Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: Boys are boys; girls are girls; always the twain shall *wink*wink*nudge*nudge*
First, a little mood music:
An interesting intersection of man-hating feminists and grammar NAZIs, as Fred Schwarz notes:
“[W]hen I recently saw the headline ‘”Can I put my hand there?”: New York law changes the rules of the college hook-up,’ my first reaction was (you guessed it): ‘Shouldn’t that be “May I”?’ In the current climate, one can easily imagine an irresolute libertine with editorial experience saying yes to ‘Can I?’ and then explaining in court: ‘I merely confirmed that he was able to put his hand there, not that I consented to his doing so.’ The idea of a sex lawyer doesn’t seem so far-fetched after all . . .”
Such insanity that is overtaking Western Civilization seems to be producing dire, and deadly, results:
“This is the battle cry of the narcissist, and we’ve heard it before. Western societies are producing more and more of these Lost Boys, the fail-to-launch young men who carry weighty social grudges. Some of them kill, but others lash out in other, more creative ways…
“How does this happen? Well, to steal a phrase from Sen. Elizabeth Warren: we built that. We, the adults, have made this generation of young men by allowing, over the course of some 40 years, the eventual construction of a hyper-sexualized, publicity-obsessed, winner-take-all twenty-first-century culture in which success means money, sex, and fame at any cost. Young males no longer live in a world where there’s a Jack for every Jill, or where social institutions like schools, the police, churches, or the military—all decimated by repeated social attack since the 1960s—provide some kind of equalizing effect among men, protecting and building up the weaker boys while disciplining and maturing the stronger ones.
“The result is that today American youth, and especially the males, live in a kind of ‘Lord of the Flies’ domain where the Wild Boys act without restraint and the weak kids fall off the ledge, without even a noble Ralph to mourn them. The already-anarchic environment of adolescence has been turned completely toxic by the absence of responsible adults and especially of male role models. In the jungle, the strong and aggressive rule, and in that world, the losers, the “kind of a loner” geeks, the misfits, feel they have no place.”
Much of this insanity could be avoided if we just accept biological reality:
“Men’s and women’s ideas of the perfect mate differ significantly due to evolutionary pressures, according to a cross-cultural study on multiple mate preferences by psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.
“While this study’s conclusions seems pretty obvious to anyone who has men and women among his or her acquaintances it will, no doubt, shock many who insist that, against all evidence, that Bruce Jenner is now a woman. It also seems to indicate that in that bygone era when privileged young women attended elite women’s colleges to pursue an MRS degree, that they were responding to basic evolutionary instinct rather than being oppressed by the patriarchy. It also explains why, as society eliminates ambition and job opportunities for men, so many women never marry.”