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January 14, 2019

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David

There is no recognition here of male accomplishment — that falls into the category of “privilege and power,”

Not entirely unrelated:

[Helen] Lewis, being a feminist, believes modern-day societies are organised in patriarchal hierarchies of power, whereas [Jordan] Petersen believes they are more akin to hierarchies of competence. It’s easy to see why the two differ so wildly in their views. In Peterson’s field you need to be competent to rise to the top, whereas in Lewis’ you don’t need to be competent at all. Lewis has looked at her own career path, and those of her peers, and assumed the whole world works like that.

Tim Newman, here.

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“Traditional masculinity… is on the whole, harmful.”

Now do women.

David

Somewhat related:

Masculinity is “useless” and “counter-productive.” Says transvestite potter.

Apparently, men should be more like this.

John Square

It's almost like the APA want men flocking to their member's offices to be cured of something that exists naturally in 50% of the population.

john square

(I'm actually quite irritated by what the APA have done. I've spent the last week reading Steven Pinker's 'Enlightenment Now', and felt pretty good about the world and the direction it is heading in. Much of that positivity has been kind of flattened by this idiocy.)

David

It’s almost like the APA want men flocking to their members’ offices to be cured of something that exists naturally in 50% of the population.

As a reflection of the politicised state of psychology, it doesn’t bode terribly well. The document reads as a rote menu of leftist conceits, from indignation at the racial demographics of prison populations while showing zero interest in the demographics of criminal activity, as if that were irrelevant, to the claim, stated baldly, that ours is a “patriarchal society.” How this assertion was arrived at is somewhat unclear, yet the claim is taken as self-evident.

As Andrew Sullivan notes, the guidelines effectively smear half the human race, implying that a desire for accomplishment and not wishing to appear weak are primarily pathological and a cause of woe. As if one could have achievements and innovations, on which we all depend, without such ambitions and a corresponding risk of failure, and as if a civilisation could somehow survive without these “harmful” inclinations.

Lancastrian Oik

If Grayson Perry hadn't dressed up like a pantomime dame, then I have no doubt that the world would have remained blissfully unaware of his crappy ceramics.

I've seen schoolkids' work that is far superior to anything that charlatan has ever produced.

Y. Knott

Now do women.

- There's GOT to be a sleazy double-entendre in there somewhere...

David

Female sexuality and its male counterpart, depicted.

Jen
As you keep reading, you begin to realize just how saturated psychology has now become with critical gender theory, and its profound rejection of anything we might call "nature." Because biology has no influence on sex and gender at all, and testosterone is thereby irrelevant in understanding the psychological nature of men (it is never mentioned in the report), everything is a social construct, and social constructs — a function of patriarchy and white supremacy — can be changed. "If we can change men," one psychologist tellingly admits, "we can change the world." If this sounds more like a political project than a guide to therapy, you're not wrong.

That.

Adam

What this APA document means is that it will be impossible to train to be a counselor or clinician without endorsing these "standards".

Thus, you might envision a future mom (or dad) bringing their male progeny to a therapist with the complaint that he plays with toys cars and likes football. The therapist will undertake to cure the child of these toxic interests and involve him in playing dress-up and play with dolls.

In this future, the turnout of boys for the first practice for football will be used to identify them as psychologically damaged and victims of privilege.

John Square

What this APA document means is that it will be impossible to train to be a counselor or clinician without endorsing these "standards".

That was what I was afraid of. If that is truly the case (and the clinicians actually pay attention to this guff), can you imagine the damage?
Some poor sod going in to speak to a medical person because he's depressed and being told it's all his fault, and he's reaping payback for all of the pain he's caused by achieving things?

And (on the flip side) doctors (allegedly) get in trouble for telling the obese to shed some weight or they will die young because it hurts the feelings of the overweight

John Square

(And thank you for your subtle correction of my apostrophic error in the quote in your earlier comment, David)

David

And thank you for your subtle correction of my apostrophic error

Don’t thank me yet. It all goes on the tab.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

If Grayson Perry hadn't dressed up like a pantomime dame...

