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The Art of Manliness

June 29, 2009

The Art of Manliness

The top post on this blog right now is about adventure stories. If you’re wishing there were real men’s magazines being published today, as opposed to mangina rags, this blog looks like a good substitute.


July 2, 2008

The New Chivalry

The feminists came along and said that chivalry was condescending, that women were to be viewed as equals in all things and that social codes dictating otherwise were anachronistic. They told boys to treat girls as they would boys, and girls were taught to view a man’s sacrificial behavior as a sign of utter contempt. This explains why some men have encountered hear—me—roar types who considered the men’s attempt to hold a door for them an affront. Ah, the fruits of feminism: female egos as bloated as they are fragile.

So, the great white knight of chivalry is supposed to be dead, slain by the feminist dragon of androgyny. And although he lives on in the stout hearts of the last hard men (no, not the movie), I must confess, the new, egalitarian norms are not entirely without appeal. The idea of a bevy of shrieking feminists going down with the ship has a certain desirable equality to it.

In light of the above, one might be inclined to eulogize that much maligned knight in shining armor and let him rest in peace. After all, double—standards in the treatment of the sexes are a thing of the past… or so they say. You see, while that old chivalry’s habitat has been denuded, relegating it to a few pristine bastions of traditionalism, it has not left a void. It has been replaced. Replaced by a new chivalry.

What is the new chivalry? Like the old chivalry, the new version involves social codes and social pressure to enforce them, but also much, much more. The new chivalry has also been written into law; it is embodied by affirmative—action and set—aside programs that favor women, and by legislation such as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which now serves as a vehicle through which to empower and fund feminist groups. We see the new chivalry in police domestic violence procedures that automatically place the onus on men and in family courts that are biased against them.

Most of all, though, there are the aforementioned social codes. The new chivalry is all around us, only, it has become so much a part of the fabric of the culture that many of us don’t even sense it. It’s manifested in the commercials that will portray men but never women as buffoons, and in a media and popular culture that use violence against men to evoke laughs while sanctimoniously admonishing against the acceptance of same against women.

We also see it in demeaning jokes, sentiments and symbols (such as the ‘All Men Are Bastards’ kitchen knife block sold online) that are always XY—specific. What is often far less transparent is the constant carrying of water for feminist causes, a practice that runs the gamut from overt advocacy to the most subtle forms of shilling. And lest you wonder why I label this ‘the new chivalry,’ be not bemused. For all the incessant blather about equality, despite all the preaching and posturing and perturbation to tradition, I can hear a little voice in the background, whispering, ever so softly, like butterfly wings, ‘Take it easy on her . . . she’s only a girl.’

Heroic 11-year-old boy

March 26, 2008

Heroic boy’s death sparks thin-ice warning

Toronto police are warning people to stay off ice after a young boy died trying to rescue his friend from a frozen pond.

“Parents should be telling their children to stay away from ice,” said Const. Gary Gibson is with the Toronto police marine unit. “The only safe ice is ice in a rink.”

The 11-year-old boy died in hospital Sunday night after he tried to pull his 15-year-old friend from a pond in north Scarborough. His friend was in critical condition Monday. Family members requested the boys’ names not be released.

A heroic boy

March 10, 2008

Coroner praises heroic boy

A coroner has praised a 12-year-old boy who died saving the life of his older brother.
Christopher Vince was crushed by a falling tree at Costessey, Norfolk, after he pushed his brother Ben out of the way.

Norwich coroner William Armstrong said: “It gives a powerful message to the rest of us living in a society where the ‘me first’ culture is so predominant.

“Christopher’s first thought was not for himself but for his brother.

“It was a desperate tragedy that ended this boy’s life.”

Christopher had been walking with his brother, his sister, his sister’s friend, and his pet border collie when high winds toppled the tree in Green Hills Woods on Sunday.

The coroner expressed his “deepest sympathies to the family and those who mourn”.

There is another article about this brave boy here.

Boy Saves Brothers

March 8, 2008

At the request of Joe, I’m going to try to make “heroic boys” a regular feature on this blog. If anyone sees any such news stories, by the way, please tell me about them and I’ll post them.

Heroic 13-Year-Old Saves Siblings In Bus Crash
Despite Serious Injuries, Boy Protected, Rescued Brothers

PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. — A 6-year-old who survived a church bus crash that killed one boy and injured nine others says he owes his life to his big brother, who protected him when the bus started to roll.

The boys were in a Lakeview Baptist Church bus that crashed last Wednesday evening. Austin Green, 11, died Sunday from the injuries he suffered in the crash.

