By Trey Rusk
What is going on? I cannot believe men are being taught not to be men or display manly characteristics.
What bothers me is that American society is raising a generation of weak men. In my opinion, weak men don't make hard decisions or fight for their country. They succumb to bullying and when they have had enough they snap and kill innocent people in gun free zones.
Our children are now spending more time on tablets and on-line games than they are playing outside. When they compete they really just play along because everyone gets a trophy. Competiveness has to be learned. Winning and failure have to be learned.
When I was a boy we played Army and shot at each other with toy guns. We wrestled and saw who could spit the farthest. Our heroes were Superman and Batman. We believed in "Truth, Justice and the American Way." Our television shows demonstrated traditional families i.e.: Leave it to Beaver or Lassie.
A lot of our fathers fought for our country. They came home and were productive citizens. They sometimes schooled us in the safe use of firearms and wrestled with us in the yard.
I am not saying that weapons proficiency makes a man nor is this a blog about homosexuality. I worked with homosexuals during my career and they were brave and hard working men and women.
A dominant male figure needs to be in a family. I'm speaking of a male who sets a good example. Someone who works, pays bills, plays ball, takes his children fishing or hunting. Teaches them right from wrong and instills in them a sense of values. Above all, leads by example.
I speak of this because some Universities are now providing courses in Treating Masculinity. Some are calling it a Mental Health issue.
My God! When we as a society begin to teach our boys and men restrictive masculinity we are circling the drain in the U.S.
Below is an article from PJ Media. Be sure and read the last paragraph. It may astound you.
University of Texas to Treat Masculinity as a 'Mental Health' Issue
By Toni Airaksinen, April 27, 2018
The Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin recently launched a new program to help male students “take control over their gender identity and develop a healthy sense of masculinity.”
Treating masculinity as if it were a mental health crisis, “MasculinUT” is organized by the school’s counseling staff and most recently organized a poster series encouraging students to develop a “healthy model of masculinity.”
The program is predicated on a critique of so-called “restrictive masculinity.” Men, the program argues, suffer when they are told to “act like a man” or when they are encouraged to fulfill traditional gender roles, such as being “successful” or “the breadwinner.”
Though you might enjoy “taking care of people” or being “active,” MasculinUT warns that many of these attributes are actually dangerous, claiming that “traditional ideas of masculinity place men into rigid (or restrictive) boxes [which]... prevent them from developing their emotional maturity.”
“If you are a male student at UT reading this right now, we hope that learning about this helps you not to feel guilty about having participated in these definitions of masculinity, and instead feel empowered to break the cycle!” the program offers.
The program is currently without leadership, but not for long. The school is in the process of hiring a “healthy masculinities coordinator” to run the program, and a school official tells PJ Media that some hopeful hirees are interviewing for the position later this week.
While many schools now have similar programs, this appears to be the first run directly out of a Counseling and Mental Health Center. Though the school seems to justify this by claiming that masculinity can cause men to lash out at other people and themselves, the school did not respond to a request for comment to clarify.
There is no evidence that masculinity itself contributes to violence. Universities that run similar programs, such as UNC-Chapel Hill and Northwestern, have admitted that their programming isn’t supported by any evidence.