Coincidence ?

Steve E

Coincindence?

Was thinking more like Polkaroo...

Polkaroo

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Was thinking more like Polkaroo...

Never heard of Polkaroo before, as it was evidently limited to The Great White North, however...

In order to create trust and familiar routines with young children, Polka Dot Door was scripted with specific 'events' that were particular to each day of the week...

Dress-Up Day: Hosts would open the Polka Dot Door closet to reveal dress-up clothes, pretending to be the people they were dressing up as.

...I bow to your better assessment. This truly is a place of learning.

David

The APA is now in rapid-back-pedal mode, claiming that the document has been misrepresented, even though the assumptions and framing are there to see. We’re told this in a press release that champions “social justice” as an inarguable good, refers to “people of all genders” as if this were unremarkable, and which again cites “getting needs met through violence,” being sexually abusive, “extreme restriction of emotions,” and being utterly unconcerned by any harm one does to others, as key aspects of “traditional masculinity.”

This sounds like a description of sociopathy, not masculinity, traditional or otherwise.

sH2

Are they confusing the U.S. with the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

This sounds like a description of sociopathy, not masculinity, traditional or otherwise.

That, and with the possible exception of restriction of emotions, is the exact opposite of "traditional masculinity".

Another psychologist weighs in.

Masculinity is not a problem to overcome, it is an asset to be encouraged and valued. Boys and men often use violence inappropriately not because they are socialized to be men but because Dad is absent or not able or willing to wrestle and play and teach the boundaries of physical aggression. The schools exacerbate the problem by keeping boys penned up and emasculated while telling them they are rapists and/or violent...What used to be a profession of healers is now a group of activists who sacrifice the lives of men for the cheap thrill of feeling that they themselves are good people.
David

Boys and men often use violence inappropriately not because they are socialized to be men but because Dad is absent

That, as they say.

Boatswain's Mate

This sounds like a description of sociopathy, not masculinity, traditional or otherwise.

Well, when masculinity on the whole (save for feminized beta-males in touch with their feelings and not much else) is pathologized, it doesn't seem to be too far of a stretch to go to masculinity = sociopathy.

Criticas

Still waiting on the APA to discuss the less favorable outcomes of single-parent households (https://www.google.com/search?q=outcomes+single+parent+families). I'm not holding my breath for that position paper to appear.

David

Still waiting on the APA to discuss the less favorable outcomes of single-parent households

The APA document does touch on the benefits of an involved father - albeit briefly and amid more rote blather about the “dominant construction of White, able, and heterosexual [fatherhood].” But it seems to me that the determination to be inclusive and non-judgemental of various “marginalised groups” and their alternative arrangements, or lack of arrangements, sits uneasily with the wider claim of helpful intent.

Y. Knott

Boys and men often use violence inappropriately not because they are socialized to be men but because Dad is absent ...

Interestingly, the two almost-universal factors of school shootings are 1) teen on SSRI's and 2) no father in the home.

WTP

Some poor sod going in to speak to a medical person because he's depressed and being told it's all his fault, and he's reaping payback for all of the pain he's caused by achieving things?

That's been going on for at the very least 25-30 years now. Especially in couples' therapy. Don't ask me how I know.

Spiny Norman

The APA is now in rapid-back-pedal mode, claiming that the document has been misrepresented...

Misrepresented by paid-up members of the Patriarchy, surely.

First, it was the teachers' unions deciding that boys are "defective girls" and should be treated that way; now, the APA has decided that masculine men (responsible, adult men, iow) are "defective women" and should be treated that way.

John Square

Some poor sod going in to speak to a medical person because he's depressed and being told it's all his fault, and he's reaping payback for all of the pain he's caused by achieving things?

>That's been going on for at the very least 25-30 years now. Especially in couples' >therapy. Don't ask me how I know.

@WTP- Reminds me of a friend, who- when going through a rough patch in his marriage- was bullied by his wife to take up the counselling offered through his employer as a benefit.

My friend thought about it and decided he'd not do the counselling, but tell his wife he would.

