Monday, October 27, 2014

Is the Do-It-Yourself Man’s Man Dead?

I’m reading an article this morning about how Do-It-Yourself, or DIY, projects (e.g. home improvement, etc.) are on a serious decline in Great Britain.

The UK’s Telegraph writes, “… undeniably, today’s 20- and 30-somethings don’t seem to possess your traditional “dad skills.” The dismal fact that a mere five per cent of 18-24s would attempt to unblock a sink doesn’t bode well for humanity – unless you’re a plumber.”

More than likely, a lot of that stems from humanity’s technological advances over the last few decades, which have made us both increasingly capable of accomplishing artistic endeavors and increasingly lazy of performing anything manual. But the Telegraph has another theory to throw out there in the blame game. And it’s kinda interesting…

In asking “whether the decline in DIY is actually indicative of a deeper malaise in masculinity,” it reminisces how “DIY used to make us feel manly. We’d chuck on a tool belt, press our power drill’s trigger – perhaps while growling – and feel the testosterone course through our veins.

“The trouble is, being a man – in the old-fashioned sense – is deeply unfashionable… these days. At some point this century, bombarded by an agonizingly right-on, feminist, PC doctrine through the liberal media, many men decided it was time to stop being men and embrace their inner sister.”

Note three key words in there: “agonizingly right-on.” The fact that the Telegraph is calling society’s emasculation even remotely appropriate shows that it’s part of that “liberal media” too.

Yet even this news source is lamenting how, “as we lost our rough edges and took on more of what had traditionally been regarded as female roles, no one really stopped to question whether equality for women came with a cost for masculinity. If everything overtly ‘masculine’ is dismissed as sexist, what’s left of men is, arguably, sexless.”

Yeah. Either that or exceptionally confused.

Admittedly, this is a British paper opining on British culture. And British men are notoriously pansies compared to the American male since they’ve had more practice at being liberal dimwits.

Let’s face it though: Mankind isn’t so manly over here in the U.S. either these days.

I’m not saying we should encourage cave-man mentality. But there is a healthy stage somewhere between men clubbing women on the head and dragging them off by the hair… and this rather useless brand of wimp we’re pushing now.

Personally, I’m all for men fixing things. The more they want to do those Do-It-Yourself projects, the more time I have to focus on accomplishing my own goals.

Which, incidentally, is what feminism is supposed to be about. Isn’t it?

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