Written by Bill Waller. Mr. Waller is a author and contributor local blog, Southwest Georgia Politics. He enjoys writing, traveling, and researching history. He currently resides in Albany, Georgia.
Have you noticed a drop in testosterone levels? No, this is not that commercial to fight against, “Low T” but rather an observation that traditional manhood is under assault. Watch any commercial with a couple, and the idiot is always the male. Why is that? I am not saying that the idiot should be the woman, but why can’t they both be equally intelligent?
Some have even observed how the great decline in masculinity parallels with the recent decline in our very liberties. Perhaps that is because it is now socially unacceptable for a man to speak his mind in what may be perceived as a confrontational manner. Men today are simply taught that it is better to get along and to be politically correct than to stand with conviction against things in our society that are wrong, unjust, or immoral.
Democratic Presidential Candidate, John Edwards, once declared himself a metrosexual. That was before he got caught in an affair. A metrosexual, by the way, is a guy “…with money to spend, living in or within easy reach of a metropolis because that’s where all the best shops, clubs, gyms and hairdressers are.” That boy did more primping and curling than Dolly Parton!
But it is not just John Edwards who has developed a lack of testosterone. It is so fashionable to be feminized these days that some male oriented magazines offer lessons in what men ought to know such as how to clean a gun or bait a hook. There is even a rise in what people are calling “Man Camps” where guys can go to learn how to become…well…a man.
Is there no room for yesterday’s heroes like John Wayne or Clint Eastwood in today’s society? Do women these days prefer a softer more emotional man by their sides? I suspect that the answer to both questions is a resounding “no.” After all, if the answer were yes, there would be no need for “Man Camps.”
Where have we gone wrong, and what can be done about this trend in our society? Dare I say that it is time to man-up guys! You don’t have to discover your inner caveman, but it would be nice to take responsibility, speak your mind, and grow a backbone. We need positive male role models; and if you are a father, you need to become a dad to your children. Once you develop that relationship, take your kids—especially your sons—fishing, camping, and hunting. They should not have to flip through the pages of Maxim or GQ to learn these things!