Feminism and Lattes are National Threats?
Women are oppressing men, and it is now a threat to the national security of the United States. What does that statement make you think and how does it make you feel? In your opinion, name the biggest threats to national security. Terrorism? Guns? Well apparently, according to Fox News and their special guest, Nick Adams, males with lattés and feminist individuals should be added to that list of threats. I find it interesting that in society there are definitely men that feel as if they are being oppressed because of women with fundamental human rights, otherwise known as feminists.
Take a look at the video on the link posted above. This so-called “real man” has done enough research during his bachelor’s degree at an Australian university and uncovered a lot about the American culture. Furthermore, he seems to show that he also knows a thing or two about what the biggest threats to his manhood is – gender equality. Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked Adams, the author of American Boomerang, if feminism is one of the concepts that can be considered a threat to national security. Adams replied, “I think it has wide-ranging implications. Weeps and wussies deliver mediocrity. And men win. And what America’s always been about is winning. So I think it’s pivotal to the health of the country.”
Many words and phrase that were utilized during this interview can seem a bit offensive to both males and females. It is very offensive to call men or even women “wussies.” Men are supposedly thought to never show their emotions, but personally, I find nothing wrong with a male who wants to express his emotions to his group of friends. Terms such as wussy can be dangerous in society and can possibly lead to domestic violence, self-hatred, and other effects within society. According to Nick Adams, if a male is not enjoying a game of football on Sunday or even catching up with friends over a round at the shooting range, they are not considered manly men? Is that really what defines being a manly man?
Compare the two pictures below. The one on the left is of Nick Adams wearing his cowboy hat and the one on the right is of a male drinking his caffeinated beverage. Just from viewing these two pictures, one cannot assume that one male is more “manlier” than the other. A male does not have to watch sports games with his friends to be considered a man; he can definitely be a man and drink coffee with his friends too.
In addition to Nick Adams opinions in the interview, Elisabeth Hasselbeck also stated that manly men are demonized. According to a feminist perspective, being manly gives off the responsible vibe. It means men do not have to wrestle alligators and it also means that they will not be sweating like Paris Hilton doing a crossword puzzle while sitting outside of Starbucks with a non-fat, no-whip peppermint mocha. Furthermore, in my personal opinion, I definitely believe that the meaning of feminism was misinterpreted throughout the interview. Feminism is a concept that benefits both women and men. In a patriarchal society, men are taught to fear the thought of being “womanly.” In other words, if a man chooses to freely show emotions, he will be considered less of a man. Feminism has a goal and that is to give each gender the freedom to be who they want to be and do what they want to do. It can be said that men are getting more freedom than they have had in the past and women are getting the freedoms they deserve.
Personally, I was very disappointed to see this interview with Nick Adams in regards to manliness. I feel as if a completely imprudent view of feminism arouse during the interview and went as far as to accuse the concept of feminism for the feminization of men. There were many incidences throughout the interview that Nick Adams stated the term “manly man.” In my opinion, this is an idea from the late 1900s, where men were expected to be the hard workers and the women were to be the housekeepers who tend to house chores and their family.
Towards the end of the video posted above, Nick Adams states that, “we have to crush this mindset that seeks to squash male tendencies…[parents] encourage [their] boys to become great men and we also try and educate everybody the importance of being a manly male.” Personally, I do not understand what the problem is if men show a softer side. So what if some men drink lattés, express emotions, and turn a cold shoulder to the stereotypes of what defines a manly man? Just because a male would rather go for coffee than watch the Super Bowl does not make him less of a man than that of one who would watch the biggest football event of the year with friends over beers.
I want to leave with a thought for everyone to consider: I am a female and if I was given the option to go play basketball with some male friends or have a coffee date with female friends, I would definitely choose the option of going to play a game of basketball. Does that make me less of a woman?