Toxic Masculinity? America's Universities Turning Men Into Women

Are manly men a thing of the past?
Are manly men a thing of the past? (Courtesy)

Universities across the fruited plain are trying to convince men to grow lady parts. And that's a problem, America.

Campus Reform recently reported on efforts to provide "safe spaces" to fight back against what the academic world calls "toxic masculinity."

Instead of a country full of manly men, our universities want a nation full of Pajama Boys.

Oregon State University is hosting a "health masculinities conference." Students will "engage in collective imagining to construct new futures for masculinities, unrestricted by power, privilege and oppression."

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Brown University has a program titled, "Masculinity 101"—for "students who identify as men," Campus Reform reports.

Get a load of the course description for "Unlearning Toxic Masculinity": "Men will often resort to violence to resolve conflict because anger is the only emotion that they have been socialized to express. Unfortunately, the way that young men are conditioned to view sex and their need to be dominant and have power over others also contributes to instances of sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence on college campuses."

In the hit Broadway musical My Fair Lady, Professor Henry Higgins laments in a song, "Why can't a woman be more like a man?" Today, Professor Higgins might be singing a different tune, "Why can't a man be more like a woman?"

Could you imagine the Greatest Generation flitting about town after a spa and dishing about their innermost thoughts with life coaches?

In today's re-engineered version of manhood, guys no longer have friends—they have bromances, and they settle disputes by hugging it out.

Men's magazines are now filled with articles like, "Should a Man Show Nipple?" and "What Men Know about Wearing Eyeliner." A survey by AskMen.com found that 20 percent of men have no problem wearing makeup.

In my book, "Dispatches From Bitter America," I pondered these developments.

Can you imagine John Wayne using moisturizer and a concealer stick to hide razor nicks? Would today's version of The Godfather accessorize with Dolche Gabana while settling "family" business with group hugs?

A few years ago, I conducted an unscientific poll to determine what the average American woman looks for in a man.

The poll results were not all that surprising. Ladies want a man who loves God and loves his family. They also want a man who, in no particular order:

1. Has a job,

2. Drives a pickup truck,

3. Uses the bathroom standing up,

4. Eats meat

5. And is willing to carry them out of a burning building.

In other words, they want the kind of man made in God's image, not the image of some effeminate intellectual stuffed in skinny jeans sipping chai tea with his pinky finger extended.

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