Brandon Barkley, 9, and Stephen Barkley, 13, were hospitalized after the wreck. Both were released on Tuesday. On Wednesday they, and their little brother Austin, talked about the crash publicly for the first time with WYFF News 4’s Mike McCormick.

The younger boys say that they owe their lives to their brother Stephen.

“When he saved my life, I just had a bruised hip and that was all,” Austin said.

The brothers said bus driver Phillip Farmer told the children on board the bus to hold on just before it crashed.

“I remember Phil telling us to hang on, that we’re wrecking,” Stephen said.

Stephen said he grabbed Austin and put him between his legs and covered him — just before he bus went off the road, overturned, and slammed into a tree.

Austin said, “Stephen, he had me in his arms, beating doors, beating glass, beating windows, trying to find out till we opened the emergency exit, so I was the first one out of the bus.”

Their other brother Brandon was still inside. His ribs were hurt and his lip was bleeding and his arm was stuck. After he got Austin out of the bus, Stephen freed Brandon’s arm from the wreckage.

The little brothers call Stephen their hero.

“That just makes my day,” Stephen said.

Stephen was able to protect and rescue his brothers, but he was badly hurt himself. He hit his head and the impact injured his colon severely enough that he had to have surgery to repair it.

The boys’ father, Jeffrey Barkley, said, “It’s just amazing to us with the injuries he had he was able to continue on. And the paramedics told us that if they hadn’t made him sit down he would’ve still been trying to help other people.”

And even in the middle of recovering from their injuries and the trauma of the crash, the boys were thinking about someone else. They wanted Phillip Farmer, the bus driver who is still hospitalized with serious leg injuries, to know they didn’t blame him.

The boys said that they wanted Farmer to know they love him.

Brandon said, “I love Phil because he drove us three years on the bus and he did a real great job.”

Farmer is still in the hospital, but his condition has been upgraded to good.


March 8, 2008

These two stories warm my heart and remind me of the natural urge toward heroism little boys feel, before their mothers and female teachers stamp it out. (In the book How I Accidentally Joined the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy And Found Inner Peace, the author speculates that the vast success of the Harry Potter novels, which have made their author into one of the three billionairesses who made her money all by herself, is because it is the first book in many years to allow a little boy to be a hero.)

4-Year-Old Transforms To Thwart Armed Robbery

DURHAM, N.C. (CBS 3) ― While his family was being held at gunpoint during a robbery, a 4-year-old North Carolina boy transformed in to a “Power Ranger” to save the day.

The little boy named Stevie was able to sneak away and put on his “Red Power Ranger” outfit. When he returned, he was ready to battle the bad guys.

“I was saving everybody,” Stevie said. “Yeah, I was the Red Ranger.”

The thieves managed to get away with credit cards, cash and a cell phone, but Stevie’s mom believes her son saved the family from physical harm.

No one was injured in the robbery. It is unclear if Stevie will continue to use his powers for good.

‘Spider-Man’ Saves Baby Girl From Burning House in Brazil

A five-year-old boy dressed as Spider-Man became a real life hero when he saved a baby girl from a burning house in Brazil.

Pint-sized superhero Riquelme Maciel stepped into the house to pull the 1-year-old to safety after he saw her mother crying.

The boy had been playing with a friend in his back yard when they spotted smoke coming from the window of a wooden house.

Using his Spidey senses, he ran to tell the baby’s mother, Lucilene dos Santos, but she was too afraid to enter the blazing house.

Without hesitating, the tiny masked crusader decided he would brave the flames to save baby Andrieli from her cradle.

Santos told reporters: “He said, ‘don’t cry, don’t scream because I’m going to save Andrielle.’

“Then I began shouting for him not to go because I was scared he would die in the fire.”

But Riquelme did not think twice. After the rescue the Spider-Boy simply said: “I decided to go inside the house and save her.”

Fire department’s chief Jose de Macedo praised the boy’s bravery, but warned parents and children about copying his actions.

He said: “It is very dangerous. This requires a trained crew and proper gear. So we pass on this warning that it is not recommended.”

After his heroic act, Riquelme became the talk of the town, making it on to the front pages of local newspapers.

He says he wants to become a firefighter and save more lives – although whether he will be allowed to wear his Spider-Man costume while he does it remains to be seen.

Not only was this five-year-old boy braver than a grown woman, said grown woman apparently was too overwhelmed by his five-year-old manhood to even try to stop him from running into a burning building.

Incidentally, many feminists “brag” that fantasizing about being a superhero is a male thing. I would like the record to show that I spent a large portion of my childhood being Wonder Woman.