Segments of the extreme left are actively seeking the destruction of both masculinity and femininity. How else are we supposed to interpret the exhaustive list of preferred gender pronouns, the societal shaming of successful men and stay at home mothers, while anyone who spits in the face of “gender norms” is lauded a hero?
We’re now told by our cultural betters on the left, men can lactate and bear children (nope), women can be “just as physically strong as men” (nuh uh), and though “diversity” is a valued trait above all others, we’re all just the same. To the left, genders are interchangeable. To the left, certain masculinity is “toxic” and femininity is best expressed by the patriarchy when the patriarchy isn’t holding it back. Here’s looking at you, Caitlyn Jenner.
Context: today the Boy Scouts abandoned the term “Boy” so as to allow everyone to enter “the scouts.” I was never a Girl Scout — I wasn’t interested in what the Girl Scouts had to offer. Sounds like I wasn’t alone: some girls are interested in learning what the boys are learning. Useful life skills that don’t involve standing outside Albertsons trying to guilt people into a carb and sugar binge. Fine. But couldn’t there be a new troupe for those girls who wanted to learn what the boys were learning while still being part of an all girl brigade?
Of course not. The solution wasn’t to open up a new wing for girls who wanted to do more than peddle Peppermint Patties. The solution was to dismantle the Boy Scouts’ safe space to allow girls to enter.
Perhaps this merging of the scouts was as innocent as putting boys and girls in the same classroom at school. Despite boys and girls learning differently. Regardless of its intent, merging the scouts isn’t a one off. It’s the rule, not the exception, to thrust boys and girls together. To continue assuming the genders are equal, and “equal” to the left means “the same.”
But we’re not the same. We’re men. We’re women. We’re male. We’re female. We’re special in our masculinity. We’re special in our femininity. Neither should be punished, neither is better than the other. Differences =/= inequality.
All this probably sounds obvious to you. The war on boys is only growing stronger every day. As transwomen browbeat women on what it means to be a real lady.
The question is not if there’s a war, but why.
Here’s my theory: masculinity and femininity have value. They’re special. Necessary, even, to a functioning culture and society. Not only do both men and women need each other, societies need men and women to be men and women. Not just for the procreation of the species. There’s much more to both men and women than simply popping out and raising offspring. Men and women provide much needed balance to each other. There’s more than just a biological reason there are two sexes. We are different from each other for multiple purposes, the reasons of which are too numerous to name in one OpEd. You may say that’s a copout. Fine.
Note I’ve not defined what “masculinity” and “femininity” are. Because definitions for both are broad by necessity; individual men and women are special for being individuals. Much to a leftist’s misunderstanding, a masculine man needn’t be a roid-shooting bro flexing his guns in a gym anymore than a feminine lady needs to be a small-waisted pixy baking pies she clearly doesn’t eat, barefoot and in the kitchen.
But that’s what the left wants us to believe. That somehow masculine and feminine are out-dated notions to be shelved with gender roles. That each is somehow confining and limiting, rather than freeing. And the only way to be free is to be free of labels. Specifically traditional labels. Labels like “man” and “woman.” For each contains some kind of connotation the left cannot stomach. All boiling down to innate, biological differences. And to the left, differences = inequality.
Masculinity and femininity, therefore, should be put away and studied by future generations. Students all huddled together in the same classroom, wearing gender neutral uniforms, all taught that sameness is better, that sameness is equality, and equality is the gold standard of life.
The opposite is actually true. But in a culture which punishes greatness, or what is special and makes someone special, anything which defines someone must be squashed. For whenever someone is someone else isn’t. Those who are masculine are not feminine and vice versa. The dichotomy cannot be tolerated in a society of sameness. In a collective of one obedient unit.
And now that battle for sameness is coming for our most basic drives. What makes us men and what makes us women. What we value in each other. The left seeks the destruction of our innate values so something more “equal” can be erected in their place.
~Written by Courtney Kirchoff