26 God said, ‘Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals and all the creatures that creep along the ground.’ 27 God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them. I had an experience this weekend that made me think about men, about masculinity. It seems manhood is under attack these days from many directions. Indeed, in my opinion, a part
28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
There´s a lot to be said in favor of toxic hypermasculinity.
We LDotters have had this discussion several times over the years; specifically what constitutes a "real" man. For my dad´s generation, it was the Ralph Cramden, Jack Klugman or Earl Holloman kind of tough guy who never missed an opportunity to argue. They were the blowhards who I grew up hating, and they were pretty common among 1950´s and 60´s dads. We were not allowed to watch Leave it to Beaver because Ward Cleaver was a sissy. Then came my generation. In trying not to make the mistakes of our parents, we went too far the other way. Every generation tries to do the best they can. The problem is, what is the best? Where is the balance? Does being emotionally sensitive and not wanting to beat people up make one not a real man? I suspect if we do what our own personal nature guides us to and quit worrying about someone else´s idea of what a man is, we might be better off. To all the LDotter pa´s out there...Happy Father´s Day!
The measure of a man is what´s in his heart. I can relate to #2´s assessment. Manhood and fatherhood has gone through an identity crisis in the 20th and 21st centuries. I could go on a rant about how books and sermons have promoted a Churchianity type of man, a type unknown except in certain circles. But I won´t... A man who knows the Lord and has his family´s interests at heart is doing the best he can.
I married a man who is unapologetically male. He holds the door and my hand. He works hard to provide for our family. He does dishes as well as the lawn. He is strong and would never even consider letting me lift something heavy if he is around. He is involved in our children´s lives and has no problem being the disciplinarian. He has taught my sons by his example how to treat a woman.
My sons hold doors, protect their female friends and other females as well if they deem it necessary. They will be wonderful husbands. They too are unapologetically male and I am proud of them.
I was raised by a man who was also unapologetically male. He recognized his role as being the family protector and provider. He worshipped my mother and took care of her with such love and compassion through her Alzheimer´s and Dementia that it was truly remarkable.
I have been very blessed to be surrounded by these men and am very grateful that I never once succumbed to the feminist view of women. They are missing out on one of the true blessings in life.
Beautiful. Without men, we would not have roads and bridges and dams, etc. God created man; Hollywood created Ralph Cramden, etc. Let´s celebrate God´s creation and stop trying to sell idiots as what men are.
Women and men think differently. To the point that trying to second guess the other through rational thought process (either direction) is futile. I try to recognize my manifold faults, an attempt to overcome them. The older I get, the longer the list grows, because I have a deeper understanding. I´m a better man today than I was yesterday. I hope I have enough years left to become average.
Just for fun and clarity, ask all the men you know if they have ever changed a tire. You will likely be amazed.
What a wonderful, beautiful article! I have said for the last few years, the Women´s Lib movement has done more to undermine our society than pretty much anything I can think of.
It´s nice to read that I´m not alone is celebrating what it is to live with a man, like she writes about, for now going on 48 years. We raised 2 sons that hopefully pull from the example he set that was set by his father. Holding your family together through hard or difficult times is the stuff of successful relationships. Real Men know. I feel terrible what the culture has done to them.
A sweet, genuine, Must Read. And, I believe, a key to understanding a key difference between liberals and conservations...whether or not they had/have "Daddy issues".
Think about it. Every Hillary, Obama. Any feminist. Any gender-confused he/she/it. They all seem to have either a conspicuous absence or perceived overbearing presence of an Alpha Male in their lives that they have never resolved. And that has created a compulsive need for revenge against all men.
In fact, this translates into: Democrats are from Venus (Mommy), Republicans are from Mars (Daddy). Or simply, the Mommy Party VS the Daddy Party. Fully explains the divide...and the intensity of the feelings.
A great article. Yes, I have changed a tire. That being said, my wife, 8 months pregnant with our second child, changed an alternator when I was away on business. Real men and real women are very different creatures and yet very much the same. Happy Fathers Day to all real men (you know who you are).
