Male Feminist Declares: 'End Chivalry Now'
All parents worry about failing their child. But a disturbing number of parents with access to opinion pages are worrying that their children, specifically their sons, will grow up to be awful human beings. Namely, they’ll obviously sexually harass women. Intentionally or unintentionally, it doesn’t matter; what matters is these people are sure their sons will grow up to be perverts. And they feel a desperate need (driven, no doubt, by the 15 minutes of fame they can garner off of the #MeToo hashtag) to share their fears with the entire world. (Alexa, can you say "Wayback Machine" and "personal humiliation"?)
Writing at The New York Times, college professor and parenting author (that’s right, the guy wrote a book on fatherhood – not the book, thank God) David McGlynn expresses the dread of many a contemporary liberal American:
The thought of either of my two sons harassing or assaulting another person, or being victims themselves, is enough to keep me up at night. Any parent is likely to share my worry.
Actually, as the parent of two sons, I’m pretty sure most parents worry that their kids will keep them up at night. You know, goofing off in their room past bedtime; needing to pee; stressing out over finals. Not, necessarily, contemplating how they’ll target and sexually harass women five, ten, or twenty years down the road. But, okay McGlynn, whatever floats your strange boat.
He cites experts who claim that the majority of girls leaving middle school have been sexually harassed. His sons, both middle-school age, are therefore prime suspects of perversion. As I can recall, middle school was an age of gross awkwardness where sex was concerned. While every class had its share of gross boys and girls, it could easily be argued that the fault lay squarely on the shoulders of an administration far too anxious to see 11-year-olds apply condoms to bananas. I can only imagine that in the #MeToo era, one goofball boy so much as giggling over a condom while making eye contact with a girl across the aisle is grounds for sexual harassment. If so, God help the kid whose parents actually let him watch Animal House.
McGlynn takes political correctness one step further, citing yet another expert who says we need to stop teaching boys to be “chivalrous”:
…the idea that women should be cherished and put on pedestals fosters what’s known as benevolent sexism, which subtly demeans women as fragile and less competent. It reinforces a sexual script in which a man takes charge while a woman remains passive.
That’s right: Stop teaching boys that women are to be valued and cherished to the point that you’d want to do things for them. That’s rude.