Of course, after that upbeat post earlier about the Guardian story about feminist men, I headed over to Feministing and saw a link to a different story out of the U.K., from the Daily Mail, by Nirpal Dhaliwal called "How Feminism Destroyed Real Men." In it, he catalogs the many costs of the feminist movement on masculinity and bemoans what he sees as strong, aggressive women with weak girlie-men who bend to their partners' Amazonian whims. "Men have been trained like circus seals to be inoffensive to women," he writes. "But women secretly long for a man with swagger, who is cocky and selfassured and has the cheek to stand up [to] them and make fun of their feminine foibles ... The truth is, a real man doesn't care what any woman thinks of him. He doesn't care what anyone thinks of him: he answers solely to his spirit."
So the best part of this piece is at the end, when Dhaliwal comes up with the battle plan for how men should rise up and reassert their dominance. Ready? "The female orgasm is the natural mechanism by which men assert dominion over women: a man who appreciates this can negotiate whatever difficulties arise in his relationships with them." In fact, as Dhaliwal explains, his wife recently tossed him out of the house for having an affair; when they got back together, he made damn sure to make "strong, passionate love to her." Why? Because "unfaithful as I'd been, I was not going to let her have me over a barrel for the rest of our marriage ... I gave her a manful bravura performance that night, and at the height of her passion, I asked her: 'Who's the boss?'" Initially, Dhaliwal continues, "the question threw her." But soon she was gasping and telling him, "You are, You are!"
"Bring back the real men, girls. You might just remember why you loved them in the first place," Dhaliwal concludes.
And that's the story of how men should behave to battle the feminists. Seriously. You can't make this stuff up.