Bill Bennett went on James Dobson’s radio show to promote his new book about manhood and the two of them shared their concerns about the alleged death of manhood in America and pointed their manly fingers at feminists and gay people:
Dobson: You’re concerned about manhood today, aren’t you?
Dobson: Especially in the Western world, we’ve forgotten what it means to be a man. And we’re not teaching our boy’s to be men. Why?
Bennett: That’s exactly right, because…moral relativism, the notion that there’s no right and wrong, who’s to say? The dizzying array of signals, the gay culture, which has confused an awful lot of boys, the message is there.
Dobson: The feminist movement has just hammered away at what manhood means.
Bennett: The feminist movement, remember Gloria Steinem, ‘a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.’ If you put on TV, if you go to the universities, if you check the popular culture, there is not a consistent message to boys about what it means to be a man, and as a result they’re confused.
I think someone should arrange a conversation between these two and a few gay Marines so they can tell them how unmanly they are. Not because a Marine is any more masculine than a non-Marine, of course, but because these clueless dolts undoubtedly see that as some sort of macho prototype. The notion that there is, or should be, a single definition of “manhood” is ridiculous. And if one has to oppose equality for women in order to be manly, count me out.