To give himself a plausible cover story, he did a bit of reading about psychology (so he could convincingly play back discussions he'd supposedly had with his counsellor). In the end he got quite interested in it all, and ended up resolving the problems in his relationship by applying what he learned from books to his situation.

When pressed he maintains that psychology solved his problems, not psychologists, and states his outcome was the only possible good one from such a circumstance.

My opinion is it would make a splendid sitcom.

David

Artificial gaydar?

We used deep neural networks to extract features from 35,326 facial images. These features were entered into a logistic regression aimed at classifying sexual orientation. Given a single facial image, a classifier could correctly distinguish between gay and heterosexual men in 81% of cases, and in 74% of cases for women. Human judges achieved much lower accuracy: 61% for men and 54% for women. The accuracy of the algorithm increased to 91% and 83%, respectively, given five facial images per person.

Via Jordan Peterson.

Governor Squid

One remarkable development I've noticed in the 21st century is that just about every professional association retains very little of the popular respect and deference it might have had a few decades in the past. In many cases, it's a matter of these associations being taken over by activists who've hijacked the institutional respect to advance political goals outside the mission of the organization itself. In others, it's a knock-on effect of standing by while related groups are compromised.

I'll be curious to see whether any of these groups can regain the respect and deference they had in the past, and if not, what might rise to replace them. It seems we need to find new sources of expertise, or just give up on the idea of listening to anyone calling himself an expert on some specialized subject.

Governor Squid

I'd watch John's sitcom, but I'm afraid he'd have to switch the husband and wife roles if he was to have a prayer of getting it produced. I don't think there's any appetite in Hollywood for husbands fooling their wives, unless it's something that can backfire hilariously in the space of 23 minutes.

Wives pulling a long con on their husbands, for their own good? That'll get greenlit in a matter of minutes!

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Artificial gaydar?

Yeah, I'm going to have to raise the bullshit flag on this one, first, the humans are hardly likely to answer completely honestly lest they be accused of homophobia, profiling, or some such hence results on a par with random guessing, and for all we know (as the actual photos aren't in the paper), they may have been showing pictures of diesel dykes and drag queens to the AI -as you can see, they list Barry O as a non-Caucasian face, so their judgement is suspect at best.

Besides, Wang detecting sexual orientation - the jokes, they write themselves.

David

Besides, Wang detecting sexual orientation - the jokes, they write themselves.

I’ll wait for the app.

Steve E

I’ll wait for the app.

In the early days of word processing the computer company Wang dominated the corporate market. Word processing jobs were highly trained and well compensated. A friend of mine took a job right out of University. She and her fellow workers had great fun calling themselves Wang Manipulators. It went over very big in bars.

I'm told it was nothing like the caption contest from Friday's Ephemera though.

Geezer

Dear David,
I confess: I have been slumming on the comics page. I left a link to this entry at this cartoon. I'm hoping to attract some visitors who will accuse you of being a homophobe.

Steve E

Speaking of toxic masculinity and shaving. Gillette has a really strange idea of how to appeal to their target market.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=96&v=koPmuEyP3a0

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/01/14/pg-urges-men-to-lose-their-toxic-masculinity-in-gilette-razor-ad/

Spiny Norman

Geezer,

Great merciful Zeus! How DID you find that cathedral of tolerance and independent thought?

I learned something new today: McKenzie Bezos built Amazon, and hubby Jeff had very little to do with its success - not that I give much of a damn about billionaire socialists' troubles, and actually hope the "Divorce of the Century" breaks up Amazon's virtual internet monopoly for good.

(FWIW, the most prominent "premium member" in that thread, "Zev Bellringer" is a internet adult video star, specializing in "mother-son incest porn". I shit you not. I thank Reddit for that bit of "can never unknow".)

