OK, guys. It's time we muscled up and strong-armed all of the media talk going around that we live in a "feminized" culture that denies men from being, well... men. And by men, I'm talking about an old fashioned free-swinging, snorting hulk of masculinity, sort of the Marlboro man before we learned that even tough guys can die of lung cancer.
There was the funereal lament, for example, of Brit Hume, the Fox news analyst, who traced Chris Christie's problems not to the George Washington Bridge but to the decline of hard-assed bullies like the governor who find it more and more troublesome these days to operate effectively in a patsy-fied culture.
Said Hume: "In this sort of feminized atmosphere in which we exist today, guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct, kind of old-fashioned tough guys, run some risks." (Hardly as risky, I'd say, than your people closing down the lanes to that bridge.)
Next, we find Nick Adams, the Australian author who has written a primer on how cowering men have been demasculated by feminists. (That sort of takes care of the Viagra cure, don't you think?)
Real men , he believes, shoot guns. It gets worse. In his interview on Fox & Friends, Adams was even asked by a worried Elisabeth Hasselbeck whether feminism and the endangered male was a serious threat to our national security and "strong presence globally". Adams said he was absolutely sure of that, without a doubt.
As one who spent some time in my childhood watching a couple of burly cousins arm-wrestling on the kitchen table to total exhaustion as one of Saturday night's lighter moments, I must say I now prefer a gentler, kinder role for my guys. Being manly about it, I'll take my chances on National Security.