“Toxic masculinity is defined by adherence to traditional male gender roles that restrict the kinds of emotions allowable for boys and men to express, including social expectations that men seek to be dominant (the “alpha male”) and limit their emotional range primarily to expressions of anger.” — Wikipedia
I had to look up that definition because of the story I am sharing with you. Yes, I know, I could talk about the White House Correspondents Dinner. I could address Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu’s revelations about the Iranian nuclear program. However, we already know that Michelle Wolff’s performance was disgusting, appalling, and classless — fitting for the progressive socialist left who blames President Trump. As well, we all know that the Iranians have never been honest brokers about their nuclear program. But, hey, Barack Obama made sure they got billions of dollars.
Nah, no need to talk about those subjects, but there is something closer to home, part of the insidious culture war in which our Country is embroiled. It was just a week or so ago when I asked a question about the type of men my adopted state of Texas is raising. I asked the question as I commemorated the 182nd anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. And I answered that yep, Texas is still raising those resolute fighters for liberty. But, those kinda fellas are not being raised in some circles in the Lone Star State.
As reported by RedState:
“The University of Texas is facing ridicule after a new program called “MasculinUT” was announced in a way that insinuated it was treating masculinity as a mental health crisis.. The university has attempted to explain the program as simply an effort to “bring more men to the table to address interpersonal violence, sexual assault and other issues,” but the reality is that UT is still promoting a facetious connection between masculinity and assault and violence. When the program was originally announced, its stated goal was to help male UT students “take control over their gender identity and develop a healthy sense of masculinity.”
The program is also run by UT’s Counseling and Mental Health Center “[l]ike other UT programs related to sexual assault and interpersonal violence.” And the website’s stated “project goals and guiding principles” still focus on the idea that certain types of masculine emotions and traits are negative and connected to sexual assault and violence. For example, they are making an effort to “[p]romote an ethic of care for men and masculine-identified individuals who cannot escape expectations of masculinity,” “‘[e]ncourage a wider range of acceptable emotions,” and “[d]ecrease excessive competition and increase empathy.” On the page about “restrictive masculinity,” among the “traditional ideas of masculinity” that “place men into rigid (or restrictive) boxes” and pressure them to “emulate this ideal and prevent them from developing their emotional maturity” include being a bread winner, tough, active, strong, successful, standing up for themselves, being knowledgeable about sex, and being able to take care of people.”
Oh boy, where do I start with this? First of all, you can bet that here in the Lone Star State, all the Texas A&M students and graduates are making immense fun of the Texas Longhorns. As well, I think it is going to be really hard for Texas to recruit for its football team if they have a program that associates “masculinity” with mental health, illness, and prefer more emotional maturity instead of being tough, active, and strong. I expect next college football season we will see more University of Texas football players crying after football games. Man, the Oklahoma Sooners are going to have fun with this come the Red River Shootout. After all, this program wants to “decrease excessive competition,” boy howdy, that sounds great to all the other football teams in the Big 12.The left wants us to accept a clinically defined mental illness called gender dysphoria as normal, but classifies 'masculinity' as some form of mental health issue? Click To Tweet
Seriously, this is happening at the University of Texas, which is located in Austin, and in the county of Travis. Stephen F. Austin and Col. Wm. Barrett Travis — talk about two men who were tough, strong, stood up for themselves, liberty, and Texas. Today they would be classified as possessing “toxic masculinity” and perhaps needing counseling by way of this program to release their emotions, increase their empathy…doggone Sam Houston would be in trouble for killing all those Mexican Soldiers at San Jacinto!
Why is it that this wimp, wussy, whiner program seeks to associate “masculinity” with violence and sexual assault? Are they trying to promote the idea that being a man, as opposed to being a male, is synonymous with these abhorrent actions? What is wrong with men who want to be the “bread winner” in the family?
So, let me understand this; the progressive socialist left wants us to accept a clinically defined mental illness called gender dysphoria (transgenderism) as normal, but this program wants to classify “masculinity” as some form of mental health issue? What is it that the liberal progressive left prefers? Oh yeah, they do not want men…that has negative connotation, according to the University of Texas, Austin, and this program.
So, who defends our Nation? That’s right, we do not need men, since we are told that women can be in frontline Infantry and Special Operations units. We fellas, hey guys, we are all trapped. We are this delusional group now called “masculine-identified” according to the progressive socialist left.
And these are the people we want in charge of our Country? These are the people who want to “turn Texas Blue?” It appears to me this means they want to turn Texas men into a bunch of emasculated wussies.
Paula Cole once asked the question, “Where have all the Cowboys Gone?” Looks like that is the intent of this program at the University of Texas. Who would have thought it?
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.