It's easy to find venomous attitudes that masquerade as manhood but that are mostly a mask for resentment. Turn on talk radio, scan Twitter, look at the spectacle in the streets of American cities and at the podiums and lecterns of small towns. We're told all that noise is manhood, but it's suspiciously frail, fearful, and weak.
Saw somewhere that loads of soviets soldiers didn’t wear helmets because it was “unmanly.” Is that legit? Because now I have a full soviet army for bolt action wearing helmets and don’t want them looking like dicks 😂 pic.twitter.com/T1eTA57tvx
— Socialist Swann 🦢 (@SocialistSwann) January 2, 2021
Manhood can't be conferred by a group. Political factions, cults, gangs, militias—these don't make us men. They're distractions. There's no store-bought manhood. Some kid who shoots up a protest hasn't graduated into being a man; he's failed at it.
#OTD in 1861 Wilhelm I became King of Prussia after the death of his brother Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Nicknamed 'the flounder', the latter's reputation as podgy, hesitant and unmanly meant that people welcomed the dawn of a 'New Era'. In 1871 Wilhelm became the first German Kaiser. pic.twitter.com/5SBwEfj3Dh
— Katja Hoyer (@hoyer_kat) January 2, 2021
Nor is manhood a bundle of anger and resentment while ridiculing all other emotions as not tough enough. We can be tough AND unscrew our emotional life. Finally, denigrating women isn't a masculine calling card. Men who do that are weak, afraid, and faking it in the name of the rest of us.
I'm tired of reading comments about #SupermanAndLois where people either call the new Superman unmanly or call the new Lois unattractive. I'm looking forward to the show & think it'll be great. Haters can just take a hike.
— Mike Allman (@Supergirlboard) December 30, 2020
We don't have to go LOOKING for our manhood to prove it. All of that suggests a dearth of community that went out with the neighborhood pub. So we're here to create some genuine community—to put the pub back in our neighborhood.