Men have been under assault for quite some time, with radical leftists hellbent on blaming the patriarchy for every bad actor in our nation. Gillette's latest ad is just another attempt to label masculinity as a toxic trait among males.
This #MeToo movement has spiraled out of control like a forest fire in California (want to blame that on men, too?), and it's time someone spoke up.
Postmodernist continue to jumble what makes a man an man. First, they blame the modern-day form of the word "patriarchy," claiming that the dominance of men have led to the oppression of women. They view every man as having some form of power, neatly putting every male in the same group (tribalism at its finest). Because of this power struggle, feminists claim this results in a hierarchy where men sit at the pinnacle, and women reside at the bottom on the pyramid, much like grains. In their opinion, this hierarchy only exists because men are power hungry, This idea of a tyrannical hierarchy is essentially what the patriarchy is to them.
But this couldn't be further from the truth.
Hierarchies are predicated on competence, not power. Sure, power plays a part in them, but such hierarchies will fall apart when power trumps intelligence – Soviet Union, Hitler's Germany, etc. There's a reason these nations fell, while America, a nation built by INDIVIDUALS and intellectuals, still thrives.
Postmodernists also attack the historical sense of the word. They attack traditional family models where the men are head of household, citing this as an attempt to suppress women from achieving their goals in the workforce.
Again, this couldn't be further from the truth
Now more than ever, both men and women are contributing when it comes to bringing in money for the family. Families no longer have the luxury to have one member of the family stay home. Couples are forced to bring in two separate incomes, with the cost of living continuing to rise. To raise one child in today's modern society, it'll cost a family $233.610. Nobody is forcing women to stay home and be a housewife – much like they apparently forced women to vote for Trump. That model of thinking is old and outdated.
While the traditional sense of the patriarchy has changed, it's not the toxic way of life that those on the left want you to believe it is. Men are needed in families now more than ever. There's a reason the black community, which makes up 12.3% of the population, commits over 50% of all violent crime – it's not because Black Lives Matter, it's because Black Fathers Matter. That saying goes for any ethnicity or race. Single motherhood leads to more broken homes than any patriarchy ever could. Mothers are not fathers – and vice versa – and kids need a strong father figure in their lives. A family that lacks a cohesive unit leads to an increase in poverty, crime, and substance abuse.
The left also mistakes competition with men who seek to dominate women. Inherently, men are more competitive than women. The competitiveness differences between men and women begin at an early age, with the gap growing larger as both males and females get older. Men compete in sports, the job market, and yes, even when vying for the attention of a woman. It's in our nature, much like being more affectionate and loving is a trait that is more prevalent in women. Competition may differ between men and women, but that doesn't mean it's "toxic."
This list goes on and on, but I think you get the picture.
It's scary being a man nowadays. Anything thing you do is judged by the court of public opinion. Anything you say is analyzed under a microscope. And heaven forbid you have a blemish on your past that can be levied against you.
The left want you to believe that men are the problem. They blame masculinity as the culprit, citing little to no evidence to back up their claims. They blindly proclaim that men have all the power because men own all the capital and make all the money. In truth, only a small proportion own all the wealth. This substrata of hyper-successful men is not an accurate representation of the entire structure of western society.
Furthermore, we don't live in a male-dominated society. What about how more men are incarcerated? Or that most people that die in wars are men? Of course, none of these stats matter to feminist movement.
How about instead of focusing on why western society sucks – a place where women are more free, more successful, and have more opportunities – we focus on the real perpetrator. You know, the men who force women to undergo FGM, force their wives and daughters to wear a burqa, kill their women for leaving the religion, and rape their wives because their Imam allows it.
How about we do an ad on that?