Tuesday, February 08, 2011

I am not alpha male

One of the most hilarious bits the Rush Limbaugh show has had, IMO, was a parody of Al Gore's attempt in the 2000 elections to--at the recommendation of feminist (?) icon Naomi wolf--position himself as "Alpha Male."  In true Paul Shanklin fashion, Gore was positioned as a leaden-voiced wimp whose attempts to convince himself (and presumably the electorate) that he's an "alpha male" led to Tipper's conclusion that he'd been doing some serious drinking.

Why do I mention this?  Well, apparently there is something out there called the "manosphere" where "men" (loosely speaking) speak of how horrible the world is for men, tell of how women won't commit to marriage, and describe how their escape is more or less to mimic the behavior of wolves, chimpanzees, and baboons in the epic struggle for leadership of the pack or troop--presumably while flinging poo or something like that.

The outgrowth of this move doesn't really look like this, sad to say, as at least real alpha males have the decency to try to protect the females of the pack.   There is, however, ample flinging of poo and fighting for control, resulting in what can only be described as Hobbesian nightmare for all involved, or worse yet a typical singles bar scene. 

Again, no insult intended here to wolves, chimpanzees, baboons, or Thomas Hobbes.

Now with all due respect to Naomi Wolf, Thomas Hobbes, and others, it has occurred to me that (appearances aside) people really aren't meant to act like baboons, wolves, or chimpanzees.  Somehow it seems that 6000 years of "one man one woman" marriage for life has provided wonderful protection for most men and women against the barbarities of those who, like many in the "boyosphere" and Al Gore, would like to pretend that they ought to be the sheikh with a large harem.

So if anyone in the "boyosphere," or sympathetic to it, is out there reading this, suffice it to say that it's about time you left Hobbes behind and started reading some Calvin.  Man up, and come to grips with God's design for us in Genesis.  And put that down and wash your hands.  It's disgusting!


Palm boy said...

Ah! You caught me with the Calvin and Hobbes reference there.

Bike Bubba said...

I hope you forgive the bait and switch. Now to figure out whether it's on my part, Bill Watterson's, or both of ours. :^)

And on a serious note, hope that you got a touch of amusement and edification out of my actual point, which is something to do with the fact that we're (at least most of the time) not wolves, chimpanzees, baboons, Al Gore or Naomi Wolf.

Terry @ Breathing Grace said...

I stumbed onto the manosphere when a post I wrote about a year ago (to women) caught fire and was linked to by a fairly popular manosphere blogger.

It was shocking to say the least, but I was intrigued enough to find out what all this "manosphere" stuff was all about. Because of some stuff I was witnessing in real life up close, I was sympathetic to the idea at first. There are some legal double standards in place that are detrimental to men.

Where I part company with the majority of the MRM is that I don't see how mimicking the worst behavior of feminists (irresponsibility, sex without the protection of marriage, etc.) accomplishes anything. It's counterintuitive.

Not to mention it flies in the face of God's design for men and women.

blumenkinderheirlooms said...

A friend shared this site today:


Seems we could do better at encouraging young men and women to see themselves as God does, His child, His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.

Terry @ Breathing Grace said...

You're a smart lady, Mrs. Bike Bubba.

Bike Bubba said...

...and she doesn't need a post-it note to know that her husband is attracted to her, either. :^)