In a PragerU video released earlier this week titled “Make Men Masculine Again,” CRTV host Allie Stuckey explains the vital importance of promoting masculinity and the consequences of vilifying it. She begins by laying out the most horrific behaviors exhibited by the worst of men: rape, murder, and war. Stuckey notes that these actions are the result of aggression, violence, and unchecked ambition, all features of “toxic masculinity.”
The solution offered by the radical feminists and postmodernists is to incessantly attack men, claiming that the only way to overcome the toxicity of men is to destroy their masculinity. This allows for men to be made more like women, ultimately creating a society that is more encouraging of women being men than men being men.
Stuckey argues that making men more like women results in more toxic masculinity, not less. “Bad men don’t become good when they stop being men, they become good when they stop being bad,” she explains. The most aggressive, violent, and disagreeable people in the world are virtually all men. They commit 95 percent of all homicides, with 79 percent of the victims being men. This tendency holds true across continents and cultures. Lest we think that we humans are somehow exempt from the forces of nature, the proclivity towards aggression, violence, and ambition is a natural aspect of the male psyche.
In chimpanzees, a species that we diverged from about seven million years ago and shares over 98 percent of our DNA, 92 percent of homicides are committed by males and 73 percent of the victims are males. The male inclination towards violence and aggression is a natural predisposition that can be dated back hundreds of millions of years to early crustaceans. Primitive male lobsters constantly competed with one another for food, territory, and mates. Sound familiar? The more successful lobsters improved their status on the social dominance hierarchy, while the defeated lobsters were relegated to lives of destitution and misery.
Clearly, the lobster and chimpanzee communities need a social uprising to fight the toxic masculinity that pervades their respective species.
Men are capable of great good and horrendous evil. This broad capacity is what makes men, for lack of a better word, men. The genocidal horrors of the 20th century were unanimously brought by evil men, showing the result of improperly developed masculinity. Whether Mao, Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Hirohito, Pol Pot, Castro, Guevara, or any other murderous dictator, the perils of mankind were instituted and carried out by men. However, these evils were met by perhaps the only thing more powerful than toxic masculinity: virtuous masculinity.
The Aristotelian conception of virtue is the balance between vices of deficiency and excess. Whether it’s the virtue of courage over the vices of rashness and cowardice, or virtuous masculinity represented as bravery and sacrifice over the dangerous vices of unhinged aggression and nihilistic apathy, the underlying importance of moral virtue remains paramount.
“The same masculine traits that bring destruction also defeat tyranny. The traits that foster greed also build economies. The traits that drive men to take foolish risks also drive men to take heroic risks. The answer to toxic masculinity isn’t less masculinity, it’s better masculinity.”
There’s a line in the movie American Sniper that encapsulates this perfectly. It says that there are three kinds of people in the world: wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs. The wolves, being the vicious creatures they are, prey on the weak. The sheep, incapable of defending themselves, are subjected to the unbridled tyranny of the wolves. At least this would be the case, if not for the sheepdogs, who act as the leaders, protectors, and providers. It’s a delicate balance that is constantly being challenged in the profound state of nature.
The malicious empires of the 20th century were defeated one by one. Nazi soldiers and Japanese imperialists—embodiments of toxic masculinity—were met by Allied forces (virtuous masculinity) fighting to replace tyranny with liberty and vice with virtue. Now this was no easy task, and the massive bloodshed makes it quite clear.
Sometimes the hardest things to do are the most important: A parent working three jobs to put food on the table, a soldier giving his life so that others may live theirs freely, God sacrificing His Son so that man may be saved and have eternal life, and so on. These things are only possible through immense sacrifice and struggle, both of which are integral components of virtuous masculinity.
There’s a Nickelodeon show called The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron that I loved as a kid. Every episode is essentially the same storyline manifested in a different plot. Jimmy Neutron is a boy genius who all too often takes his cognitive talent a step too far, creating some sort of problem that wreaks havoc on the city of Retroville. Jimmy, being the male he is, must find a way to solve the problem of his own making before it destroys everything. Inevitably, Jimmy succeeds in his quest to save Retroville in each episode—because let’s face it, we all love a happy ending—but this certainly isn’t the case in the real, non-animated world. The Jimmy that creates these problems suffers from chronic toxic masculinity, but when it comes time to lead and protect the citizens of Retroville from imminent danger, his virtuous masculinity saves the day.
Perhaps this is too convenient, plugging in virtuous masculinity only when the outcome is good. It’s a fair critique, but I’d offer that virtue, like life, is more about the process than simply the outcome. The process of your actions putting others in danger is toxic, by definition. The process of rectifying your actions by first admitting you’re responsible for them and then seeking to overcome your mistakes for the benefit of others, well that’s about as virtuous as it gets.
The destruction of masculinity has diminished the crucial role of fathers, a severe issue that most harms children who grow up in fatherless homes. These children perform worse in school, are more depressed, have much higher incarceration, teen pregnancy, and poverty rates than their peers who grow up with a father in the home.
It’s not about tearing down masculinity and potentially allowing something far worse to take its place, as this was the mistake of the French revolutionaries in the 18th century. Weak men are merely enablers for wicked men, so we must recognize the necessity of cultivating virtue in boys so that they become men who are leaders, protectors, and providers.
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