Right-wingers have been following the Harvey Weinstein news and have concluded that the solution to sexual predation in Hollywood is … men.
RedState’s Kimberly Ross writes:
In The Wake Of Weinstein, Masculinity Isn’t The Problem; It’s The Solution
… Among the many roles a man has is that of protector. We have seen men fill this role countless times in society. Closer to home, we see it in the many good men who we have in each of our lives: fathers, brothers, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
… Examples of true masculinity are either reinforced or shattered in childhood. Thankfully, I grew up in a home with loving parents. Each day I realize the blessing of this upbringing in a world where it is becoming increasingly rare. My father, a compassionate and strong man, exemplified true masculinity in the ways he cared for and tenderly loved his wife and three children. He showed it (and continues to show it) by helping the less fortunate, giving of his time to those who need it, protecting the weak, being respectful to everyone, treating women as a gentleman should, and providing for and sacrificing for his family.
Whether those desiring to push narratives want to admit it or not, these are more individuals like my exemplary father than there are Harvey Weinsteins.
I’m puzzled — in one paragraph Ross says fathers like hers are “increasingly rare,” then in the next paragraph she says there are more men like her father than there are Harvey Weinsteins. Isn’t she contradicting herself?
We will never combat the Weinsteins of this world by punishing masculinity. Instead, our best defense against creating monsters like this is to support the honorable men in our lives (such as my exceptional father), be grateful for their influence, and train up the next generation to follow their lead and journey down the same path.
So we have to rely on “exceptional,” “increasingly rare” men to save us. Oh, and they’ll save us by acting as “protectors” of women. I guess we can’t have genuine female autonomy without having sexual predation. Every women has to be “protected” by a gentleman (or several).
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PJ Media’s Tom Knighton echoes this, while also promoting his own career:
… Writer Kimberly Ross hits the nail on the head.
Last year, I released a book on masculinity in which I outlined, among other things, the three roles of men: the Provider, the Professor, and the Protector.
It’s the last of these that Ross brings up, and she’s right. It does apply perfectly….
Through it all, we’ve seen only a handful of cases of anyone doing or saying anything.
Brad Pitt is reported to have threatened Weinstein with a “Missouri whooping” after the producer pulled his act with Pitt’s then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow. Seth MacFarlane admits a joke he made at Weinstein’s expense while hosting the Oscars was made out of malice.
That’s about it.
… Developing a muscular physique and perfect hair is not what it takes to act like a real man. Delivering on that “Missouri whooping” Pitt offered would have been a start.
At the very least, a real man would have stepped up and told the world about Weinstein. But the idea of masculinity has been warped, so that most of these Hollywood men didn’t even realize that standing up for Weinstein’s victims was their responsibility as males.
Why is this a specifically male responsibility? Because it doesn’t count unless a man makes the accusation? What’s Knighton’s point here, apart from trying to sell a few more copies of his masculinity book?
One woman who tried to blow the whistle on Weinstein went to the cops and wore a wire to incriminate him. She was threatened and discredited, because Weinstein had too much power. Do Ross and Knighton disapprove? Should only men have endeavored to take down Weinstein, perhaps with a series of “whoopings”?
But I keep forgetting: The right-wing media operates on the “always be closing” principle — that is, conservative writers should always use the news to sell right-wing talking points. In this case, the talking point is “female independence sucks and culturally conservative patriarchy rules.” Maybe next we’ll hear that Hollywood needs more father-daughter purity balls.
Crossposted at No More Mr. Nice Blog