A Vindication of the Responsibilities of Men
After contemplating the historic roles of men in society, a sense of embarrassment and shame comes across every fiber of my being when I consider what men have become. Upon viewing countless films, reading countless books, and hearing countless messages from our culture today, a consistently recurring theme can be found: that men and women are no different, and as such should have no differences in duties. This has resulted in raising up a crop of spineless males who dither about in indecisiveness and refuse to take up the mantle of maturity, preferring to keep to their childish ways. For centuries, men were as giant redwoods, growing tall to protect those for whom they were responsible, but now they are strangled from birth, choked by the weeds of societal messages affirming their absolute individuality, assuring they answer to none but themselves. As now I look about at my fellow men, I see a weakened breed, lurking in the mires of self-pleasure and reliance on others.
The major player in instituting this absurd degradation, I feel, is a feminism gone haywire. A movement with fair and noble beginnings, it all too quickly gathered more momentum and power than was healthy, and began to steamroll past the boundaries of equality. While it may be true that it has only continued because the sexist discrimination continues to some degree, we must consider that we humans are imperfect, and most every imperfection will exist to some degree. Now due to this extended growth, the ugly head of feminism has torn apart the social norms of men, trampled any sense of differentiation of roles, and left in the dust a sense of chivalry. Any sign of men taking the lead is met with scoffs, distaste, and mistrust, and any women who is subdued respectfully to her husband is jeered and scorned.
This is not, however, to say that I decry the leadership of women, nor do call for a halt of equality measures. Often my views will be chastised and dismissed by this point, and so I shall take an effort to address it as clearly as I can. The equality of men and women is something I endorse, but equality does not mean equivalency. To fairly treat women, not to discriminate, and to realize their full potential, this is admirable, but to blindly say that there are no basis for finding differences between the sexes is an obstinate view. In the work of nature, women since the beginning of time have had a keen instinct for nurturing their youth, and just so men have had the duty to protect and lead. By no means am I calling for a subduing of women once more, but only that we give proper respect to the roles with which they are naturally aligned.
In ignoring these natural virtues, we have come to idolize the all-encompassing doctrine of complete tolerance, essentially saying that a man who whimpers at the slightest adversity is as justified in his response as that man who takes a stand. And see how eager modern men are to accept this! For the natural born desires are ones of laziness and selfishness, and the unlearned man would much rather cultivate these than learn to grow and mature. We are given ideals in males who are bashful, emotional, and all-around uninspiring, and therefore we justify our own shortcomings.
No, I say this is not acceptable. Men must learn to once more take a stand, become the leaders of our generation. This unabashed call to mediocrity deadens our society, leading to a chaotic collapse of established order. To prevent this is my call, and to exceed those heroes of our past. When I call men to once more lead, I expect more of us than those heroes of ancient days. Do not mistake my rally as that of one which merely calls for the pure saturation of masculinity, but rather one who encompasses all that is noble. Build up the strength of Hercules, but also the cunning of Odysseus, the bravery of Sampson but also the Wisdom of Solomon. Once more lead your families with honor, strength, and fairness, for leadership is not pigheadedness, but fortitude, courage, and humanity.
This is a charge to earn back our respect, not petition for it. We must prove that we, as men, are worthy to be leaders, not to forcefully become boorish dictators. Respect the rights of women, and they will acknowledge the role of men. As you discard the idealized overemotional man, do not mistake this as a departure from sensitivity, but rather a re-prioritized role of emotion. Hold empathy and emotion close to your heart, but let wisdom guide your steps; serve others before yourself, but never lose self-respect.