The WW II Propaganda poster featured as a link in this posting is disturbing. Of course any pik with a swastika triggers a negative perception in the average American. To have the ugly symbol above the angelic face of the little boy is like suddenly seeing your child sitting in the lap of a mass murderer.
What if the little one keeps wearing the hat. What if he is still wearing the hat when he is 14 years old? Those of you who have followed this blog for more than a few weeks have heard my railing about the damage the absence of a father will wreak in the life of a male child. The politically contrived idea that there is no difference between a woman or a man raising a young boy will not be entertained here. Yes, often a strong mother can raise male children who have the restraint and judgment to be good men. But it is a tough call if you are a single parent. Whether you are male or female, it is a herculean task to raise a child to a successful adult. But the fantasy narrative that marginalizes males in familial relationships, vilified men as rapists and physical abusers or snickered at the incompetent fools who can’t put a bicycle together has almost buried the idea of men as valid contributors to the American family. Sigmund said “The child is father to the man.” in describing the maturational (evolutional) nature of growing up. The influence of a weak parent will raise a male that evolves into an spoiled brat with muscle enough to victimize, bully, or kill. The model of a man who can find good purpose for his strength, and proper use for anger (yes there are situations where anger is a tool.). and the importance of humility in self-regard is the best bet for preventing the overweening teen-age gang-banger from being released upon the world.
I came of age in the time of Donahue, a very influential talk jock that specialized in inviting guests who despised males and had ax’s galore to grind. My parents didn’t seem to mind my reading Ruebans, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask” at the tender age of 11 or twelve. Matters of intimacy were never directly made a point of, but they were not looked upon with horror when they cropped up. With this in mind I saw the constant drubbing my gender received by Mr. Donahue, (or Alan Alda for that matter.) as totally false. At the time I saw pandering to the grudges of man-hating women as a pansies buy-in to hangin’ with and getting strokes from females. It has been a struggle with such beauties as Andrea Dworkin out there trying to convince everyone that every act of sex between males and females was a form of rape. To be sure there are sins against the feminine gender, but men are not as horrible as described by the Code Pink types.
I am interested by Camille Paglia though. She has popped every now and then for the past 25 years. She sees the damage done by the neopuritanical feminism and the fact that we have several generations who have been coddled through lives where there is no threat to their world, no famine, no great war to educate them to the true value of things. So they become shallow and fragile, wincing at every ill wind or rough word that wafts by. Be advised, Camille is a bit manic and hard to follow.
YOUR HUMBLE BLOGGIST LOST “IT” AT THE RIPE OLD AGE OF FIFTEEN. AT THAT AGE, IN THE EARLY SEVENTIES, SIR EDMUND HILLARY WAS MY MORAL COMPASS. “Because it’s there!” is enough of an excuse for the walking erection of a fifteen year old in any decade.! SO WHY DOES IT SEEM SO TERRIBLE WHEN IT IS THE OTHER WAY AROUND; WHEN IT IS A MALE TEACHER SCREWING A FEMALE STUDENT?
Women have always been considered the custodians of the higher moral ground in our culture. while men have been exiled to the outhouse of bad sexual behavior. When a man “walks the line.” it is a woman who has drawn the line. Throughout the history of western civilization women have both been repressed cherished. A troubled mix of good and bad consequences for the females. . Men, however, were deluded into thinking it is noble to sacrifice themselves to protect the innocent women. Men are expendable. We have accepted this burden. When a man bitches; he is vilified to the max by our entire culture! “Butt!” It is a bargain both sides were reconciled too. It doesn’t exist anymore. At least not at a level that meaningfully impacts society.
But I and many men and women of my generation feel that something precious has been lost to this society. The great cause of every dweeb who finally got a date. The notion that caused many a males chest to swell with pride. We would jump at the chance to risk injury or death in protecting women. Men are the expendable gender. Women, representing the good, decent part of life, are to be cherished and protected at all costs. Things are changing…
Recent surveys attest to the demise of chivalry in this society. In 1912 the “unsinkable” Titanic met an even more unsinkable iceberg. 1300 men find their eternal slumber in the eternal black, a thousand feet below under a blanket of frigid water. Only 103 females were lost. Most current male respondents stated those numbers would be inverted if the boat sank today. The men, rather than standing in harms way, would be tossing women and children out of the lifeboats to save themselves. I admit there is a lot that must be changed between men and women, but the way things are going, the good ol’ days are looking better and better.