Fred the Fourth

Gov. Squid,
C.f. (David Burge in 2015!!)
https://mobile.twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/664089892599631872

Spiny Norman

Fred,

This bit of wisdom from the self-described "drunken internet rando" also applies:

https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/761642534946807808

Harrison Wintergreen

the framing of masculinity (or “traditional masculine ideology”) as entailing violence, bullying, sexual harassment, “dominance and aggression,” ableism, ageism, racism, and outright sociopathy. Or as Stephanie Pappas says in a summary here: “Traditional masculinity… is, on the whole, harmful.”

they must be ignoring the hundreds of studies on female abuse and aggression. women commit at least equal amounts of interpersonal violence, if not more violence. adjust for the higher number of single mothers etc, and women still commit the majority of physical child abuse and murder of children. one of the largest-ever studies of child sex abuse found that 40% of men abused as children were molested by a woman.

https://web.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm

http://www.psicothema.com/pdf/3334.pdf

http://boysmeneducation.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Strauss-Concealing-and-distorting-female-DV.pdf

http://www.breakingthescience.org/SimplifiedDataFromDHHS.php

https://www.jimhopper.com/pdfs/dube_(2005)_childhood_sexual_abuse_by_gender_of_victim.pdf

from the APA website:

>More females and fewer males have been entering the psychology workforce. In 2013, for every male active psychologist, there were 2.1 female active psychologists in the workforce. This gender gap was even wider for racial/ethnic minority groups.

any man who agrees to study psychology these days must be a self-loathing glutton for punishment.

to quote Camille Paglia:

"...feminism is of little help [to women] except with a certain stratum of deferential, malleable, white middle-class men."

Jeff Guinn

For quite awhile, although the fad seems to have passed, the NYT had a stock set of adjectives when writing about women — "fierce" "independent" "spirited".

Now, they are reduced to this:

Your Vagina Is Terrific (and Everyone Else’s Opinions Still Are Not)
One year ago I wrote about my vagina and men’s opinions of it. Things have not improved.

...

We rarely talk openly about what’s required for a woman to have a good sexual experience, and so many heterosexual women learn the mechanics of sex and female orgasms from movies (most of which are written, directed and produced by ... men).

Is there nothing toxic masculinity can't do?

(Oh, by the way, "we rarely talk openly about what's required for a woman anything"? AYFKM — there's no shutting it up.)

Forbes

One remarkable development I've noticed in the 21st century is that just about every professional association retains very little of the popular respect and deference it might have had a few decades in the past.

Every professional association has become a rent-seeking special interest lobby. Their castle has been erected (credentials by way of graduate degree, exams, state licensing), the moat around it installed (dues-paying members), thus limiting entry to their profession (economic law of supply/demand), with the resulting efforts to fatten their wallets.

That they have veered off course of their professional mission is the result of self-interested partisans taking control of the levers of power and dominance--the game of power and dominance being the one human endevour without a final whistle.

Spiny Norman

Oh dear, dear, dear. I need a break from the interwebs. I've gotten myself completely wrapped up in a Twitter fight with some lofty academic type who insists the "toxic masculinity" APA paper is "exactly what men have been demanding for years", and claiming that "literally no one can argue that toxic masculinity isn't real." Let's not call abuse "abuse", let's blatantly imply that abusive behavior is inherent to masculinity itself.

A rabbit hole to end all rabbit holes. (o_O)

Spiny Norman

Steve E,

Speaking of toxic masculinity and shaving. Gillette has a really strange idea of how to appeal to their target market.

BTW, those are the links that sent me on my trip down the Twitter labyrinth more than three hours ago. Yeeps.

WTP

Spiny, Spiny, Spiny....don’t you know there’s no arguing with an academic? As Socrates supposedly said, “Intelligent individuals learn from every thing and every one; average people, from their experiences. The stupid already have all the answers.”

Clara Bixby

Gillette has a really strange idea of how to appeal to their target market.

Including (in the Pleasantville "before" sequence) a Barbecque Menace chorus intoning "boys will be boys". Do people really say that sort of thing? Society has been bringing up boys according to the feminist model since the 1970s. It's been going on a lot longer than #metoo or Gilette's marketing pivot. We have enough multigenerational experience that we should be able to determine how the project of feminizing boys has worked out - do the boys grow up in to happy, successful men?

