CULTURAL CASTRATION | Masculinity Is Not Toxic

“We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.” – C.S. Lewis

I believe there is a danger in our society at the moment which has pathologically marginalized men and boys.

The ideology conveys that the masculine spirit is inconsequential, and should be replaced with more effeminate characteristics; that masculinity is inherently toxic and the antidote is… something, but nothing in particular.

Of course, it would be nice to conjure up some utopian notion of equality and peace where traditionally masculine traits are deemed antiquated and unnecessary. But, the world is calloused terrain, and passivity won’t defeat evil – history tells us that. Healthy communities depend on the leadership and bravery of good, strong, competent men.

For the first time in peacetime history of the United States, male life expectancy has decreased due to the number of suicides and overdoses. It is not obvious to me that this is because of some arbitrary type of hormonal authoritarianism. In part, it is because we have deserted our sacred connection with the primitive man; our ancient DNA that provides us a sense of fulfillment and purpose in being useful to our groups.

Stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression are on the chopping block of this cultural castration. It’s easy to identify what we can do without, but we haven’t considered what we are throwing out with the bathwater: The ability to control our emotions so not to make poor decisions, our drive for success; to provide and live a meaningful life with desired experiences, to not be taken advantage of and become a burden to others, to make opportunities happen and avoid being a victim of circumstance.

Abandoning masculinity is not the antidote to malevolence, but harnessing masculinity is in everyone’s best interest.


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