Quoting Quiverfull: Reexamining Traditional Gender Roles Emasculates Men?

Quoting Quiverfull: Reexamining Traditional Gender Roles Emasculates Men? March 11, 2014

from Ladies Against Feminism – “Free To Be… You and Me” Emasculated Men

Nineteen seventy-four was a grim year in the history of the Republic. An embargo had quadrupled the price of oil and touched off an energy crisis so severe that the state of Oregon banned Christmas lights as wasting energy. The president of the United States seemed to have taken part in a criminal conspiracy that would soon lead to his resignation.

And on television, things were really dire: that year saw the debut of “Free to Be . . . You and Me.”

“Free to Be . . . You and Me” was a piece of Ms. Foundation-produced feminist propaganda disguised as entertainment for children that first appeared on ABC 40 years ago this week, on March 11, 1974. It drew big ratings, leading to platinum status for an associated album, a bestselling book and many repeat airings of the show.

Billionaire “Lean In” author Sheryl Sandberg praised “Free to Be” and says she plays the album for her children. Its star and developer, Marlo Thomas (of the sitcom “That Girl”), accurately said last year in a blog post that the show “became a coined phrase — a cultural touchstone — that spoke of the times in which we lived.”

And what times they were! Times of hokey “message” entertainment, singing jocks, humorless cartoons and revolting sweaters.

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  • Trollface McGee

    Ok, so it’s cheesy – not as bad as the cartoon LotR but hey it was the 70s.
    As far as it “emasculating” men – nothing emasculates men by making them perpetual children who can’t take responsibility for their actions of bodily functions and can’t do basic things like clean the house or change a baby.
    And I love how the first comment is complaining about secular “brainwashing.” I guess if it’s not your brand of brainwashing, it’s bad.

  • I remember we had the record album, but didn’t see the TV show. We only had three channels back then! I loved the song “It’s All Right to Cry” and wished it were really true. My parents thought it was all right to cry– but the reality in 1974 (I was 10) was, don’t get caught doing it in grade school, whether you’re a boy OR a girl!

  • $190147

    And what times they were! Times of hokey ‘message’ entertainment, singing jocks, humorless cartoons and revolting sweaters.

    1. Hokey message entertainment. Okay, well. That’s kind of a thing for all seasons. It never goes out of style and, oddly, other the other hand, it never really comes into style either. It’s always hovering between two ferns, so to speak, if you want to label one of the ferns “Dreadfully Earnest” and the other “Downscale Ironic”. There are people who even somewhat like hokey message entertainment, and I’m one of them. My favorite form is those short monitory films they used to show in school when I was a weensy little kid. They were made with the objective of demonstrating to weensy little kids that it’s stupid to do stupid things. (Needless to say, given the subject, they were stupid films.) What would happen in these films (mostly they were black and white, but not always) is that somebody would do something stupid and then be hit with a punishment all out of proportion to the offense. Like, for example, a girl would try LSD and then end up in the mental ward for the rest of her life after writhing in a hospital tied to a gurney for a couple of years (that one was in color). I also liked the ones about the disfigured victims of car crashes, who were supposed to illustrate the dangers of driving too fast. Oh yes, hokey message entertainment definitely has its charms. Sometimes I wonder whether my weakness for it is the reason for my interest in Fundagelical culture. Maybe.

    2. Singing jocks? But didn’t they have those in the 1890’s too? Muscular Christianity and all that?

    3. Humorless cartoons. Okay, I admit that Homer Simpson is dull and that Ned Flanders is prissy. But that was the nineties, not the seventies, so the allusion is about twenty years off.

    4. Revolting sweaters. Okay, I admit (again) that Dr. Huxtable’s sweaters were pretty eye-wearing, though I, myself, would not call them “revolting.” (Tastes differ.) But this time the allusion is off by only ten years and not twenty, as The Cosby Show belonged to the eighties, not the seventies, so I suppose that’s an improvement.

  • Nea

    nothing emasculates men by making them perpetual children who can’t take responsibility


  • KarenH

    Any male type person who feels emasculated simply by women existing and being who they are has essentially given up any right to a claim of “manhood.”

  • Allison the Great

    Two things:
    1. Gender roles are stupid. Period. It’s unrealistic and unhealthy to expect people to force themselves to fit into gender stereotypes that are impossible to fit into. Gender roles are determined by cultures, societies, and what’s going on at the time. If I had to force myself to be like Jane Bennett from Pride and Prejudice (not the badass ninja Jane Bennet from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, not that one) I’d end up in a clock tower with a gun. It’s not me. Sorry, but that would not work with me without causing a serious mental breakdown. My neck is twitching just thinking about it. I’d be Jack Nicholson from The Shining in 2 weeks.
    2. There is something seriously wrong with the men who are involved in this Quiverful movement if their entire self-worth hinges on whether or not women act like idiotic doormats whenever these men are around. Seriously, get some therapy for that shit. If your widdle feewings get hurt just because I’m not going to pretend to be stupid and worship you, that’s not my problem, Pussy Boy, it’s yours.
    And how STUPID must these women over at LAF be to fall for that shit, seriously?

  • Nea

    Never underestimate the fear some women have of shifting for themselves in the world. Phyllis S. went on and on about how ERA would take womens’ “privileges” — as if most women don’t have the “privileges” that she was terrified of losing.

  • Nightshade

    ‘Gender roles are stupid.’ Exactly!

  • Allison the Great

    I cannot stand Phyllis S. She bitches and complains about feminism but look how successful she is. She RUNS Eagle Forum. She has a law degree. None of this would be possible without the feminist movement. She needs to shut the fuck up!

  • Silver

    The sad thing is that this was a repost of a New York Post article. This sort of nonsense I expect from LAF, but I am disappointed to see the Post once again sink so low.

  • Astrin Ymris

    With all their concern about men being “emasculated”, it seems that the entire Christian Patriarchy Movement is fueled by castration anxiety.

  • centaurie

    Isn’t the New York Post a right-wing paper? I read either the Washington Post or the New York Times, both still considered leftist propaganda machines by those same right-wingers….(even though those last 2 also have their low moments)

  • Jewel

    The horror! The unmitigated horror! I can’t believe they showed “filth” like this on TV back in the 1970’s!! Oh, my god, a boy wanting a doll! He may learn to be a tender and compassionate father one day, and won’t expect his wife to do 100% of the childcare and nurturing. Oh, the horror!

    I wonder what the ladies at LAF would think of my little bro who grew up in the 1970’s playing with my dollhouse with me (and I played with his Hot Wheels with him). My parents never had a conniption fit about this, and he actually grew up to be a very masculine 6’5″ bodybuilder. And he’s great with kids. Must be a cover for his homosexual tendencies which came about from my parents allowing him to play with my dollhouse.

    Oh, those decadent ’70s!!!

  • Jewel

    I still see plenty of singing jocks in stupid commercials even now in the 21st century. Didn’t know that was a 70’s thing! 🙂

  • Silver

    I did not realize it was conservative- to be honest I have been so turned off by some of their sensationalistic stories that I stopped paying attention to them a while ago. When I turn to newspapers I tend to grab the Boston Globe or the Times- I guess I’m an incorrigible pinko liberal 😉

  • centaurie

    🙂 I did a double take too, but I’ve been skimming over rightwing-blogs often e,ough to spot the source.
    And yeah quality of their articles is really going downhill thelast few years. I’ve started to look for alternatives, so thanks for the suggestions!