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The real reason Tucker Carlson’s talking about your balls

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  1. dubteedub
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    Link to the Tucker Carlson "The End of Men" clip being discussed - https://twitter.com/NikkiMcR/status/1515130557675581442. The ball tanning clip -...

    Link to the Tucker Carlson "The End of Men" clip being discussed - https://twitter.com/NikkiMcR/status/1515130557675581442.

    The ball tanning clip - https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1515817464533291018

    Good excerpt from this article:

    As for Carlson’s viewers who aren’t brimming with confidence about their place as enforcers of the social order, the clip targets their personal insecurities. This, again, is by design. Dr. Eric Knowles, an associate professor of psychology at New York University and a researcher of social identity and political behavior, points to the video’s theme of hegemonic masculinity – the idea that men’s physical strength justifies their place atop the social hierarchy – as both aspirational and a tool to be used to make Carlson’s audience feel more insecure about their status as men.

    “The inherent precarity of masculinity – that sense that ‘real man’ status is tenuous and always in need of evidence – leads men to say, ‘I can’t take this for granted; I’ve got to prove to myself and others that this is the kind of man I am.’ This precarity, this need to prove masculinity, is amplified by the video’s suggestion that men are at risk of emasculation by unstated cultural forces,” Knowles tells Rolling Stone.

    It feels like all of this is just so straightforward and obvious in that it is preying on some insecure men's feelings that they are not masculine enough that I am kind of shocked. I want to believe that Fox News voters are not that gullible and predictable, but I know I would be dead wrong.

    Combined with the attacks on LGBT people and the insane belief being promoted by bigots that gay or trans people are "grooming" children and feminizing our men, it feels like this is all going to come to ahead sooner rather than later and will end in violence. Republicans and the right in general are trying to make men so afraid and insecure that they will go out and attack those they view as damaging to their fragile psyche.

    It is terrifying to see this play out.

    11 votes
  2. knocklessmonster
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    Masculinity is the easiest lever to pull. It's why we call people "pussy" or "limp dick" or many other things, which don't bear repeating here. The connection has always been there, not that it...

    Masculinity is the easiest lever to pull. It's why we call people "pussy" or "limp dick" or many other things, which don't bear repeating here.

    The connection has always been there, not that it seems anybody is trying to say it is new, but this version of locker room masculinity as policy is definitely dangerous. Even this isn't entirely new, but it has turned into what it is today.

    8 votes
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    What if this glorification of the more toxic aspects of traditional masculinity isn't a rising tide that will overwhelm society, but rather the loud, angry death throes of an outdated worldview?...

    What if this glorification of the more toxic aspects of traditional masculinity isn't a rising tide that will overwhelm society, but rather the loud, angry death throes of an outdated worldview?

    Similar to the way bigotry has fought back, gained a little ground, but ultimately lost at each civil rights advancement going back to before the industrial era. Probably going back to the fertile crescent.

    It's a nice thought anyway, post Trump/Brexit et al. it's hard to feel sure about it.

    5 votes
    1. rosco
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      Boy, wouldn't that be great.

      What if this glorification of the more toxic aspects of traditional masculinity isn't a rising tide that will overwhelm society, but rather the loud, angry death throes of an outdated worldview?

      Boy, wouldn't that be great.

      5 votes