Mercifully I managed to live where Dads were like that, not the roughneck faux men who are constantly trying to prove something. Not the wussy targets of female humor in some sitcoms. Just strong, decent men who took good care of everyone in their lives - their families, their communities.
Men are crocks and women are teacups. Each is made from clay, but for different purposes. Each handles its purpose perfectly when applied correctly, but is clumsy if switched. Would one bring out the crocks at a garden party, or make the teacup hold the flour in the pantry? No. Each was designed by God for a designated purpose. The crock can safely hold the teacup, and the delicate teacup can beautify even the ugliest crock.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough has released a new video with his eponymous band to offer commentary on America in the age of President Trump. The host of “Morning Joe” released the EP “Mystified” on his official Facebook page Friday, which features the pundit and his fiancée Mike Brzezinski sitting on a couch while a chaotic montage flickers across the screen. “I’ve been looking inside, and I’ve been mystified by what I saw,” Mr. Scarborough sings. “I’ve been looking inside, and I’ve been terrified by who I saw.” “TrumpWorld Culture on the Skids in the music video to the title track of
President Trump noted that James Comey and Robert Mueller are “very, very good friends…which is bothersome.” So the Associated Press sprang into action to defend the two men now locked in a death struggle with the president. The AP vouches for the extraordinary, perhaps unprecedented, integrity of the men who are trying to bring down our duly elected president. In the AP’s telling, they are: …somber-faced and demanding… …more approachable and outwardly affable… …both command a wealth of respect in the law enforcement and legal community. …both known for their integrity and self-assuredness… …Comey describ[ed] Mueller as “one of the
The Senate Judiciary Committee announced Friday it sent four investigatory letters, including one to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The letters, dated Thursday and signed by the committee’s bipartisan leadership, demand answers and documents related to the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, especially reports that Clinton campaign operatives expressed confidence Lynch would keep that investigation from “going too far.” The demand comes as the Judiciary Committee investigates the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of ex-FBI Director James Comey, in which the material may take on a new significance. The New York Times reported this April that not only
Before our savagely polarized country rips itself apart with violent language and violent deeds, it’s time for the nation’s adult leaders to rally and fortify the political center. I’m not talking about national Republican and Democratic leaders. They’re hopeless. They’re momentarily talking up bipartisan unity after the near-massacre of the congressional GOP baseball team last week. But otherwise they’re doing everything on a divisive, partisan basis — as usual. House and Senate GOP leaders are cutting Democrats out of any role in remaking health care, an industry that makes up one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Democratic Party leaders have declared
No topics confound media with greater regularity than firearms and Christianity. To put it plainly, many commentators and reporters have no idea what the hell they´re talking about when it comes to these two subjects. We were reminded earlier this month of the press´ general ignorance of the Second Amendment and firearm-related issues following a politically motivated assassination attempt on a Republican member of Congress. And we´re reminded now of media´s general illiteracy regarding Christianity following the publication of a New Yorker article titled, "How A. E. Housman Invented Englishness." In a lengthy and meticulously edited piece examining the works
Friday on CNN’s “Inside Politics,” anchor John King described Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” as “state TV” for show co-host Ainsley Earhardt saying President Donald Trump’s tweet was “smart.” King played a clip of the interview that centered on Trump’s initial “tape” tweet and his tweet yesterday saying he did not tape his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey. Earhardt said Trump’s suggestion of the possible existence of tapes was “a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those hearings.” Trump replied, “Well it wasn’t very stupid. I can tell you that.” King said, “Let’s set
The summer reading list for Gene Ponder´s AP Government and Economics class at Spanish Fort High School in Alabama is causing some trouble. Mr. Ponder filled his list with books authored by conservatives -- and libertarians. I know – right? Imagine that - a conservative public school teacher! Sweet mercy, America! Miracles do happen. Mr. Ponder’s summer reading list was a bonus assignment and included writers like Ann Coulter and Mark Levin and Ronald Reagan and Thomas Sowell. For the past 10 years, he’s instructed the students to spend a portion of their summer reading just one book on the
James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois arrived in a D.C. suburb several months ago and lived out of his van next to a small local baseball field, which had recently been reported as the site of Republican congressional baseball practice. He took pictures of this otherwise unremarkable locale, and showed up there last Wednesday with two guns and a list of six elected Republicans on his person. He verified with a member of Congress that they were indeed Republicans on the field before opening fire, attempting to murder a bunch of them. A week later, one of the victims, Rep.
