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Is hypo-masculinity the new normal?

Monday, June 21st, 2010

a href=”http://dailycaller.com/2010/06/20/in-defense-of-the-father/#ixzz0rV6hKKfV”Anchorman at span style=”font-style:italic;”The Daily Caller/span:/a “In defense of the father”:br /br /blockquoteThere is also a polar-opposite twin to hypermasculinity, brought on by the absence of male role models: “hypo-masculinity,” the absence of masculinity. And, again, portrayals of it abound in popular culture and everyday life: Metro-sexualism, the sensitive male, the banning of dodge ball, padded playgrounds, back and chest waxing, feminized scents and colognes, TV commercials that portray the father figure as buffoonish, incompetent or absent.br /br /But there’s another manifestation that’s more troubling, and its track record is now undeniable. Author and therapist Michael Gurian writes about it in his book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470243376?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0470243376″”The Purpose of Boys.”/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0470243376″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /br /br /“Girls outperform boys in nearly every academic area. Many of the old principles of education are diminished. In a classroom of 30 kids, about five boys will begin to fail in the first few years of pre-school and elementary school. By fifth grade, they will be diagnosed as learning disabled, ADD/ADHD, behaviorally disordered or “unmotivated.” They will no longer do their homework (though they may say they are doing it), they will disrupt class or withdraw from it, they will find a few islands of competence (like video games or computers) and overemphasize those….. Once a person sees a PET or SPECT scan of a boy’s brain and a girl’s brain, showing the different ways these brains learn, they understand. As one teacher put it to me, “Wow, no wonder we’re having so many problems with boys.”br //blockquotebr /br /The article makes a good point about the prevalence and problems of hypo-masculinity. Even the government seems to be in on the hypo-masculinity game. Reader Mathew sent in a link to the government site a href=”http://fatherhood.gov/”Fatherhood.gov/a where Barack Obama’s smiling face is on the front page sharing his “fatherhood message.” In the media highlights, “good dads” are portrayed as a man a href=”http://fatherhood.gov/media/305/3″getting a manicure/a from his daughter and another dad a href=”http://fatherhood.gov/media/303/3″doing a cheerleading routine/a with his daughter. br /br /Is this the President’s vision of American manhood?

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Toothless Sanctions on Iran, Part 47

Monday, June 21st, 2010 - by Ryan Mauro

Iran's mocking response to the latest UN sanctions is, unfortunately, right on the money.

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The Euro and EUtopia

Monday, June 21st, 2010 - by Roger Kimball

The euro was part of the European elites' grand EUtopian master-plan. In other words, a prescription for immiseration and political ruin.

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Obama’s Straws and Our Tired Back

Monday, June 21st, 2010 - by Victor Davis Hanson

Right now, millions of voters are quietly fuming and saying to themselves: “OK, enough is enough. That’s one too many straws, and I am going to take it out on them in November.”

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Rahm Emanuel to Leave White House?

Monday, June 21st, 2010 - by Richard Fernandez

Who is ditching whom? Is the White House chief of staff firing a shot across the president's bow or is the president telling Rahm to get with the program?

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Lenin Does Vegas!

Monday, June 21st, 2010 - by Ron Radosh

What happens in the decadent capitalist city of Las Vegas, stays in the decadent capitalist city of Las Vegas, comrade.

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Greens: Apologize to High-Yield Farmers!

Monday, June 21st, 2010 - by Dennis T. Avery

Studies show that modern farming techniques — reviled by environmentalists — not only saved billions from starvation, but are tremendously more eco-friendly than "organic" farming practices.

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News of Rahm-Obama Split Identical to Trotsky-Stalin Reports

Monday, June 21st, 2010 - by Oleg Atbashian

"Baffled by the eerie resemblance of the two documents, some experts predict that the uncanny parallel may indeed develop ... "

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BREAKING: Radicals, Islamists, and Longshoremen Blockade Israeli Ship in Oakland

Sunday, June 20th, 2010 - by Zombie

Organized by a rogues’ gallery of nearly every communist, anti-Israel, and radical Islamist group in the Bay Area, today's blockade is the opening of another front in the war on Israel.

