Buzzfeed is currently running a list of the “Top 21 Viral Memes About Boys! A Must Read For Anyone Raising One.”
As one can imagine, it is nothing more than the typical feminist tract about how horribly sexist men and boys are. I really wish feminists would stop trying to “help” men and boys. When feminists try to “help”, it ends up looking more like kicking a person while they are down. Let us go down the list:
Question: if it would destroy a 12-year-old girl to be called a boy, what are we teaching her about boys? I ask only because I do not know any girl who wants to be called a boy. For that matter, I doubt few women want to be called men. It is typical of both sexes to not want to be called the opposite sex.
Question: where is the homophobia? The last time I checked, gay man does not equal being female. Two: is it okay to call the athletes boys as an insult? I ask only because it is just as common as calling them girls.
Question: does no one refer to shy, creative, sensitive, and intellectual boys as all-boy? Better yet, are we to assume that rowdy, athletic boys are not also shy, creative, sensitive and intellectual?
It would help if the guy complaining about that argument did not resort it to himself.
Question: can you give an example of an actual, preferably well-known feminist who makes that argument? I ask only because the one prominent feminist mentioned above seems to think that unless men are taught to behave otherwise, they will become a bunch of brutish women abusers who will have their violence supported and encouraged by a misogynistic society.
Just so we are clear: it is wrong to control your emotions, wrong to control your fear, wrong not to show weakness, wrong to demonstrate power and control, wrong to think aggression equals dominance even though that is the feminist position on aggression, wrong to be a protector, wrong to be heterosexual, wrong to not act like a ridiculous stereotype, wrong to be tough, athletic, strong, or courageous, wrong to think that you should be able to make decisions without other people’s help, and wrong to express your sexual attraction towards women? Really?
Question: what about the men? Seriously, what about men and boys? Do we not also need to teach boys to respect other males or are females the only ones deserving of respect?
Question: and when we see little girls doing the same thing, should we step in?
Question: the only thing that tests my manhood is how I treat women? So if I treat other males like garbage, I am still a man? If I torture animals, I am still a man? If I destroy the environment, I am still a man?
It would help the argument if these were not the images of men that women and girls apparently prefer and seek out.
Perhaps, but unless you are a sexy vampire or werewolf or a beast with a tiny scar over your eye, no one cares.
Funny how the caption for this read “They Can Enjoy Pink And Sparkling Things…” Here is a tip: most kids do not care about this kind of stuff. Only adults do, and as many kids can attest, adults can be stupid-faced asshats, like when they jump to conclusions about a kid wearing shoeing because they are “pink and sparkling,” not because he thought they were “made out of zebras.”
No one. But you must admit it is rather odd for 40-year-old men or women to be obsessed with a TV show made for five-year-old girls.
How ironic that Peter Pan was able to do in two words what has taken the author of the list fourteen pictures to fail to explain.
Yes, because every child plays with toys the exact same way, and there is no way that a boy might feed the baby doll and then have it “poop” on his other toys as the “monster” baby that destroys the city.
Question: who said that singing and dancing was not masculine? Or where they talking about a specific type of singing and dancing. I ask only because I am pretty sure most people think this guy is rather masculine.
Funny how what Anne Hathway said has nothing at all to do with “[Their] Interests [Saying] Nothing About Their Sexuality Or Gender Expression.”
Yes, he is. However, no one says that men cannot be pretty. It is simply that only certain men and boys are considered pretty. Like muscle-bound blond men who take their shirts off so they can be eye-candy for women.
Question: are most boys blind? I ask only because it seems like most humans can see well enough, and they interact with enough other people to realize that half of them are not male.
How ironic that the author chose an image of poor, dark-skinned Indian boys, a group most likely to experience a great deal of disempowerment and disrespect.
The caption reads “And One Day Soon We Will Be Using The Expression “Boys Will Be Boys” To Describe This,” which comes across as implying boys will be boys when they do what girls do.
That is, of course, an excellent message to send boys. The way you are now sucks. Only when you do what women want you to do will you have any quality or worth because there is nothing inherently good about boys and men. Only women have the good qualities.