According to a new article out of the UK, today’s men are less skilled in DIY projects than men of earlier generations. The news comes as a UK store called Homebase – think Home Depot or Lowe’s in the U.S. – is announcing that they will be closing a quarter of their stores. Though the store’s misfortunes are probably not entirely due to a change in men – home ownership is down as well – it hasn’t stopped some from speculating on the increased feminization of the rougher sex.
As the article says:
[T]oday’s 20- and 30-somethings don’t seem to possess your traditional “dad skills”. The dismal fact that a mere five per cent of 18-24s would attempt to unblock a sink doesn’t bode well for humanity – unless you’re a plumber.
If there’s any truth to the article’s contention that today’s men are more “feminine” that yesterday’s, the blame for that should be placed squarely at the feet of liberalism. I don’t know how entrenched liberalism is in the UK – though their tax situation offers some clues – but it has had a devastating effect on America. This isn’t about pining away for the days of John Wayne and oppressed women. It’s about what we’ve lost in the wake of the feminist revolution.
Consider our media. Look at the male role models we’re given on TV. Men like Ray Romano, Kevin James, and just about every actor in every commercial portray the male role as one of subservience, dim-wittedness, and general cluelessness. This is all played for laughs, but don’t think for a minute that it doesn’t have an effect.
Today’s boys are discouraged from playing games that include pretend gun violence, they’re discouraged from straying too far from the yard, and they’re taught that their heroes from U.S. history were actually rapists, murderers, slave owners, and all-around horrible people. This is all feminism. This is all liberalism.
The drawbacks to all this feminization go well beyond the inability to fix a leaky faucet. Feminized men feel rather than think, they look to others for approval, and they put women on a pedestal where they don’t belong.
C.S. Lewis once said, “We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”
Would 47% of the nation’s citizens be content to live off the government dole if there was still any honor left in being a man? Would marriage rates be plummeting?
Feminizing men was only the first step for liberals, of course. Now we realize they want to do away with the concept of gender altogether. They want to teach young boys and girls that you can simply choose your own gender, regardless of whatever body parts you happened to be born with. They see this as progress.
Men aren’t “better” than women, but women aren’t better than men, either. Ostensibly, this equality is what feminists have been fighting for. Even a cursory look beneath the surface, though, shows this for the lie that it is. Until the country wakes up to the grave mistakes we’re making, though, the diminishing population of conservative men will just have to take up the slack. According to studies that show that women vastly prefer men who display “old-fashioned” traits like backbone, power, and a refusal to cry at the drop of a hat, we might be able to turn this around.