No, Michael Ian Black, America’s boys are not broken The problem really is that that not enough men are real men.

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By Lynn Woolley

The actor and comedian writes in the New York Times that America’s boys are broken and it’s killing us. Black points out that the two things that school shooters have in common are guns – and boys.

He’s right about that, but his reasoning is typically left-wing. 

ichael Ian Black at the May 2015 Montclair Film Festival (Wikipedia)

Like a typical feminist college professor, he believes boys are trapped in an outdated model of masculinity. He doesn’t like the idea of measuring masculinity in terms of strength where there is no way to be vulnerable. And because of that, we guys shoot people up when we feel rage.

Maybe Black thinks that we should do away with gender and simply “identify” as whatever we want. Instead of raging, a guy could put on some high heels and get in touch with his feminine side. I doubt that would stop shootings. But it would tear apart the concept of gender that makes boys and girls special.

Black appears to be anti-Trump, and that tells us a lot.

His Wikipedia entry gives us clues as to his ideology:

Black’s parents are Jewish, but he is an atheist. He stated that he did not personally experience anti-Semitism until the political rise of Donald Trump.

Really? How interesting that he thinks Trump has caused a surge in anti-Semitism. This is strange since Trump has Jewish people in his family and since he supports Israel far more that the obviously anti-Israel Barack Obama did.

But liberals hate Trump. We get that. Far more disturbing his is idea that boys should not be boys.

Apparently, men should not be men either.

In his Times piece, he laments that girls have had the advantage of a movement – and they now understand that they can do anything and be anything. (That’s not entirely true. Some woman can’t be firemen – er, firewomen, and so far, no women have been successful in the National Football League. But we know what libs mean when they say this.)

He writes that boys are in some kind of sexual purgatory and they can’t get out!

Too many boys are trapped in the same suffocating, outdated model of masculinity, where manhood is measured in strength, where there is no way to be vulnerable without being emasculated, where manliness is about having power over others. They are trapped, and they don’t even have the language to talk about how they feel about being trapped, because the language that exists to discuss the full range of human emotion is still viewed as sensitive and feminine.

So, as a male (don’t let the name “Lynn” fool you; I am quite male), what am I supposed to do when I feel trapped in the current model of masculinity? Get my nails done with one of those little palm trees painted on my big toes?

I have emotions. I cried big tears when my parents died. I was emotionally distraught. But I never felt the need to shoot up a school. I wasn’t looking for a way to be “vulnerable.” I was distraught over the loss of my mom and dad in two and half month’s time. I didn’t need any special language to express myself. They were my rocks. They were suddenly gone, and hell yes, I cried.

Men get distraught about a lot of things. Trouble in their marriages. Jobs that are not easy to find. Children that don’t act as we’d like. Bad grades in school. Cars that don’t run right. Why do we have to act like women when something bad happens to us?

This brilliant argument landed Black on national Public Radio (NPR) where Lulu Garcia-Navarro asked him if he’s run into some disagreement:

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Some have pushed back at this argument, saying men and boys are taught that masculinity is bad now, that being male is a bad thing to be. And that’s the reason they’re floundering.

BLACK: Yeah.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: How do you respond to that?

BLACK: I obviously disagree. But I think I understand what they’re getting at. And I think what they mean in this instance is a kind of positive aggression and positive strength. But, again, from my point of view, that’s a very narrow slice of what masculinity can be and should be. When we talk about, you know, sensitive men or even something like a stay-at-home dad, even if we don’t mean to, there is a slight judgment associated with that. And I think men sense that. And the reaction is to shut off or to escape into rage.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: What would it mean, in your view, to create a healthy model of masculinity?

BLACK: I don’t know. I mean, I really don’t.

It’s not so much that Black has an opinion.

It’s that the entire Left, and certainly most of academia, feels as he does. They all seem to think that men are no damn good and women are oppressed and mistreated. That formed the basis of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The fact that she lost should tell us something.

Video: Black goes on CNN with Christiane Amanpour about what he sees as a “broken” model for masculinity

If Black is wrong, and the problem is not “boys” then what causes the shootings?

The short answer is that some people — typically males because they are wired differently from females – think their lives stink and go off the deep end. There are other factors.

One is mental illness. Real mental illness. Charles Whitman, the University of Texas Tower shooter, had a brain tumor. Beyond that, our society promotes violence and has been dumping on males for years.

Note that TV shows like the Walking Dead (which I watch, but still have never shot up a school), slasher movies, and video games are violent in the extreme. Hollywood now has CG effects to show us in great detail every inch of rotting flesh or bullets piercing the human brain. Most of us can deal with this – but maybe some of us can’t. Hollywood operates under the First Amendment, but would it hurt them to make movies more like we did in the Humphrey Bogart and John Wayne era?

And, yes, men are the butt of jokes on sitcoms, TV commercials, and in college classrooms while women are now esteemed. Years ago, a tennis commercial ran during Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in which a woman uses her strong forehand during a volley and hits her presumed husband in the head knocking him silly. There is no way the man in that TV commercial was going to come out of it looking good. Political correctness holds that the female must be the dignified one.

So, what IS a man?

The Simpsons (c) FOX and Matt Groening

In our feminized, politically correct, de-gendered society, it’s hard to remember when boys were boys and parents and teachers realized they were different from girls.  Physically, they still are – even if some of them get nips and tucks and try to be something they’re not and never will be.

Boys are no longer taught to be boys. Boys are hammers and nails and puppy dog tails. Girls are sugar and spice and everything nice. We ought to get back to that. I mentioned my parents. They both died in 1986 and missed the homosexual revolution and the transgender movement. My mom was lady. She cooked the meals. My dad got up in the morning and went to work. If the car was broken, he’s the one that got under the hood to fix it. They saw that as normal. So do I.

The problem really is that that not enough men are real men.

Guys – we’re not girls. We’re men. And in so being, if we love a woman, we are bound to protect her. We are always there for her. That includes your mother, your grandmother, your sister, your wife, your aunt – all the women in your life. We take care of the women in our lives – even if they are strong women. We open doors for them. We tell them they look nice.

We do not impregnate them and then leave them behind to raise a child. We become fathers at the moment of conception. We stay. We take care of that child. We partner with our girlfriend or (hopefully) wife to raise that child. We team up with her to nurture it – she in her feminine way and us in our masculine way. We get a job. We provide. Sometimes, we go to college and sometimes we enter the armed forces. We do what is required of us.

We no not, as Black suggests, look for ways to be vulnerable. We accept responsibility. We do the right thing. That’s what makes us men.

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