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  #184 New October 23rd, 2019 03:24 PM
A couple of days ago, a conservative columnist started up a series of columns about the "firearms every man had to own in order to retain his man card." Now, I strongly suspect that the said individual never bothered to think about how many men in this country do not personally own firearms, without even considering those is other countries where firearm ownership is strictly limited. Then there is the fact that, so far, his list is up to 6 and counting, which means that even more men who do own firearms do not qualify as "men" per his definition. First, I do own firearms, none of which make his list, so far, and I suspect none of them will. However, to actually have all of the weapons currently listed, you are going to have to have a pretty good 6 figure plus income. So by his definition, there are not a lot of "men" in this country. and indeed, on the planet. I also have the view that any male who feels that he needs to own a firearm to be a "man" has a serious insecurity problem.

I have also had a speaker on the church Men's Retreat define a "man" as someone who is an outdoors type, builds his own deck, shed, and house addition, and in general has much more interest in the outdoors and being physically active that using his brain indoors. That guy must have gotten more than just me ticked off, as I have heard that he made the "do not invite back" list. His comments pretty much ruled out two-thirds, at least, of his audience as being "men". Most of the men at the retreat were either retired or worked in an office.

Then there was the "jock" seminary student who told me that "real men" do not ever ask for help, and that I should stop asking for help when I was having problems getting around the campus. I have often wondered since if he has ever found himself in a situation when he needed help, but was bound by his own views not to ask for it. That comment did end the carpool with him. He really did not want to associate with someone who had to use crutches to get around. I guess that it threatened his manhood.

The morale of all of this is that there are some pretty screwy ideas about what constitutes a "Man" in todays culture, without even straying into the more far-fetched liberal views.
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#3 November 5th, 2019 12:46 PM
timerover51 Says:
Thank you both for your comments. I think that Real Men do not worry too much about what other men think of them, and that real men do what is needed when it is needed. I doubt if any of the three guys I mentioned ever had to stop life support measures on their first-born son, or know that none of them have had deal with pain for 43 years and counting. As for the firearms, when you buy one you have the responsibility of using it wisely, whether for hunting, self-defense, or just the enjoyment of shooting. Personally, I get a kick out of punching a bunch of closely spaced holes in a target, whether it be with a .22, a .357 Magnum, or a .30-06. I still need to use a shotgun though. I never have fired one, and that does need to be corrected.
#2 November 5th, 2019 12:22 PM
Nice to see sone rational firearms ownership. Rock on, go you.
#1 October 28th, 2019 09:08 PM
SpaceBadger Says:
I remember in college reading an article somewhere (Esquire?) entitled, "Real Men Don't Eat Quiche!" The article was intended to be humorous, but was the beginning, AFAIR, of the term, "quiche-eater," as a pejorative. Around that same time, early 1980s, was the spread of the anti-gay notion that, "real men don't wear pink!" My response to both slogans was that, so far as there existed any such thing as a Real Man beyond the obvious basic anatomy, said Real Men would no doubt eat or wear whatever the heck they liked, with no fear for the opinions of fashionable sheeple.
 


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