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Happy Father’s Day

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Happy Father’s Day to all my readers out there who are dads. Is it my imagination or are there more commercials and signs up this year that have positive portrayals of Dads? I saw a commercial last night talking about how wonderful Dads were and hope this is the beginning of change.

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The Leap of Leadership

Sunday, June 20th, 2010 - by Michael S. Malone

Leadership, I’ve come to believe, is not about knowledge, but character.

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The Blissful Opiate of the Masses

Sunday, June 20th, 2010 - by Mike LaSalle

For the authors of the new book, God's Brain, religion is the cure to the twin diseases of nihilism and cold enlightenment.

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What I Saw at the Lakers Riots

Sunday, June 20th, 2010 - by Jack Dunphy

If you thought L.A.'s mayor and police brass learned from last year's embarrassment, you are not a police officer, certainly not one with the LAPD.

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My Evening with Bill Ayers, Cindy Sheehan, and Some Creepy Communist Lady

Sunday, June 20th, 2010 - by Kyle Stone

A Chicago-area library hosts a skin-crawling night of violent, dopey, and crazy. (With video!)

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Do the Benefits of Wal-Mart Outweigh Its Drawbacks?

Sunday, June 20th, 2010 - by Clayton E. Cramer

The sheer size of the international retailer means good news for consumers. But what about the way employees are treated? Or the store's ruthless competitive practices?

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PJM Political 06/19/10: Mistah Cronkite, He Dead

Saturday, June 19th, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Is the Real News Dead? It's certainly pining for the fjords these days, as Michael Ledeen, Roger L. Simon, Avi Davis, Scott Baker, and Ed Driscoll discuss, in a wrap-up of last week's conference at Pepperdine. Plus Glenn Reynolds and Mickey Kaus. Hosted by the Vodkapundit himself, Steve Green.

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Should an American Citizen be Forced to Live Under Sharia Law?

Saturday, June 19th, 2010 - by Phyllis Chesler

An American mother, trapped in Bahrain by an abusive ex-husband who won't let their daughter leave the country, pleads for help.

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Teens in Tech

Saturday, June 19th, 2010 - by Scott Budman

Meet Spencer Schoeben, Silicon Valley CEO. His age? 15-years-old.

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Apologizing for Obama’s Serial Apologies

Saturday, June 19th, 2010 - by David Solway

The next president will have to embark once again on a worldwide “reset” campaign, apologizing to America’s allies for the shabby treatment meted out to them by Obama.

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In an England Suburb, Teaching the Kids Jihad and Jew Hatred

Saturday, June 19th, 2010 - by Carol Gould

Carol Gould attends a school seminar or terrorism, and finds they have the kids hating Jews and the West early and often these days.

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Bounty Hunters, Soldiers of Fortune, and Mercenaries for God

Saturday, June 19th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

Gary Faulkner, recently arrested in Pakistan claiming he wanted to kill Osama bin Laden, isn't the only American engaged in an extra-legal manhunt for bad guys.

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The Fatal Follies of Containment

Friday, June 18th, 2010 - by Michael Ledeen

We're in a real shooting war with Iran. We have to admit it.

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Barton’s ‘Shakedown’ Comment: Tone Deaf … and Correct

Friday, June 18th, 2010 - by Jazz Shaw

The congressman may turn out to be the one who pointed out that the emperor was strolling around buck naked. (Read more from Roger Kimball here.)

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Friday, June 18th, 2010

a href=”http://drwes.blogspot.com/2010/06/day-after.html”Dr. Wes discusses/a the effects of the Medicare cuts that went through.

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The PIIGS Who Fell to Earth

Friday, June 18th, 2010 - by James C. Bennett

James C. Bennett, former UPI correspondent and author of The Anglosphere Challenge, imagines Angela Merkel calling a few of her closest friends in the highest offices about the financial crisis engulfing the governments of Europe.

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