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Wednesday, January 16, 2018
Procter and Gamble's Gillette brand has procured the ire of some conservative outlets, such as Breitbart News, for an ad it has aired encouraging men to be the best that they can be by not harassing women, getting into or tolerating fighting, and intervening when they see such things. Immediately, conservatives went off the hook equating the ad to emasculating men by urging them to lose their "toxic masculinity." Responding to parts of the ad recognizing the "Me To" movement, the twittersphere lit up with comparisons like "
Let me know more toxic masculinity when it saves you from a burning building, goes to war to protect you and your freedoms, or rescues puppies, kittens, and horses from flood waters after a hurricane."
There is truth on both sides of this argument. It is, however, not either/or, but both/and. Yes, the leftists who are trying to destroy this country want American men to be weak and reticent to defend themselves-for obvious reasons. The ideological subversion that has taken place over the past couple of decades is designed by the Marxists, progressives, socialists, communists to ensure that no one is able to come to sensible conclusions to even defend themselves or their families, let alone their nation. But men, real men, do not abuse women, children or animals. They balance the upbringing of their sons with a delicate mix of toughness and lovingkindness, justice and compassion, mental strength and empathy.
The statistics don't lie.
In the US, every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten;1 in every 3 women is abused during her lifetime; Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women-more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined;10 million children witness some form of domestic violence every year; Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls say a boy friend has threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup; Everyday more than 3 women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends; Men are 2 times as likely to abuse their wives if they witnessed domestic violence as children. Violence against women and children is usually perpetrated by men. It is a man's issue. And we can do something about it.
I am not upholding Procter and Gamble's ad by any stroke of the imagination (or razor blade). I am, however, saying that there are Biblical principles by which men, real men-true gentlemen, should live. Ephesians 5:25 says, "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it." Verse 28 says, "So men ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself." Chapter 6 begins with encouraging children to obey and honor their father and mother. Verse 4 says, "And you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." If we as men do these things, we set examples of true manhood using love, truth, honor and justice.