Woman Honor Thyself

When women are depressed, they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking. --Elaine Boosler

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

It's RaininG MeN..Halleluyah!

Macho, Macho Military has a unique slant on our "militaristic rituals:"

"Many progressives were shocked by the militaristic response of Americans to the attacks of September 11, 2001--but not feminists. They had already been tracking the militarization of American daily life--from Super Bowl bomber flyovers to yellow ribbons on family cars--and its intimate connections to the cult of masculinity that has recently tightened its grip on American politics."

"Gender-coded militaristic rituals are now so integrated into the culture, they're nearly invisible--which is why they're so important to re-examine. Take those flyovers. What's fun about sending an ominous V-winged vehicle of death and destruction over a Sunday afternoon football game? It takes coordination between the NFL and the Pentagon to plan a flyover. Is sending a black bomber racing across the sky supposed to confirm players' and fans' manliness? Is the pageant also designed to prove the patriotic bona fides of players, owners, fans and the networks? If so, then the NFL and the Pentagon are in collusion to militarize masculinity and to masculinize militarism."

Hmmmm...To my mind's eye "masculinize militarism" is redundant. Everything about the Military oozes masculinity.

Bomb flyovers may be one way to try to recuperate the militaristic ideal of masculinity from the battering it is constantly receiving from Feminists as well as the Anti-war movements. But I highly doubt that.

Heroic masculinity will always have a place and a reason for being: defending civilization.
Courage, manhood, camaraderie all help a man maintain the discipline and obedience necessary for training as well as the battlefield. Not to mention that the male psyche most readily lends itself to pursuit, confrontation and I daresay..heroism.

And meaning no disrespect to women in the military..Nature dictates that women be the more gentle.
That they are strong of character and can be of equal intelligence we have no doubt.
But submitting to the scorching heat of battle,exposing themselves to the most horrible perils, throwing a gauntlet down ,and becoming fearless warriors is in defiance of all contrary feminine instincts for nuturing, sensitivity, emotional expression,and the need for relatedness.

And while the "PC" police refuse to acknowledge the innate differences between men and women , here are some studies.
Masculine vs Feminine Traits

"Males generally: Are stronger and faster;they often lack insight about themselves and are less responsive to emotional feelings.
Females generally: Are more social & empathetic; they are often more self-critical about their work and have more home-life expectations."

"Some individual are clearly masculine or feminine in keeping with their anatomical gender. Others are more androgynous meaning that they have a balance of both masculine and feminine traits. There are definite advantages for women who can demonstrate some masculine traits (when needed, e.g. at work) and for men who can exhibit more feminine traits, such as self-disclosure, personal insight, empathy, nurturance and social communication skills."

But to imply that there is a silent conspiracy to "masculinize" anything(other than women!)..is...not even worthy of rebuttal. Men, if anything, are being forcefully "feminized". Body hair is removed; men must have hug fests or risk being accused of being emotionally sterile, earrings are commonplace, and occasional tears are a must.
And while nobody is mourning the end of the reign of the macho Marlboro man, the true virtue of masculinity is long gone if today's popular culture is any indicator.

Protecting,.. Defending,...
Is this not what we expect men to do?
Correct me if I'm wrong on this one but.......Is this not the very essence of a soldier?

And so I ask you dear readers....

What is manly?

What is womanly?

Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals. -Colman McCarthy-


  • At 7:10 PM, Blogger Regular Ron said…

    What is manly?? Well being the foremost thinker on "Regular-ism" I can say there are a few things that make a man manly.

    1. You love your Mother
    2. You better know how to use a firearm, a hammer, bait your own fishing rode, and for godsakes NEVER wear pink.

    What is womanly??
    1. Compassion.
    2. Loving.
    3. Not taken crap from meat-head men. lol

    Yes there are major differences in both genders. But one thing that makes us the same is, we have souls that need to be touched by one anothers. And that is a beautiful gift from the Almighty, that can't be changed.


  • At 7:17 PM, Blogger Gayle said…

    Really an interesting post, Angel!

    I'm sorry, I like the macho Marlboro man!

    I'm probably not a good one to be answering your questions, i.e., What is manly and what is womanly? I think I may be one of those "adrogynous" folk. Please do not misunderstand that. I am very empathetic and enjoy very feminine things, such as the caretaking of my family, cooking and crafts. On the other hand I am also a crack shot, and I absolutely detest shopping, gossipping and talking on the phone. I grew up in a tough neighborhood and because of that am extremely street smart. I've been attacked many times in my life and always have come out the winner.

