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Masculinity: Toxic for the Planet

The so-called carmakers in this country are pivoting to build mostly trucks, not cars. Pullquote from the linked story:

You know, carmakers always say they build what people want. But they never mention the fact that they spend billions to tell them what they want

Dan Neil, WSJ automotive columnist

As that is happening, truck owners are being trained to drive like assholes by… truck commercials. Browse the “tournament” at https://usa.streetsblog.org/category/special-features/americas-most-toxic-car-ad/ As if trucks and giant SUVs (no real difference) weren’t bad enough with their environmental impact, they are only “safe” for their owners. The people and cars they hit die at a rate that would be alarming in any country that was not OK with people shooting dozens of children at a time, in schools.

And now, let’s hear from the world experts at greenwashing:

But wait! There’s more! The homophobia of America, especially its males, feeds into this with a vicious circle… because enVirOnmEntAl aCtiOn iS so gAy. No, really. Click the link.

Finally: China’s high-speed rail network development 2008-2018

USA high-speed rail network 2008-2018. LOL! WHUT? In places like Florida, federal funding for rail development is actively refused and returned, because… burning carbon is manly, I guess?

Surprisingly Hard to Watch

We recently watched Being the Ricardos, which was quite good on its own, and also put us in a nostalgic frame of mind about I Love Lucy.

So we got hold of the series, and I must tell you: it was a great disappointment. It’s just hard to watch.

Desi Arnaz was enormously talented and his talent is on full display. And as Ricky Ricardo, he’s married to someone who’s at least his equal*, and he treats her like an annoying teenager. He cannot tell her often enough that her role is simple and circumscribed: clean the house, cook the meals, have the babies.

I miss liking that show… but I’m glad we’re at a place now where this is our reaction to it.

* – in-character, she’s his approximate equal. In the real world, as entertainers, Lucille Ball was the equivalent of dozens of Desi Arnaz


America’s toxic masculinity is fixin’ to poison the world.

From refusing masks to gun-worship: it’s all supported by these horrific images from the past.

Things You Must Have

Marketing is the delicate art of convincing people they need something they would never have heard of, until you told them they needed it.

When someone tells you of something you “must have” by a certain age, you are being marketed to.

When you are being marketed to, someone is trying to reach into your wallet. If not your monetary wallet, maybe your political or spiritual one. Remember this: nothing you can sign over to them will ever fill their abyss. So consider only the benefit to you.

For another view of that, check out the march of time as Gemma Correll details things women “must have” by the age of thirty.

Click Thru for All the Ages

BTW I disagree about the last item for the 1950’s. Vodka served many, just as well.


Click through if you’re a REAL man.
Or not.

The author says, they don’t think all “masculinity” is “toxic.” They think that there’s a lot of it that harms men because of the restrictions it places on our expression of emotions, especially grief or pain.

That’s absolutely true. But the thing I have been thinking lately is, there’s nothing we call “masculine”, that’s both a positive and only masculine. A trait that women just don’t manifest. Can you think of one? I’ll wait.

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