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Masculinity is More Than a Mask
TIME, by Christina Hoff Sommers

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Posted By:CarolineAEI, 1/13/2014 1:55:21 PM

Are school shooters and mass murderers born out of an aggressive emphasis on masculinity in our society? The trailer for filmmaker and feminist activist Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s new documentary, “The Mask You Live In,” would have us think so. The recently released trailer has attracted 1 million views on YouTube. It argues that American boys are captive to a rigid and harmful social code of masculinity. From the earliest age, they are told to “Be a Man!” “Don’t Cry!” “Stop with the emotion!” and “Man up!” This “guy code” suppresses their humanity, excites their drive for dominance, and renders many of them dangerous. The trailer features adolescent men describing their isolation, despair, and thoughts of suicide, artfully interspersed with terrifying images of school shooters and mass murderers.



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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jenny777, 1/13/2014 2:27:28 PM     (No. 9690435)

School shootings are the result of mental illness which is improperly treated. Psychotropic drugs are notorious for causing violence and agitation as a side effect, a dirty little secret of the psychiatric business.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: smcchk, 1/13/2014 2:46:20 PM     (No. 9690454)

I would argue that boys are hardly allowed to be masculine anymore and there is a lot of confusion and pent up aggression. Not to mention all the drugs young boys are medicated with for ADHD.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kono, 1/13/2014 3:10:06 PM     (No. 9690491)

This PC hit piece deserves derisive remarks that would transgress the LCom culture of salon vs saloon.

The Western culture can abide no further emasculation. The war on men needs to grind to a halt.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jakester2344, 1/13/2014 3:30:21 PM     (No. 9690525)

#3 the author is on your side. She has authored books detailing the feminist assault on masculinity. The article itself takes on the recent feminist film attacking males and boys in particular.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/13/2014 3:33:42 PM     (No. 9690529)

Twenty years ago, I saw this trend toward male bashing and it´s one of the reasons we chose homeschooling. While visiting family in south TX this past November, I heard PC tales of what goes in in tiny town public schools where my grand nephews attend second and third grade. These attitudes are everywhere and it is child abuse of young boys. The sheer numbers of BOYS (interesting it´s never girls) on these dangerous psychotropic drugs is a national tragedy. May I suggest this is yet another issue needing the attention of Republican lawmakers?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: FLCracker, 1/13/2014 4:12:04 PM     (No. 9690580)

So gay boys are "born that way" and you can´t change them, but masculinity is just a mask?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: curious1, 1/13/2014 4:20:27 PM     (No. 9690590)

Actually, pretty much all the shooters and mass murderers were libtard psychotics (but I repeat myself).

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Reply 8 - Posted by: harper, 1/13/2014 4:27:57 PM     (No. 9690601)

Yup.

Young Democrats Gone Wild.

They are so special to the party that they created a special playpen just for them, called "gun Free Zones."

You can tell the YDGW´s by their onsies, and their immediate, cowardly self-cancelling when a real adult [ie armed] shows up.



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