The so-called “War on Boys” is not a “victim” crime any more than the “Sexual Revolution” directly hurt girls who were silly enough to plunge into it’s dangerous waters. No one thinks you should feel sorry for the “victims” of this war, for having too much fun, and I wouldn’t encourage it. Rather, like all follies of the Left, these movements served to corrode our culture and to corrupt our virtue. No one has been untouched. We have all suffered as a result.
To take just one indicator, surveys of global happiness (by Pew Global, for instance), consistently show that people in Latin America are far happier than America or Europe, the bastions of feminism and leftism. In the happiest spot of the American/European sphere, Denmark, permanent use of anti-depressants has exceeded 40% of the entire population. The hundreds of millions of children killed by abortion genocide in these unhappy countries are, not coincidentally, unavailable to take the happiness survey.
The war on boys didn’t start in 1974, but it was the year Marlo Thomas debuted her child propaganda masterpiece “Free to Be … You and Me,” which aired on ABC March 11th of that year. Remember Marlo? I do. I remember her as the happy face pasted on top of everything that was wrong with America in 1974, covering up a grotesque and disturbing reality that even an 11-year-old could identify. She was, and continues to be, a decent person, just like I’m sure that Jane Fonda is basically a decent person. But both have done tremendous damage to the fabric of our culture.
Just yesterday, Kyle Smith of the New York Post wrote a reflective piece about “Free to Be …” and how it was a low-point in the emasculation of men:
The show, which is of course unwatchable today except perhaps in states with generous attitudes toward self-medication such as Colorado and Washington, was an hour-long special that meant to tell little girls they could be anything they wanted, and little boys they could be anything they wanted too, provided that what they wanted was to be girls.
Today, not much has changed. At least, not in a good way. As Tammy Bruce pointed out yesterday in her interview with Breitbart’s AWR Hawkins:
Look, there is a culture through the left that wants to emasculate the nation as a whole. It’s through the military, of course, you see Obama trying to do that, as well. We see it through what’s happening in education. Political correctness itself was meant to end the notion that we could have direct conversations, that we could be ambitious, that we could be our own people.
Men are seen, of course, by the feminist movement and by the left who are led by the same individuals as those with the feminist-movement mentality. And they see the best way to emasculate the nation–certainly to cut it off at its knees–is to start with the children. And the biggest threat there are little boys.
If you can change the mentality of little boys, train them from an early age to not be who they are–and that’s, of course, what the left’s general attitude is for everyone in this country… Ironically, I think the most difficult people to train in that way are little boys.
She was talking in response to numerous recent events in which young boys have been charged and suspended from school for making hand gestures that resemble guns. She adds:
It’s obscene. It’s an obscene attempt to effectively brainwash an entire generation. We see this in fascism all the time, but in America the absurdity is that we do it in the name of saving the children. We effectively lie to people to get the same dynamic in.
It is a truly grotesque effort to create a society of frightened people.
UPDATE: Amazing response to the #BanBossy movement by Matt Walsh.