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Women Aren’t Getting Happier: Is ‘Toxic Masculinity’ To Blame?

Women have been mocking masculinity and making men feel bad about being men.

If men are obsolete, then women will soon be extinct.

That’s how Camille Paglia, the feminist author and professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, starts a 2013 op-ed.

In the Time piece, the legendary author of Sexual Personae explains that rancor against men has been a feature of the newer waves of feminism. And that it’s often backed by what the author calls “carelessly fact-free theories alleging that gender is an arbitrary, oppressive fiction with no basis in biology.”

In their drive to succeed, many young women embrace the perceived notion that they have been oppressed as a group. The remnants of this oppression, they often argue, follow them like a predatory harasser lurking in the shadows. And the fruit of oppression’s constant presence is their failure to be just as good, if not better, than men.

That’s why the use of the term “equality” is so widespread. After all, it has a very specific purpose: To ignite the passions of women who believe their incapacity to meet the feminist gold standard is due to oppression, and not their own making.

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By backing an entire philosophy on the notion that biology, ergo science, doesn’t matter, generations of feminists came to believe that men and women all come from the same mold. Society then, they argue, must see them as such. Unless, of course, a man wants to be a woman or vice-versa. Then, and only then, you must respect the differences and refer to them as they wish.

As Paglia explained then, “many high-achieving young women, despite all the happy talk about their academic success, find themselves in the early stages of their careers in chronic uncertainty or anxiety about their prospects for an emotionally fulfilled private life.” And, of course, it’s never their fault they are unhappy. After all, the men are to blame. But are they?

When generation after generation denigrates manhood as something inherently dangerous, belittling young boys when they show signs of masculinity and dismissing young, strong men for being men, all that women are left with are young boys. Eternally young, immature boys.

In other words, men have a hard time growing into men when all that makes them men is seen as toxic by those they seek to court.

As Paglia so brilliantly put it, “without strong men as models to either embrace or (for dissident lesbians) to resist, women will never attain a centered and profound sense of themselves as women.”

As you can see, in a society where men can’t be men, women pay the price.

Written by Alice Salles

Alice Salles is a contributor to The Schpiel.

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  1. Masculinity isn’t so much toxic as addictive.
    Women need more Macho to be satisfied.
    The nice boy ceases to satisfy, so they need the bastard bad boy biker.

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