And in the "after" sequence that models men calling each other out over harassment, the harassers are white and the callers-out are black. A narrative-conformist but not true picture of the street harasser demographic. Could the races have been reversed in the ad? No. Why not? Because white men calling out the misbehavior of black men is what they did to Emmett Till. And because getting abusive strangers to back down is a feat of traditional masculine authority backed up by willingness to fight. Even if it wasn't so problematic, progressives don't even find it believable that their guys, the oversocialized pajamaboy feminists, have any kind of iron hand inside their velvet glove, so much for the feminist promise to men of being able to access both their masculine and feminine side. They imagine instead that black men, under a kind of carbon credit scheme for their toxic masculinity, can be their street muscle against white Deplorables.

Joe Ego

@Farnsworth
Yeah, I'm going to have to raise the bullshit flag on this one

That's one of the... less tasteful theories turning out to have some truth to it: physiognomy is real. You never had to observe the lumps on the skull. You just had to look at the bloke's face.

Spiny Norman

Clara,

Society has been bringing up boys according to the feminist model since the 1970s.

Boys = defective girls who can must be "repaired". I didn't notice it until the 1980s, but yeah, it's been a public education crusade for a very long time.

David

Gillette has a really strange idea of how to appeal to their target market.

Oh dear. They take what’s largely an anti-bullying message, which you’d think would be fairly unobjectionable, and somehow end up with something repulsive and insulting. In short, “Our customers are the kind of people who indulge in, or enable, or excuse, bad behaviour, including bullying and sexual harassment.” As marketing goes, not the most obvious sure-fire strategy. And I can’t wait for the ad, aimed at women, that defines women everywhere by their supposed collective shortcomings and shameful complicity in very bad things, before telling them to do better.

David

Gillette has a really strange idea of how to appeal to their target market.

I think Cheerios and Dove did dad-ads rather better.

Mentioned in the thread following this.

David

Re the APA document, Janice Fiamengo has some thoughts.

P

I think Cheerios and Dove did dad-ads rather better.

:-)

David

Clara, you’ve been quoted over at Tim’s.

David

Meanwhile, in the Green Party, where piety is everything:

Aimee Challenor, a transgender activist and candidate for the Greens’ deputy leadership, committed a “serious error of judgment” by appointing her father, David, as her agent at two elections even as he faced trial for kidnapping, raping and torturing a 10-year-old girl… The omission allowed David Challenor to run his daughter’s office and mix with young activists and members’ children at events that included a picnic only weeks before his trial. A jury at Warwick crown court convicted Challenor of holding his victim captive in the attic of the family home. He was jailed for 22 years for the series of offences.

Interesting family.

John Square

Interesting family.

And yet the mere suggestion that transgenderism is a form of mental illness is heresy. Do we think there may possibly be a connection between Aimee's present condition and the environment she was raised in?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Heh.

Ten

Lacking sense and civility, come up with the next random social psychosis.

Project faux re-morality at fictional opponents. Bask in your righteousness; this work, as you call it.

Observe victims rearranging themselves as they receive your talking points and familiarize themselves with your campaign.

This momentum achieved, initiate new waves of senseless assault. Just keep it up because it's already rooted itself.

Observe victims slowly bucking not to your original lunacy - which they loudly resist - but to this new reality you've created. You've successfully ingrained what never before existed.

Let time pass. Your random social psychosis has been enshrined as the new normal, whether as a mere cultural affection or as a whole new critical theory and finding of fact; whether as a pro-left or pro-right politicization in a relentlessly binary new paradigm.

Observe victims slowly adopting this simple reversal of your random social psychosis wherein they accuse you of a variation of it. To wit: they used to be your projected "racists" and now you're held to their version of your own original random social psychosis. They now invoke MLK and any rightist black politician or notable rightist figure as proof that they're not racist, you are.

Smile, because you took over a culture without firing a shot. We're all statist projectionists now. We're all racists and one day soon, we'll all be toxic genderists and what could better further your goal than that.

Steve E

where piety is everything:

One can be forgiven certain "peccadilloes" when one loves the earth and is sworn to protect it. Environmentalism is a social construct.