    I think on the whole though, men are better suited than most women for heavy-duty in the trench, hand-to-hand combat. I sure wouldn't want to stand back-to-back in combat with any of my women friends. Wait...I take that back. If their children are at risk they may be more dangerous than many men.

    It's too complicated to generalize, I think. Sorry... I did try. :)

  • At 7:33 PM, Blogger kevin said…

    I guess I'm pretty manly, I like sports and am still wondering when we're going to kick Iran's butt!

  • At 7:36 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said…

    hey RR!..gr8 to see ya!..ya dont wear pink evah?..lolz
    Gayle..ty for the inputs ..seems like u thought alot..grinz
    Kev..u an me both mah friend!..heh.

  • At 7:54 PM, Blogger David said…

    COMplete rabbit trail...

    I can recall (many, many years ago) a marching band competition. Our band was, as always, one of the few bands to beat in our lil town of 500,000 or so. Smallest AAAA school in town (and still larger than the town I live in today--the school, that is).

    A particularly dramatic portion of the program was when we abrubtly switched from a fast-march piece with a rapid, energetic step to an entirely different formation with a smoothe, slower, lower volume portion of a piece called "Strategic Air Command".

    Right at that exact moment during our competitive program, jets from a nearby Army base overflew the field in formation at relatively low altitude.

    Just about all we heard about from the other bands after that was about what a cheap shot that was... and who had we gotten to do that for us, anyway?


    As I said, a rabbit trail, but that's " What's fun about sending an ominous V-winged vehicle of death and destruction over a Sunday afternoon football game?" or a Saturday afternoon marching contest, for that matter.


  • At 8:12 PM, Blogger Erica said…

    Generally, women are smaller and not as likely to be up to the physical demands of being a foot soldier. But if there are women who are capable and desire the job I don't see any reason to hold them back.

  • At 8:38 PM, Blogger K T Cat said…

    What if I like to practice Chinese Broadsword and cook, too?

  • At 8:39 PM, Blogger Lady Jane said…

    Yes, very interesting post, Angel!

    I'm glad there are men out there who are masculine enough to defend us. So, thanks, Men!!!

    I don't mind masculine shows of power, like the flyovers, etc. Better than dresses and the like.

  • At 9:18 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said…

    David, wish I coulda been there..I'm actually one of those who get awestruck when I see Army jets flyin in formation...ahhhhhh

    erica n k.t. ..thanks fer yer voices

    and Jane, as always...the welcome mats our for ya!

  • At 7:06 AM, Blogger PARKAVE said…

    what does it mean that men are less responsive emotionally?

    what does it mean "responsive emotionally"

    neph- ari

  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger babygirl~lonz said…

    no body hair! definitely a must for both men and women!

  • At 2:39 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said…

    Park Ave..Imma thinkin it means that as a rule men are less responive emotionally..simply that.
    Do u cry if yer girlfriend or wife forgets to buy u chocolate or flowers on Valentines day or ya birthday?..OK..lotsa women dont either..lolz..but some do..ya catch mah drift here of have I lost u entirely?..lolz
    lol@baby girl lonz

  • At 5:15 PM, Blogger The MaryHunter said…

    An awful lot of generalizing and stereotpying going on here. And yet - though there's a broad range of personality types among the sexes, stereotypes do exist for a reason. Bell curves do have peaks and standard deviations.

    Anyway, Angel, quite an interesting and thought-provoking post. Written like a true feminist. ;-)

    [ouch!] *sorry*

    Don't go deletin' dis by accident, you.

    :sheepish grin:

  • At 6:08 PM, Blogger Karl m said…

    Allow me a moment to weigh in. The truest inequality lies in the wage structure, women do not get equal pay for = work.

    In regard to your Question WHT, aside the obvious biological and genetic differences, and the forced nature/ nuture results. Let us take a peek at what the Creator intended.(apologies to no one).

    Gen 2:24.."therefore a man shall leave his father & mother and cling to his wife and they shall become one flesh". so as i see it, as a combination they possess ever trait.

  • At 6:39 PM, Blogger The MaryHunter said…

    karl m, there's ample evidence (of which I am bereft rigtht now) that the salary gap is a fiction perpetrated by the liberal elitist conventional wisdom. Thomas Sowell discusses this a bit in his outstanding book The Vision of the Anointed -- if I was conscious now I'd dig up the quotes.


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