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08-17-2012, 10:25 PM
"Make no mistake: All this Ayn Rand libertarian me-first-and-the-rest-of-you-go-to-hell stuff — the there’s-no-government-like-no-government theology that’s now being piously intoned as Holy Received Truth by everybody, male and female, in the GOP — is, very precisely, the kind of politics you’d come up with if you were a 16-year-old boy trying to explain away his dependence on Mom."
<span style='font-size: 14pt'>How the Ayn Rand-loving right is like a bunch of teenage boys gone crazy</span>
http://open.salon.com/blog/awop/2012/05/...boys_gone_crazy (http://open.salon.com/blog/awop/2012/05/17/how_the_ayn_rand-loving_right_is_like_a_bunch_of_teenage_boys_gone_ crazy)
Gayle in MD
08-18-2012, 12:42 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> How to Tell the Men From the Boys
Conservatives completely fetishize masculinity. They idolize sports heroes, warriors and the Manly Jesus of modern evangelicalism. They eagerly seek the trappings that will buttress their sense of maleness in their own minds — guns, big trucks, enough money and power to push other people around. The further right you go, the more exaggerated this focus on hypermasculinity becomes.
Psychiatrist Stephen Ducat explained this phenomenon at long length in his book, The Wimp Factor. Ducat’s research shows that right-wing men are so obsessed with the external trappings of maleness precisely because they’ve failed to develop the inner qualities and accept the obligations that are required of actual adult men. It’s all show, with nothing solid on the inside to back it up. And the more fragile their masculinity feels to them, the more exaggerated the outer display they put on is.
Given the insecurity that lies at the heart of this sad compensation, it’s especially ironic that they’ve got the whole country buffaloed into thinking this is appropriate adult behavior. We’ve ended up with a culture of maleness that emphasizes the objectification and degredation of women, a lack of male accountability for anything that happens in the culture and a definition of masculinity that’s all about empty shows of dubious might — like peacocks preening on parade.
For the record: This is a comic-book stereotype of manhood as it’s imagined by little boys. But it’s not the real deal — not even close.
The essential difference that separates the men and the boys is that men understand and accept that they have an obligation to the greater good and are willing to unflinchingly step up to that responsibility. They commit to their families. They work to improve their homes and communities so they’re safe and nurturing places for everyone to be. They take the long view as they plan for their kids’ future. They look out for people around them who are weaker than they are. And they respect and cherish the co-parents of their children as their equal partners in that effort.
This is the perfect description of the Repiglican bullies who are held up as real men and leaders of their party!
Psychological studies are right in line with the profile, as well.
Checked out the link inside the Salon link for the book entitled, The Whimp Factor.
We are facing the same phenomenom now, of the potentially disastrous consequences of giving power to another George W. Bush, in Mitt Romney's quest to be president....another psychologically damaged son of the Millionaire Da Da, who is trying to compensate for having to follow the history of a whimp-labeled father's failures, no matter how many wars he must launch to accomplish it!
Brings that real and present danger of a Romney Presidency fully to the forefront! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cry.gif
Not that I hadn't thought about this before! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif
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