Rod Dreher writes “Manhood as Mental Disorder.” He quotes the American Psychological Association’s latest announcement:
“For the first time ever, APA is releasing guidelines to help psychologists work with men and boys.
At first blush, this may seem unnecessary. For decades, psychology focused on men (particularly white men), to the exclusion of all others. And men still dominate professionally and politically: As of 2018, 95.2 percent of chief operating officers at Fortune 500 companies were men. According to a 2017 analysis by Fortune, in 16 of the top companies, 80 percent of all high-ranking executives were male. Meanwhile, the 115th Congress, which began in 2017, was 81 percent male.
But something is amiss for men as well. Men commit 90 percent of homicides in the United States and represent 77 percent of homicide victims. They’re the demographic group most at risk of being victimized by violent crime. They are 3.5 times more likely than women to die by suicide, and their life expectancy is 4.9 years shorter than women’s. Boys are far more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder than girls, and they face harsher punishments in school—especially boys of color.
APA’s new Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men strive to recognize and address these problems in boys and men while remaining sensitive to the field’s androcentric past. Thirteen years in the making, they draw on more than 40 years of research showing that traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage that echoes both inwardly and outwardly.”
For the sake of fairness, it’s Dreher, not the APA, who asserts that the APA has declared traditional masculinity a “mental disorder.” But Dreher is simply reading between the lines. APA doesn’t come out and say it explicitly, but we all understand what they’re getting at.
The APA’s new official position as of January 2019 is that “traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful.”
Please take a moment and allow that to sink in.
The official position of America’s psychology field is that “traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful.”
“Once psychologists began studying the experiences of women through a gender lens, it became increasingly clear that the study of men needed the same gender-aware approach, says Levant.
The main thrust of the subsequent research is that traditional masculinity—marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression—is, on the whole, harmful. Men socialized in this way are less likely to engage in healthy behaviors.”
“Traditional masculinity is, on the whole, harmful.”
Yes, in fact, focusing on only the potentially destructive aspects of masculinity would give one the impression that men are all ticking time bombs.
Women, of course, are perfect and have no negative aspects at all. They’re not conniving, passive-aggressive and emotionally unstable. Not at all!
Now the APA claims this is based on data, but let’s take a look at the prominent stat they cite: “Men commit 90% of homicides.”
Rod Dreher points out the glaring problem with this:
“To be fair, it’s not all PC codswallop, but given the social justice warrior jargon throughout, I suspect this is mostly about psychologizing the gelding of American males. I do not trust Ryon McDermott, PhD, to decide what is and is not healthy masculinity.
Plus, I don’t trust the spin. For example, this line: “Men commit 90 percent of homicides in the United States and represent 77 percent of homicide victims.”
True, but misleading. Homicides in the US are disproportionately committed by black men. The American Council on Science and Health reported in 2017:
The CDC confirms that, following an extended period of general decline, the overall homicide rate — as well as the homicide rate within each racial group — has increased from 2014 to 2015. In 2015, the homicide rates were (per 100,000 population): 20.9 for blacks (non-Hispanic), 4.9 for Hispanics, 2.6 for whites (non-Hispanic), 5.7 for all races.
Compared to the national average, the homicide rate was 54% lower for whites, 14% lower for Hispanics, and 267% higher for blacks. Put another way, the homicide rate among African-Americans is nearly quadruple that of the national average.
On the other hand, the white male suicide rate is six times higher for white men than for black men.
I bring this up only to point out that it’s not just “men” committing murders, but overwhelmingly it’s black men. This suggests that there is something particular going on within black male society. And the suicide rate being so unusually high among working-class, middle-aged white males tells us that something is going on with their own social psychology. That black and Hispanic working-class middle-aged men who suffer from the same hardships as whites are not killing themselves suggests that their social psychology has certain strengths that whites lack.
Of course, you’re never going to get this sort of nuance and highlighting of Inconvenient Truths from a thoroughly partisan organization like the APA.
They’ve got a message to push–“MEN BAD”–and they’re going to do it at all costs.
This is what I mean when I talk about “the Deep State” and the idea that the left is in control of our major institutions.
Many Americans know the media is the Democrats’ propaganda organ. Some are even wise to the fact that the public education system is designed to indoctrinate students with leftism from an early age.
But how many Americans are aware that the American Psychological Association is a front for the Democratic Party? How many are aware that when they read the Supremely Authoritative pronouncements of the APA, and consult its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as the final authority on what is a mental disorder and what is not, that they are reading Democratic Party propaganda?
I’d guess the number is far fewer than the number of people who realize CNN and the New York Times are Democratic propaganda organs.
This is the larger problem. The left’s dominance of this country is so absolute, so far-reaching and deep-rooted that sometimes it’s overwhelming to take account of just how many institutions and organizations they have infested and corrupted.
We now have the APA, pretending to be a non-partisan authority, proclaiming that “traditional masculinity is, on the whole, harmful” and pretending it’s nothing but #Science and facts rather than political propaganda.
There most certainly is a War on Men and it is being waged against us by the most powerful organizations and institutions in America. They are all in lock-step unison in their mission to castrate us and turn us all into Democrat-voting, soyboy beta pussies who care most about being In Touch With Our Feeeelingz and weeping over our Mean, Nasty Border Patrol using tear gas on “migrants” trying to storm the border.
They want men to be as easily emotionally manipulated as women are, because that makes us more susceptible to Democratic Propaganda efforts.
They want us to be passive betas because assertive alpha males are the ones who stand up and fight their malevolent schemes to “fundamentally transform” this country.
Make no mistake about this: they are launching a full-scale assault on traditional masculinity because it is the single greatest impediment to Democrats obtaining power.
Oh, and if all this is not enough to emphasize what’s going on in this country, consider that in 2013 the APA released a 5th edition of its DSM and among the changes made were to reclassify transgenderism from a “disorder” to “gender dysphoria.” This was done in part to “remove the stigma” from transgenderism.
Not only did APA reclassify transgenderism as not a mental illness, but in the summer of 2018, the World Health Organization, another supposedly non-partisan international institution, announced that it would no longer be considering transgenderism as a mental illness.
So: traditional masculinity is a mental disorder, transgenderism is not. This is the direction we’re moving in–at least the direction our elite institutions are moving.
That’s the country we live in today. That’s America in 2019.