Recently we noted that outspoken feminist Professor Camille Paglia had joined Stephen Mansfield as a staunch public supporter of the movement to rekindle American manliness.
For Paglia had indicated in a recent Wall Street Journal interview that like recent Glenn Beck guest and author of “Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men,” Stephen Mansfield, she shared the belief that many of today’s societal failures stem from a lack of traditional masculinity, as reflected in character traits like a sense of duty, honesty, chivalry and courage. Mansfield and to a far greater extent Paglia argue that the feminist movement is largely to blame for the effemenization of males and by extension the United States and Western civilization more broadly.
But one contributor at Forbes disagrees, arguing contra Mansfield/Paglia that:
“The reality is that the economy–that men themselves created–is far more to blame for the sorry state of American men. The Internet Age, along with global trade and the mass outsourcing of low-skill labor has brought forth in the West a people-based and knowledge-based economy which emphasizes social intelligence. Young women are now outpacing men across the board, from education to employment, and men should take a hint.”
Rachel Burger, the author of the opinion piece and Young Voices Advocate, has some advice for males too, arguing that “If men want to pursue their roles as providers and achievers, they’re going to have to woman up.”
According to the Forbes contributor, in the new economy in which jobs requiring physical skill are no longer in demand, men are going to need to learn how to “play nice,” and will only succeed with improved “social intelligence.” Further, the author advocates that boys “learn to express themselves,” to “take on more traditionally feminine traits” to succeed.
For this new economy ”is a woman’s economy, and inventions created by men, not feminists, are to blame for slowing male participation.”
The author summarizes her argument forcefully towards the end of the piece, proclaiming:
“Men must become more like women if they want to be able to continue fulfilling their more masculine roles as earners and providers. While it may be difficult to hear, boys are at a disadvantage if they do not learn to sympathize, communicate emotion and connect. In other words, it will be “man down” for men who can’t learn to woman up. The new economy is a woman’s economy, and inventions created by men, not feminists, are to blame for slowing male participation.”
We await Mansfield and Paglia’s response, and in light of Glenn Reynolds’ recent interview on his new book “The New School,” in which he endorses individuals pursuing jobs requiring manual labor, such as being an electrician or plumber, perhaps his response too.
And if you missed Stephen Mansfield on Glenn Beck’s program, be sure to check out the below clip.