Society to Blame: The Inability to Man Up

I’ve noticed a few articles lately on the lack of manliness, so I thought I would put in my two cents on this topic. As pointed out in these articles, manliness is systematically being discouraged in our society. This attack against manhood is also mentioned in Richard Poe’s book The Seven Myths of Gun Control: Reclaiming the Truth about Guns, Crime, and the Second Amendment.

One particular example mentioned in his book discusses a parent removing a toy guy from his daughter’s hands at a birthday party after she had been shooting it at one of her friends. At this same party, a woman was painting flowers on the faces of the girls, but did not paint the faces of the boys. When asked why, she replied that the boys wanted guns painted on their faces, but she was not able to do that because it was deemed inappropriate. One adult at the party said that the new fad was no war, to which another adult replied that if a war broke out, then no one would know how to fight.

Another example Poe mentions is his days of working at a restaurant/bar. One night, a fight broke out, in which the perpetrators began attacking the manager. Poe and his fellow employees (but not all of them) came to his aid. Needless to say, they managed to subdue the troublemakers.

Whereas some establishments might allow their employees to break up fights, others (particularly franchise establishments) forbid such action. The reason? Any injuries that might result from such action will lead to a lawsuit. Thus, the issue of liability has discouraged employees from breaking up fights. In addition, any intervention for a confrontation (e.g. two customers getting in each other’s face) is the sole responsibility of the managers, who could tell the customers to knock it off or leave (or threaten to call the police). The latter solution might be a good solution to some verbal confrontation, but how good is it if a fight breaks out (especially if the fight involves a group of individuals)? By the time the cops arrive, there’s no telling how much damage and injuries might occur.

Thus, it’s pretty much the system that has become an opponent of manhood. Schools encourage boys to act feminine (most likely part of the homosexual agenda). Meanwhile, employees face lawsuits and the possibility of losing their jobs if they try to break up a fight among customers (thanks to liberal lawyers and liberal judges) or try to stop a robbery. In fact, a few people have been fired for such action (e.g. a 711 employee subduing a woman who tried to rob the store wound up losing his job). I should point out that there are those people who would take action in the event of a fight or robbery, but unfortunately their hands are tied.

This is why we need to change the system.

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Andrew Linn

About the author, Andrew Linn: Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to examiner.com and Right Impulse Media. View all articles by Andrew Linn

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