“Moronic Manhood” at Ethika Politika

“Moronic Manhood” at Ethika Politika June 2, 2014

My essay on manhood at Ethika Politika is something I’ve wanted to write for many, many years. In it, I try to expose what I find to be a rather clumsy and insulting (but sometimes hilarious) caricature of manhood that is very popular in some of the Catholic circles I run in.

Here’s an excerpt:

Yes, I want to become a better father, son, husband, and friend, to man and woman alike, as the man that I am, but I’m not sure that I need to watch Braveheart on repeat to do it or keep up with the latest motivational self-help being sold as an antidote. I sometimes wonder if being a “real man” is simply a matter of reading and retreating a lot about it. I certainly don’t need to watch Michael Voris or read Matt Walsh as they wax at head-nodding fans, feeding them as one might feed ducks in a park, showing their strongest and most visible virtues: smug certainty and preachy self-confidence.

Read the whole thing here.

I should add one last detail. Many of these “manhood” experts tend to be not only smug simpletons, like Voris and Walsh, a few of them have turned out to be quite hostile and rather angry in general. I’ll never forget seeing one such famous manhood author and priest yelling at a fellow conference team member in front of the attendees, for throwing a football. This sort of rage is idiotic and inexcusable and can only add to the many reason why we live in such a cultural morass.


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