Our society just isn't based on moderation. Clearly, we as a people, have a hard time differentiating between shades of gray. So when it comes to politics we have the staunch conservatives pandering to the religious right and the flaming liberals catering to the lowest common denominator. And so it goes between the battle of the sexes.
I think we all agree that the masculinity pendulum has been swinging wildly from side to side for several years now. And maybe it's because we view this as a battle for power between us and women. At least that appears to be the attitude of some men. Askmen.com issued the Rules for the New Menaissance this morning and, I seem to agree with the premise but really disagree with the proposed solution. For the life of me, I just don't see how we accomplish anything by downgrading the opposite sex.
For years, the modern male has been characterized as stupid, lazy, incompetent, and clueless. He has been told by banner-toting “equal rights” crusaders that his gender is no longer necessary. He has been called insensitive and sexist, a base jerk who thinks only with his private parts. He has been belittled, degraded and marginalized. In short, our sexist society (biased entirely toward women) has come to define modern masculinity as something inherently flawed because it is not feminine. Make no mistake: Our culture has slapped men in the face.
Asserting your independence means asserting your innate masculine strength, but this doesn’t give you a license to act like a jerk around women, degrade them or in any way treat them badly. Independent men can be nice to women without acting like pushovers; they can assert their manliness while still treating women with respect. But be careful: Many women interpret “nice” as ‘weak” (read: exploitable), so it’s imperative that you maintain a core of strength and put your foot down when she tries to take advantage of your good nature.
The time for the “Menaissance” has come. Although we have granted women their fair share of independence and “empowerment,” they still lack the common sense and emotional maturity to handle these newfound freedoms; it’s like giving a 10-year-old kid a credit card. So it’s up to men to take charge and lead the way. It’s up to us to take back our independence from the female gender. And once we do get it back, we can steer the way to a true equality between the sexes.
It seems like this approach will only lend itself to more of the same. If men are truly the superior sex as some suggest, maybe it's time to quit feeling threatened and actually "give up" a level of power to ensure that both sexes feel equal. The only way to ensure a stalemate is to ensure that both sides achieve equal balance. Or we can just continue to chase the pendulum.