The New Avatars of Masculinity
Have you ever noticed that young men and boys only have fictional characters to learn the masculine ideal from? Besides their fathers, if they are still in the picture, the primary examples for boys on how a man should act come from fictional characters like Indiana Jones, Luke Skywalker or James Bond.
Why is that? Where are the real men accomplishing real things in the real world in real time that little boys can look up to and learn from? Could this be one reason that young men have extended their adolescence? Because they only have comic book heroes to emulate?
Learning to be a man by emulating real men doing real things in the real world has been replaced with fictional men doing fictional things in a fictional world (until Kathleen Kennedy replaces that toxic male character with a female character playing a caricature of what they think men are – GIRL POWER!).
Emulating fictional men as if they were real is also inherently dangerous because it puts the definition of masculine traits at the whim and fancy of the creators of pop culture and not actual examples of the masculine ideal.
But how did this happen?
Show me what your enemies attack and I will tell you what your enemies fear.
I propose that our enemies fear masculinity itself. Their attacks over so many decades through any number of vectors have been dedicated to diminishing or outright removing true masculinity from every aspect of our culture.
And no, I’m not claiming that the enemies of Liberty fall upon their fainting couches and clutch their pearls at the site Fabio or Rocky Balboa. What I am saying, however, is that our enemy fears what masculinity is innately capable of. Real men exhibiting true masculine traits are a threat to our enemy’s ultimate purpose: control.
And what is that singular ability that masculinity embodies? Is it beating women in swimming competitions? Or maybe it’s that we can opening pickle jar without pulling a muscle? Not quite.
Men’s superpower is that we have the singular ability to say, ‘no.’
- Men are explorers. ‘No’ to limitations.
- Men are philosophers. ‘No’ to ignorance.
- Men are entrepreneurs. ‘No’ to complacency.
- Men are warriors. ‘No’ to injustice.
Men are risk takers, plain and simple.
This, of course, poses a problem to our Imperial overlords. Slaves who excel at saying ‘no’ don’t make very good slaves, do they? Therefore, any fight against tyranny that masculinity might inspire or demand must be bred or beaten out of the disobedient man.
We saw a good example of our enemy’s attempt to beat the fight out of men when they charged Kyle Rittenhouse with murder in 2020. He was meant to be an example to anyone else who might also say ‘no’ to the destruction of their home. Or, more recently, Jordan Neely; the former marine who saved an entire subway car’s passengers when he said ‘no’ to a homeless maniac threatening violence.
But here’s the hysterically ironic part of the Rittenhouse/Neely examples: Our enemies succeeded. Rittenhouse and Neely’s actions were examples to millions of men about how we SHOULD act when threats present themselves to either our home or our tribe. We say ‘no!’
Notwithstanding punishing masculine instincts, masculinity has also been systematically bred out of our national character for quite a long time. Little boys are taught to be sensitive, ask for permission, seek approval.
Mother, May I?
But here’s the good news. We can remember our nature and there are men out there showing us how to do it. No longer are we relegated to the meager gruel of limp and inconsequential examples of manhood. All it takes is an example to emulate and then practice, that’s it.
The internet age has given voice and reach to new, real life, examples of maleness. The fake and plastic heroes we have now can finally be replaced with real men doing real things in the real world taking a real stand.
I call these men the new avatars of masculinity. They each individually illustrate the different facets that make up the masculine ideal. As our culture continues to define down the masculine into a harmless eunuch, these men have appeared within their own spheres as examples of what TRUE and REAL masculinity looks like. These men are:
- Dr. Jordan Peterson – The Intellectual
- Andrew Tate – The Warrior
- Donald Trump – The Entrepreneur
- Joe Rogan – The Adventurer
Each on this list represents a different facet of the larger masculine identity that lay hidden within each man. Each of us contains differing amounts of each of the characteristics that these avatars embody. If Myers-Briggs were to invent a personality test for men, these four avatars would form the four corners of the masculine identity.
So where does this leave us?
The time is now to remember and exercise your male identity. Leverage your God-given strengths of the masculine and simply begin saying, ‘no.’ And your practice runs don’t have to be Earth-shatteringly large. Small steps lead to big steps. Get comfortable with the word, enjoy its use; revel in it.
It does not matter that a lion’s mane has once been trimmed, he is a lion nevertheless, even if he has but briefly forgotten.
Pick your avatar, brother, and emulate his example.
Men! Ye be lions!
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