Today, Mark Rose says “Feminists ostracize masculinity in men while at the same time trying to make themselves appear more masculine.”
Lord knows, the evidence of my trying to make myself appear more masculine is all over this blog. So, you know, I wondered maybe if I was just half-failing as a feminist. Maybe, at least, I was succeeding in ostracizing masculinity in men. So, I wandered over to the blog of the man I spend the most time with and what do I find?
Roger Abramson accusing him of being too manly for liberalism:
I found it interesting, for instance, that you (Mack) were one of the prime defenders of the masculine rite of pointing out attractive women to other men, given your generally lefty tendencies. NOTE: I didn’t say it was necessarily incompatible with those tendencies, just interesting. Even more interesting is the fact that that’s not the first time you’ve taken a very strident traditionally “masculine” point of view on something (I remember you getting bent out of shape when I half-jokingly suggested that men should be allowed to carry handbags or purses around–would make it a lot easier to carry our junk with us). You are, in fact, much more traditionally masculine than a lot of male conservative bloggers. [Emphasis mine.]
Well, fuck me. This day was going so well and now I find out that I’m a failure as a feminist.
Well, that’s it. I’m growing a handlebar mustache and… and… well, I’m not exactly sure how one ostracizes masculinity, but the second I do, I’m all over ostracizing Mack’s a little bit, just for the sake of our local conservative bloggers.
Edited to add: Wait a second! Do you think “ostracize masculinity” is a euphemism for some kind of sexual position conservatives think liberals engage in? We should have a contest. The person who comes up for the best description of what a straight woman does to a straight man when she “ostracizes his masculinity” wins. I don’t really have anything for you to win, but I would be happy to crochet you something.