TomJ
Still waiting on the APA to discuss the less favorable outcomes of single-parent households

Are the APA allowed to talk about that? It appears that some people aren't allowed to make arguments that other people have already made on the topic.

Sam

Thanks David for those ads, though it's difficult to explain fresh tears to my coworkers.

RE Gillette - its as if some coked up suit read that women control 80% of consumer spending and immediately demanded that their marketing pander to women, forgetting that the market for Gillette men's razors might be a slightly different mix.

Morons. Personally I keep my neckbeard lines clean with a hunting knife, as God intended.

David

though it’s difficult to explain fresh tears to my coworkers.

[ Slides box of Man-Size Kleenex along bar. ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Personally I keep my neckbeard lines clean with a hunting knife, as God intended.

A hunting knife ? How twee, a real man would use a rusty ax, but only if there wasn't enough flint around.

David

a real man would use a rusty ax,

Yes, but is it a designer axe?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Yes, but is it a designer axe?

Hell no, an ax that can actually be used.

Meanwhile, Harry's tries to out Gillette Gillette

Personally, I was thinking of getting another Remington, but it is hard to shave with a bolt action.

Forbes

FMM--that's pathetic. Harry's band-wagoning Gillette on the down escalator...

Hal

Also elsewhere, this time from /. . . .

Battlefield 5's Poor Sales Numbers Have Become a Disaster For Electronic Arts

. . . . from the cause-and-effect dept.

. . . First came the fierce cultural internet backlash from gamers to the Battlefield 5 reveal trailer -- EA tried to inject so much 21st Century gender diversity and Hollywood action-movie style fighting into what was supposed to be a reasonably historically accurate WWII shooter trailer, that many gamers felt the game would be "a seriously inauthentic portrayal of what WW2 warfare really was like." Then the game sold very poorly after a delayed launch date -- . . .

And just like some other place I'm trying to think of, the commentary is particularly and pointedly entertaining . . . .

jabrwok

The link to Harry's Tweet appears to have been rendered non-functional:-(. Oh well, I've recently grown a beard anyway, and I've put the Merkur Classic on my Amazon wishlist, so Gillette's and Harry's pecadillos are no longer my concern.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...I've put the Merkur Classic on my Amazon wishlist...

Also on your wishlist for the Merkur, try some Feather blades - made in Japan (where they may be weird at times, but don't put up with much of this nonsense), and make Gillette blades seem like actual rusty axes.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Jabrwok -

Scroll down and you'll get the gist of Harry's tweet.

brinster

Since masculinity, according to the APA, is harmful, who will do all of these icky jobs? Courtesy of the incomparable ACE.
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/inequality.jpg

Steve E

The new face of toxic feminity!

"Bonkers Eagles fan attacks her girlfriend, puts dog in microwave."

She's earned herself a spot in the Gillette Hall of Shame.

Rxc

The idea that masculine boys and men are just "defective" girls and women is the foundation of a new eugenics concept. They intend to re-invent the Male gender.

WTP

This is beyond the social engineering attempts of the past. The “corrections” they have tried to make in the past reside in the cerebral brain, things having to do with mammalian instincts of tribe and family unit and such. These new attempts go to the brain stem instincts of survival and sex. In some species it is the female (though that can become a fuzzier term the further down you go in animal complexity) that is responsible for protection against predators. Even in mammals, get between a momma and her cubs and you’ll get some nasty toxicity regardless of her sex or your intentions.

jabrwok

@Farnsworth, thanks for the link. I'd also added the Feather blades (to my shopping cart, not my wishlist...just waiting for my next paycheck).

Steve E

femininity not feminity

Darleen

This is my shocked face.

The director behind Gillette’s controversial new ad is a woman whose past work includes an ode to female genitals and a short film that explores ‘toxic masculinity’ featuring a protagonist whose life crumbles when he becomes addicted to steroids.

[snip]

Kim Gehrig, the director of the new ad, is an Australian mother-of-two who lives in London, England, and has a lengthy history of taking aim at social ills through her work.

