It’s the worst nightmare for a “progressive” parent who loves Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton and obsesses over “rape culture.” Imagine a woman who spends her entire life trying to mold sons into good feminists who toe the party line, get girls to sign “enthusiastic consent forms” before getting that first kiss, and who generally act like chicks — imagine that mother getting rewarded with two Kekistani converts (wearing MAGA caps). That’s the fresh hell that Washington Post blogger Jody Allard finds herself in after trying in vain to raise pajama-wearing, testosterone-deficient, gender-fluid feminists.
How did this happen to a good leftist like Allard? Maybe it’s because she publishes things like this about her own sons in the Washington Post.
I never imagined I would raise boys who would become men like these. Men who deny rape culture, or who turn a blind eye to sexism. Men who tell me I’m being too sensitive or that I don’t understand what teenage boys are like….They don’t call each other out when they make sexist jokes or objectify women. It’s too uncomfortable to separate themselves from the pack so they continue to at least dip their toes into toxic masculinity…My sons who hate hearing about their own privilege nestle inside it like a blanket and accuse me of making up its existence. My sons are part of the problem.
Why is the Washington Post allowing this to be done to minor children, one of which suffers from depression?
Imagine what it must feel like to know if you ever end up in court your own mother is going to testify for the prosecution! When your own mom views your natural masculinity as “toxic,” it’s probably not going to foster a tight relationship or respect for her dearly held belief system. It’s sad to imagine teen boys in that terribly awkward time trying to figure out who they are and what their passion is while this woman is flogging them in the newspaper for the sins of rapists (even though they never raped anyone). Lady, high school is hard enough. Maybe you should refrain from blaming the world’s ills on your own flesh and blood. But that’s just me.
It gets worse. It appears that Allard wrote an article several years ago claiming one of her sons was suicidal and yet she continues to write about him as being culpable for rape culture. She’s done it again in a new article titled, “I’m Done Pretending Men are Safe (Even My Own Sons)”:
Allard admits that her sons are angry with her for writing about them through her rape-culture lenses.
My essay went semi-viral, and for the first time my sons encountered my words about them on their friends’ phones, their teachers’ computers, and even overheard them discussed by strangers on a crowded metro bus. It was one thing to agree to be written about in relative obscurity, and quite another thing to have my words intrude on their daily lives. One of my sons was hurt by my words, although he’s never told me so. He doesn’t understand why I lumped him and his brother together in my essay…He is angry at me now, although he won’t admit that either, and his anger led him to conservative websites and YouTube channels; places where he can surround himself with righteous indignation against feminists, and tell himself it’s ungrateful women like me who are the problem.
Well, if the shoe fits.
I write parenting articles and at times I use my experience with my own children. But when is it ever okay to publicly humiliate your children by accusing them of contributing to heinous crimes like rape when they have committed no crime? Let me save you some time on Google and answer this question: Never!
It’s no wonder that one of her sons (if not both) has sought solace and friendship somewhere where his maleness isn’t viewed as “toxic” but as normal, and where he isn’t attacked for not preaching to his friends about “enthusiastic consent” at every opportunity. I read the Reddit boards where kids like this end up regularly and their stories are similar and sad. But they have found friends and like-minded folks who don’t spend every waking hour trying to make them feel bad about themselves. In fact, the online Kekistani community spends a lot of time affirming masculinity and traditional male interests. This is the pendulum swing that is occurring after decades of feminist fails. All men are not rapists. Masculinity isn’t toxic, and in fact, the West was built by it. We love and affirm men here. Come on over, boys. You’re welcome here.
As for Allard, she needs to get to a psychiatrist to work out why she abuses her sons (in print) in lieu of the man or men who hurt her. Because this garbage is terrifying.
I know I’m not supposed to cast an entire sex with a single paint brush — not all men, I’m sure some readers are thinking and preparing to type or tweet. But if it’s impossible for a white person to grow up without adopting racist ideas, simply because of the environment in which they live, how can I expect men not to subconsciously absorb at least some degree of sexism? White people aren’t safe, and men aren’t safe, no matter how much I’d like to assure myself that these things aren’t true…I’m through wasting my time on people who are more interested in ideas than feelings, and I’m through pretending these people, these men, are safe.