Masculinity and Massa

Tracy Quan has an interesting piece about Eric Massa and sexual harassment. I think that she understated the extent of Massa’s wrongdoing. He was a real scumbag and I’m glad he’s out of Congress. (Obamacare still would have passed even with his nay vote) But I did like this quote:

One of the more appealing American archetypes—despite modern feminism—is the man who will physically protect us. It’s impossible for me to imagine this of a man who files an official complaint when his masculinity is challenged by an embarrassing jerk. As financial parity becomes a reality in our culture, as women sometimes even out-earn men, it’s more crucial than ever for masculinity to retain its integrity. We need to feel something primal and irrational—it’s called admiration—in order to respect the men around us. Too many women find themselves shacked up, legally partnered or otherwise connected with men they don’t admire.

“For a woman qua woman, the essence of femininity is hero-worship—the desire to look up to man.”

HT: Hit & Run

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