything like a mental illness:
Like other UT programs related to sexual assault and interpersonal violence, MasculinUT is housed administratively in the university’s Counseling and Mental Health Center. Its goals include helping men explore ways to reduce sexual violence, helping students take responsibility for their actions, and fostering healthier relationships on campus and beyond.
The problem is that the program was treating masculinity exactly like a mental illness. You can’t peg masculinity as the cause of “interpersonal violence, sexual assault and other issues,” and then wish to fundamentally redefine it unless you were finding something seriously wrong with it.
But UT’s anti-masculinity program isn’t the first attack on masculinity and it won’t be the last. Everyone from the fashion industry to the mainstream media has been celebrating the fem-ification of masculinity by attempting to normalize men having womanly tendencies. A perfect example cropped up recently during a fashion show which had the NY Post writing “men are wearing miniskirts now.”
— New York Post (@nypost) June 19, 2018
This is a continuous trend in today’s society. In the mainstream, masculinity is attacked while throwing men in miniskirts and saying it’s okay to be women is celebrated. In order to diminish, or attempt to eliminate masculinity, its detractors have put the blame on it for every societal ill possible from gun deaths to lack of women in certain fields.
With masculinity the villain of our time, men have begun to suffer. Men make up over three-quarters of all suicides, and the rate is increasing alongside the growing hostility toward them. Boys are treated like defective girls and are punished whenever they act as boys do. In too many cases, boys are drugged into compliance through the too often unnecessary use of Ritalin-like drugs.
This elimination of masculinity is being done through something along the lines of a sort of sexual Marxism. The “everyone is the same despite their obvious differences” outlook. This kind of demonstrably false assertion creates an avenue for anti-masculinity groups to claim that women are men too, and are sometimes more manly than men are because…reasons.
But they aren’t men. They can never be men. They can have man-like traits, but they cannot be men. Not only does biology make this very clear, more importantly, women do.
As studies, all of history, and even casual observation can tell you, women prefer masculine men to feminine men.
One study from the University of Glasgow in May and one from the Coventry and Aberystwyth universities last November both concluded that the more masculine a man was, the more women were attracted to them.
As it turns out, a few years of social justice groups attempting to destroy biological norms that have been programmed into us for thousands on thousands of years isn’t working out. Women still want men. Not people who identify as men, but strong, confident, and competent men. They want that kind of man because biologically, women do not generally want to take on masculine roles.
Mainstream attempts to diminish masculinity and force the gaps on women, which SocJus groups paint as “empowerment,” have left women ultimately unhappy. In fact, according to Gallup, women’s unhappiness with their position in society is on a shocking rise.
At some point, something has to break. Neither men or women can accept this emasculation of society on both a biological level, or a societal one. Masculinity is a necessity for both the healthy propagation of our species and societal upkeep. While it’s often blamed for societal ills, in truth, masculinity is the quality within humanity that keeps these ills in control. It is, by nature, a shaping force.
This is why masculinity is not wearing dresses and makeup, or acting like women. It’s rough, hard, brutish, and dangerous. That is true. But these qualities are not bad in themselves. They are a neutral force that when utilized for good, create and maintain marvels.