A Nation of Sissies
Merriam-Webster defines sissy as:
an effeminate man or boy also: a timid, weak, or cowardly person
Manhood today is considered a micro aggression. Calling a boy a boy, and upon puberty, calling a man a man will trigger violent responses. Here is a video of a transgender who gets called a man and explodes in anger.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was roundly criticized for using the phrase “economic girly men” during the 2004 Republican National Convention.
We have come a long way baby!
Public schools are inviting transgenders into elementary schools to talk about how wonderful it is to be a girly man. But this phenomenon is not new. It has gradually gained a foothold in our public schools and now is fully out of the closet (no pun intended). Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., a medical writer, adjunct professor of journalism at The Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University on March 15, 2011 in a Psychology Today column titled “The School Told My Daughter She Has a Penis!” wrote:
I didn’t know whether to laugh or get infuriated when my 10-year-old daughter and her friend came home from school last week, gleefully regaling the silly things their sex education experts told them. The husband and wife team (who are, according to my daughter, “close to grandma’s age and wear matching outfits”) teach the children that girls have “penises, but you can call them she-nises.” Eliza, my fifth grader said she thinks the teacher may have used the word clitoris once but continued to talk about the female penis.
Dr. Epstein asks, “Was the reference to a penis supposed to make the girls feel better about themselves?”
The Death of the Alpha Male?
There is hope. We still have a few educational institutions that produce Alpha Males. The most notable is the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In the journal Public Discourse Trivius G. Caldwell in a column titled “A Wise Academy: The Un-Coddled American Minds at West Point” takes on the issue of “coddling.” Caldwell writes,
In a time when “safetyism” dominates many college campuses, the United States Military Academy at West Point can serve as a useful case study, offering important lessons in how to combat coddling in academia more broadly.
Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt in their book “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting up a Generation for Failure” list three great untruths:
- Emotional reasoning,
- And an us versus them mentality between students and faculty.
These three great untruths have created not only a generation of sissies but also a generation of Democrat socialists. We must remember that Nazi Germany did not start with gas chambers. It started with politicians dividing the German people with an “us vs them” mentality. It started with intolerance and hate speech and when the German people stopped caring, they became desensitized and turned a blind eye toward “the others.” Caldwell concludes,
“If we view our students as future contributing citizens and leaders, then our investment in them is an investment in our culture as a whole. The Great Untruths—fragility, emotional reasoning, and an us versus them mentality—exist largely because academic institutions tolerate them.”
Coddling produces girly men. Timid men, weak men and cowardly men who will not defend our nation let alone our culture. Today us versus them is being taught in our public and private schools, colleges and universities. We are creating a society where being a man is frowned upon. Perhaps it is time to revisit a November 1, 2012 article titled “25 Characteristics of An Alpha Male” by Chad Howse. House writes:
The Alpha Male, the real man, a man’s man, a warrior, a stand-up guy. It doesn’t matter what you call him, he’s a leader, the guy others look to for motivation, inspiration, and often with a hint of jealousy. He’s the man women want, without inention the center of attention.
Time to take the girly out of men.
EDITORS NOTE: Travius Caldwell Caldwell is an active duty Army officer. Previously, he served as Assistant Professor of English at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He earned a BA in English at Tuskegee University and an MA in Literary Studies at Auburn University. The featured photo is by Florentine Pautet on Unsplash.