A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
happened to real men? If that question leaves you a little stunned, a
little off balance, a little peeved, a tad amused, or even a little
angry, then I MAY have made my point, already!
Our 21st century American society is so screwed-up today that, honestly, I don't think we even know what a REAL man is anymore.
Today we have at least three kinds of males: heterosexual, homosexual, and metrosexual.
think we understand the first two well enough, at least, for the
purposes of this "diatribe." So, let's look at the metrosexual because I
fear that is the genus of males that is really screwing up the world
view of what a REAL man is these days.
When you "Google" metrosexual the following seems to be the agreed upon definition, at least on the Internet:
is a neologism, derived from metropolitan and heterosexual, coined in
1994 describing a man (especially one living in an urban,
post-industrial, capitalist culture) who is especially meticulous about
his grooming and appearance, typically spending a significant amount of
time and money on shopping as part of this. The term is popularly
thought to contrast heterosexuals who adopt fashions and lifestyles
stereotypically associated with homosexuals, although, by the definition
given by the originator, a metrosexual "might be officially gay,
straight or bisexual."
For a shining example of a
metrosexual male one only has to look as far as the Oval Office of the
White House today. At least that is my opinion.
It is also my opinion that metrosexuals are not much use to anyone. They are sort of like drones -- except LESS useful.
is also unfortunate, in my view, that they are able to, occasionally,
aid in the reproduction of another human being with a roughly
fifty-fifty chance of producing another male who, after years of
instruction and indoctrination, will become another adult metrosexual
male further reducing the role of contributing males in American society
and intensifying the weak strain of masculine DNA in the approximately
three billion chemical base pairs of the American genome.
It is said that today women do not want real men as mates. What they really want is another sensitive female for a "husband." Enter -- the metrosexual.
blame the women's feminist movement for destroying men. Feminists have
taken the role of men upon themselves. I must tell you as a man
myself, women acting and sounding like men is not becoming, in the
least, to me, anyway.
These ladies, er, women,
will tell you they don't need men. OK. That's fine. But women of such a
mind set should realize that men, sure as hell, don't need them,
when the movies actually had male actors who not only portrayed real
men, and were, in fact, real men, real man roles were far more easily
defined on screen and off. This was also before the day of the feminist
John Wayne was the supreme example of what being a
real man looked like on screen. Fortunately, according to those who
knew him personally, he was the same man off screen. Then there was
Gary Cooper, James Cagney, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Robert
Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, Sean Connery, Charlton Heston, Lee Marvin, and
a few others who wore their masculinity without apology.
Try coming up with a short list like that today. I'm thinking Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, ..., ..., uh, gimme a few minutes.
Oh well, moving right along ...
Consider this from Wilbur Smith at the Daily Mail, a UK newspaper:
world has changed. Today, men are afraid to say what they think, to
stand up for their beliefs, to fight for what has become an
unfashionable cause. Women’s rights have been the great driver of so
many social changes in the past 40 years. But what about men’s rights?
One of the worst inventions of the 20th century was political correctness.
has forced a generation of males to keep their masculinity under wraps.
It has made millions of men too timid to admit their true views about
the world. It’s not fashionable to be a macho man today, is it?
the concept of a ‘hero’ is not politically correct. In this new climate
of supposed equality, uniformity is to be treasured above the
outstanding." SOURCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1376688/Wayne-Rooney-Whatever-happened-real-men.html#ixzz2ajftNzW6
Now a few words from an insightful lady at "Coffee Talk Mom."
happened to the real men? The men who make decisions (leader), lock the
doors at night (protector), check the oil in all of the cars (thinker).
I have a feeling that we "do it all" moms are kicking ourselves in the
butt! After all, our controlling natures have taken away the very
essence of who men really are…What do you expect from your man? Maybe we
need to be better with the quick communication skills men have." SOURCE: http://www.coffeetalkmom.com/my-blog/2011/09/whatever-happened-to-real-men.html
It seems humans need role models. Boys need men to teach them how to be men, and not perpetual boys. And the real men role models just aren't there today. Now, in 2013, you see, we idolize wimps and sissies.
happened to testosterone? You know -- the hormone that gets things
done! Now we are cursed with a new ailment called "Low-T."
just read that the military is going to have to redesign its uniforms
to fit the female form ... tucked in at the waist, let out at the
buttocks. There's goes the army.
The question is, I believe,
what does all this mean for our country? For the answer, simply look
about you. We are a nation in indisputable decline. We are leaderless. Our
Congress is pathetic, our President is a metrosexual, our military has
just been feminized, and we are preparing to elect a woman as the next
President of the United States. There is NO LIGHT at the end of the
I hear it referred to as the "New Normal" in America. Believe me. It's NOT NEW and it's NOT NORMAL! What it is -- is a perversion of the natural order. (A
normal society does not place its women in harm's way intentionally.
It is they who reproduce life and perpetuate the species. A normal
society protects them at all costs ... even when they don't want to be
defended -- or think they don't.) It is an abberation.
It is an abberation that has already cost America its leadership role
on the world stage and has us a fair distance down the slippery slope to
becoming a third world country.
Real men would not have allowed placing women in combat roles in the US military. But then, real men in positions of leadership in America would not have allowed the country to decline as it has.
Yeah, I'm old, and I am a romantic in the sense that I am idealistic and, some would say, unrealistic. But I long for a return to the days when men were men -- and the women were glad of it.
© J. D.Longstreet