File this one under, ‘no, this not a joke.’ For Friday’s off-camera White House press briefing, CNN hired a sketch artist to render images of press secretary Sean Spicer as yet another example of their pathetic meltdowns over the Trump communications team’s decisions about access. Fox News White House correspondent Kevin Corke teased this news earlier Friday, but CNN Newsroom anchor Brooke Baldwin made an on-air announcement following the tape-delayed audio from briefing while sketches appeared next to her. (Video) “We at CNN sent a sketch artist inside to provide you with the visuals the White House won´t allow you
On June 22, President Donald Trump raised three unanswered questions about the Democratic Party and the Obama administration’s role in claims that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. All three questions are backed by legitimate data and should be at the top of the list for news media outlets to investigate if the goal is to get to the bottom of the alleged Russia hacking story. Here are Trump’s three queries together with background information raising further questions on the subjects. 1 – Why did the Democratic National Committee (DNC) turn down FBI requests to inspect its hacked servers?
There is a long-worded Washington Post story gaining lots of attention as the definitive article outlining the ‘vast Russian election conspiracy‘. However, anyone who walks in the deep weeds of DC propaganda constructs will immediately note the Ben Rhodes styled fingerprints of obfuscation and disingenuous nonsense. The article is transparently presented for several aligned purposes; all of them political, including the intensely political objectives of John Brennan and James Clapper, and all of them transparently spreading the truth-sauce way too thin. As a deep weeds walker myself, and having inoculated against the nonsensical -albeit fashionable to believe- infection, here’s my
Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch dissented from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg´s Friday ruling that resolved a dispute over the judicial review procedure for complaints filed by federal employees. The Supreme Court´s 7-2 decision authored by Ginsburg reversed the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Perry v. Merit Systems Protection Board, and remanded the case for further review. The case itself involves the process for handling federal employee workforce complaints. Those complaints that fall under both the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and federal antidiscrimination laws are called "mixed cases." When the federal Merit Systems Protection Board dismisses a
Jon Ossoff was on a trajectory to defeat Karen Handel narrowly, poised to deliver a humiliating blow to the White House in a race billed as a referendum of Donald Trump’s early months in office. Then the Republican voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District unexpectedly showed up in droves. Pollsters say sky-high turnout drove Handel, the GOP nominee, to a nearly 4-point victory on Tuesday, despite most pre-election surveys showing Ossoff with a small-but-shrinking lead. Mathematically, a 4-point loss for a Democratic House candidate in a district that has traditionally elected Republicans by wide margins is an encouraging result for
California is restricting publicly funded travel to four more states because of recent laws that leaders here view as discriminatory against gay and transgender people. All totaled, California now bans most state-funded travel to eight states. The new additions to California’s restricted travel list are Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota. They join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee as states already subjected to the ban. California Attorney Xavier Becerra announced the new states at a Thursday press conference, where he was joined by representatives from ACLU Northern California and Equality California.
