I’m tired of apologising for being a man. I’m tired of accepting that abuse is a male characteristic. I’m tired of the fact that all the men I know are afraid of being accused at any moment. I’m saddened that men have withdrawn in vast numbers from childcare and primary teaching. I’m sick of being portrayed as a potential rapist and a possible violent attacker.
I’m sick of it. Just like Peter Finch in Network, I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.
These nuns who abused the Magdalene slaves. Were they men?
No they were not. They were women. Vicious, emotionally-deranged, vindictive, sexually-obsessed women. Not men, though it’s true that just as many men are capable of committing evil.
Can we begin to abandon this horrible portrayal of men that sprang from a particular strand of academic feminism, an ideology whose main purpose was to create PhDs for a generation of cynics? Can we walk away from the sort of people who claim that Margaret Thatcher was an honorary man, and can we begin to reclaim the sane middle ground where people are just people, and neither men nor women are evil?
Do you think we could agree that some people are disposed to commit wrong but that most people are inclined towards kindness? Could we agree that men, for the most part, are just as decent and kind as women, and could we leave all those screwed-up people over there in a corner on their own, all those men, women and soulless academics who hurt others?
They don’t belong to my world, to the people I know and love, any more than they belong to yours, so let’s take the power away from them, the power to stereotype you and me. In my world, people are flawed, fragile, weak, fallible but ultimately well-intentioned. They aren’t crazy abusers or violent lunatics. They’re just decent people doing their best to get on with their lives, look after their families and do the best they can for the people they care about.
In the real world, nobody but a fool would design a skyscraper to withstand an asteroid strike, yet that’s precisely what we’re doing with our society because we are so in thrall to the PC-driven cynical academics who have grabbed us by the throat. Instead of planning for the things we might reasonably expect to happen, our society is these days being geared to resist the most outlandish, paranoid, illogical fallacies capable of being generated by a politically-correct academic cohort intent on looking after its own corner.
Two assumptions are necessary.
- All men are potential abusers, but abusive women are simply honorary men.
- It’s possible to protect against all risks.
Both of these assumptions are complete nonsense, as any thinking human being will tell you. The Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of Charity and the Good Shepherd Sisters are abusers by anyone’s standards. And if you could protect against all risks, we’d have no more illness in the world, no plane would ever crash, and no castle would ever have fallen to the enemy.
This Mars-Venus thing is growing tedious.