October 8, 2020
Identifying the Fundamental Difference Between Toxic and Healthy Masculinity
Besides the tenets of radical feminism (born from the male-dominated Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, which I like to remind everybody whenever I’m presented with the opportunity to do so), toxic masculinity is the complete inversion of good and *healthy* masculinity. One example being the world of Mad Max – a dystopian society evocative of the process of heightened Darwinian selection. With MM arguably being the visual personification of a world in which might makes absolute right at *any* cost, it conveys an utter disregard for the sanctity of life and nature with its self-destructive will for unbridled carnage in the pursuit of individualistic power and material gain. Hence it could be said that it represents an all-too extreme and therefore “toxic” expression of masculinity which is fundamentally psychopathic in nature. To me, the world of Mad Max illustrates this perfectly, albeit in a somewhat caricatured sense. I’m sure some left-wing academics would like to draw a parallel between MM and the Milton Friedman-esque viewpoint in regards to the free market economy, but I’m not going there. I’ll leave that to Zizek.
The expression of healthy masculinity, however, is that which is concerned with the protection and preservation of life (and nature) in addition to a willful strive towards creating a better, safer and more productive future for our chosen inheritants. Which is of course paramount to maintaining all that is good from within the societies our ancestors created (and which we of current generations have an obligation to maintain, I might add). Just like healthy and non-toxic femininity, masculinity is a sacred thing. And without which we wouldn’t have the privileges modern society has, regrettably, not merely come to take for granted but also grown to despise in many if not all ways, for the intrinsically masculine nature of the pursuit of political, economic, scientific and metaphysical progress – while, yes, not explicitly concerned with empathy and compassion – is precisely what has granted us the privileges with which we’ve been bestowed to attack it with in the first place. Ironic.
I believe that on some primordial level we all know this, whether we choose to acknowledge it or not. So it should therefore go without saying that masculinity and femininity form together a complementary binary, *not* an adversarial one.
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