What does it mean to “be a man”? It means choosing strength over weakness, courage over cowardice, resolution over self-pity. It means owning up to your responsibilities to yourself, to your family, and to your country. On college campuses, it means being politically incorrect:
Gettysburg College freshman James Goodman began his first moments of higher education by being lectured by campus leaders about “toxic masculinity,” he tells The College Fix in an interview.
Students who “identify as male” were shown a docudrama film about masculinity. The film, titled “The Mask You Live In,” was part of the lessons warning students that the notion of masculinity comes with harmful side effects, he said.
According to the trailer of the film, it teaches that the “three most destructive words” a boy can hear growing up is “be a man.”
At least it’s okay for a girl to be a man; to say otherwise would be transphobic.
The film includes these stern words of warning from psychiatrist James Gilligan:
“[W]hether it’s homicidal violence or suicidal violence, people resort to such desperate behavior only when they are feeling shame or humiliated, or feel they would be if they didn’t prove that they were real men.”
I wonder how much he charges patients per hour to tell them that holding themselves to standards that will allow them to respect themselves will make them commit suicide or become homicidal maniacs.
As he makes the comments, headlines reporting on suicides and murder-suicides flashed on screen.
Others headlines that peppered the trailer apparently link shooting massacres to masculinity; images included stories about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six staff members, and the shooting in Aurora, Colo., in which James Holmes killed 12 people inside a movie theater.
We knew it couldn’t have been the fault of the evil psychopaths who did the killing. At first we thought it was the guns. Now we know it was masculinity.
Following the film, student moderators drove home the bizarre imaginary connection between psychotic killers and “toxic masculinity.”
As the incoming freshman Goodman reports,
“The entire movie and lesson made it seem like masculinity was an unacceptable human trait.”
Then came skits to theatrically illustrate the correct attitude toward microaggressions, “gender identity issues,” and the Confederate flag.
Despite the outlandish tuition and fees charged by Gettysburg College, there is no indication that complimentary barf bags were provided.
On tips from Artfuldgr, Bodhisattva, and Steve A.