The commission for Gehrig was itself consciously social activism on the part of P&G, who found her through Free the Bid, a non-profit which tries to raise the profile of female and non-white advertising directors.

Somesuch’s portfolio shows that it shares Gehrig’s socially active approach, with notable campaigns that include Audi’s feminist 2017 Super Bowl commercial and an ad for feminine hygiene brand Libresse – which is sold as Bodyform in the UK – that offered a no-holds barred look at menstruation – including shots of blood and period sex.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Toxic masculinity, or something...


Farnsworth M Muldoon

PETA addresses "traditional masculinity" as only they can, and for everybody who has said "screw Gillette, I'm gettin' muh razors from Dollar Shave" oops.

Two words, German single blade razors with Japanese blades or a straight razor for shaving, but short of living in a cave, it is going to be nigh impossible to avoid corporate virtue signalling.

Captain Nemo

Toxic masculinity, or something...

Now that is art. Sandrine Schaefer eat your heart out.

Norman Grabowski

Somesuch’s portfolio shows that it shares Gehrig’s socially active approach, with notable campaigns that include Audi’s feminist 2017 Super Bowl commercial

https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2017/02/real-message-behind-audis-super-bowl-ad-isnt-exactly-uplifting-one/

After watching the one-minute advertisement carefully, however, I understood feminism, or equal pay, is the last thing Audi wants you to take away from it. The message is far subtler, and more powerful, than the dull recitation of the pseudo-progressive catechism droning on in the background. This spot is visual — and as you’ll see below, you can’t understand it until you watch it and see what it’s really telling you.

... Well, if you’ve been reading along, I think you’ve figured out what the real message of this Audi advertisement is... Money and breeding always beat poor white trash. Those other kids in the race, from the overweight boys to the hick who actually had an American flag helmet to the stripper-glitter girl? They never had a chance. They’re losers and they always will be, just like their loser parents.

Steve E

Toxic masculinity, or something...

Whatcha gonna do with all that junk
All that junk inside your trunk

I drive these brothers crazy
I do it on the daily
They treat me really nicely
They buy me all these ice
Dolce and Gabbana
Fendi and Madonna
Caring they be sharin'
All their money got me wearing fly
Whether I ain't askin'
They say they love mah ass in
Seven jeans
True religion
I say no
But they keep givin'
So I keep on takin'
And no I ain't takin'
We can keep on datin'
Now keep on demonstratin'

Black Eyed Peas

Governor Squid

"Bonkers Eagles fan attacks her girlfriend, puts dog in microwave."

Putting a Pomeranian in the microwave isn't animal cruelty; it's just good sense.

Toxic masculinity, or something...

The best a man can get!

jay

Artificial gaydar: Probably not real BS

We are mammals. Female mammals signal availability (by various ways) which triggers a visceral response in males (it's objectification--deal with it). By males don't generally use the same style on hetero females, it would probably be counterproductive.

Facial expressions and posturing reflect inner behavior. Gay men would consciously or unconsciously posture to appeal to other men, so it's hardly surprising that these cues can be picked up by 'artificial intelligence' (which is simply fancy algorithmic tuning, not intelligence at all.

Daniel Ream

Facial expressions and posturing reflect inner behavior.

This. There's a guy whose blog is now defunct who developed a theory that you can predict things like sociopathy, homosexuality, and a host of other psychological conditions by looking at - not exactly microexpressions, but rather permanent facial features resulting from internal psychological stress.

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Playing outdoors is a 'hyper-masculine activity'...

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/318854/

Farnsworth M Muldoon

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Governor Squid

We used to bring out-of-towners to visit the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices. The highlight was trying on the phrenology reader and then matching up the paper readout to the Aptitude Index to see what our suggested careers would be.

The Lovely Bride desperately wanted to be selected as a Zeppelin Attendant. Alas, no matter how many times we visited, her fate was to be more mundane. (I offered on a few occasions to help rearrange the bumps on her head, but my good-faith offers were always met with skepticism and an offer to reciprocate that seemed downright sinister.)

Man, do I miss that place!

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