(Facebook) - Former President Barack Obama took to Facebook to ask Republicans to reconsider their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. "I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party," Obama wrote. "Still, I hope that our senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did." He argued that the Republican health care bill
In a year that he would like to forget, which included his acrimonious divorce to Amber Heard, Johnny Depp appeared at a Q&A at the new Cinemageddon stage at Glastonbury. Introducing his 2004 film The Libertine, about a 17th-century poet who notoriously drank himself to an early death, the 54-year-old chose to discuss American politics. "I think [Donald] Trump needs help," he said. "There are a lot of dark places he could go." He added: "I´m not insinuating anything - by the way this will be in the press and it will be horrible - but when was the last
Most illegal immigrants who pay taxes have stolen someone else’s legal identity, and the IRS doesn’t do a very good job of letting those American citizens and legal immigrants know they’re being impersonated, the tax agency’s inspector general said in a new report released Thursday. The theft creates major problems for the American citizens and legal foreign workers whose identities are stolen, and who have to deal with explaining money they never earned. But the IRS only manages to identify half of the potentially 1.4 million people likely affected by the fraud in 2015, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax
[…] John Anzalone, Ossoff’s pollster, said the Democrat’s campaign succeeded in turning out its voters — but they were swamped by Republicans who came out in numbers that ended up dwarfing previous high-profile special elections (link) That’s a very interesting admission/statement for a Politico article. That’s also an example of what happens when President Trump’s ‘Monster Vote‘ turns out. (Politico) Jon Ossoff was on a trajectory to defeat Karen Handel narrowly, poised to deliver a humiliating blow to the White House in a race billed as a referendum of Donald Trump’s early months in office. Then the Republican voters in
The deadly collision between a U.S. destroyer and a container ship June 17 took place while the freighter was on autopilot, according to Navy officials. The Philippines-flagged cargo ship ACX Crystal was under control of a computerized navigation system that was steering and guiding the container vessel, according to officials familiar with preliminary results of an ongoing Navy investigation. Investigators so far found no evidence the collision was deliberate. Nevertheless, an accident during computerized navigation raises the possibility the container ship´s computer system could have been hacked and the ship deliberately steered into the USS Fitzgerald, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. A more
President Donald Trump has said he will pursue legislation that would bar immigrants from being eligible for welfare for at least five years. At a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last night he said ´the time has come´ for ´new immigration rules´ that would require those seeking admission to the country to be able to support themselves financially and would bar the use of welfare for a period of at least five years. He said his administration would be ´putting in legislation to that effect very shortly.´ It is unclear, however, how Trump´s proposal would change the current situation.
Attorneys for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl want to ask potential jurors in a court-martial for their views on President Trump and whether they voted for him, according to news reports Wednesday. At a pretrial hearing Wednesday, Berdahl´s lawyers submitted the questions to the judge in the case, out of concern that jurors may be swayed by negative comments Trump made in the presidential campaign about the soldier. "The principal issue has to do with ensuring we are able to identify people who have been nominated to be on the court-martial panel — the jury — who are not in a
President Obama has been out of office only a few months. But he might have both a street and an L.A. freeway named after him soon. Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson has proposed renaming Rodeo Road in southwest L.A. “Obama Boulevard” in honor of the president. Wesson noted that Obama held a campaign rally at Rancho Cienega Park on Rodeo Road when running for president and that the area already has streets named after presidents (Washington, Jefferson, Adams). In May, a plan to name a stretch of the 134 Freeway after Obama moved forward with approval from the
MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski compared President Donald Trump’s administration to North Korea Friday, saying “It does feel like a developing dictatorship.” “I will say you can do some work reading history and reading books about how dictatorship happen. The development of very negative forces taking over and what you are seeing is either this happening right now, or someone who’s not well. Very few options,” Brzezinski continued. Co-host Joe Scarborough tried to lighten to mood during the segment, saying, “I think it’s actually more like Hogan’s Heroes if anything else.” Brzezinski she quietly rebuked Trump once more saying
Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony Wednesday should mark the definitive end of “Russia hacked the election” hysteria. Too bad it took so long to get to this point. Johnson told the House Intelligence Committee outright that the Russians failed to alter “ballots, ballot counts or reporting of election results.” Yes, it’s clear Russia (with Vladimir Putin’s full approval) orchestrated cyberattacks designed to influence the 2016 contest, and also pushed fake news. But the hack, and release via WikiLeaks, etc., of Democratic e-mails produced nothing game-changing. The biggest impact was to confirm the obvious: The Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton from the