Another article forwarded by a friend: about universities that, recognizing declining male academic performance, are instituting programs (sigh—programs) in “being a man,” which one of them describes as giving those who identify as males the robust encouragement to “be their best selves.”  One would collapse in derision if it weren’t so sad.

Perhaps this may be better than nothing by a very small margin, but these people who want some masculinity wish to develop it within a wholly modernist, egalitarian context.  You will never really have it, however, except where there is male priority, something that is so unthinkable today that it can only be described in terms the evils of a dark and primitive past (say, of fifty years ago).

This taboo idea includes male responsibility, chivalry, and codes of honor based upon belief in the categorically, hysterically denied notion that the woman is in some fundamental regard the “weaker vessel.”  This is to say that as a practical matter it is not to be had outside Christianity or related ethical systems—like Islam, which uses it as a tool of subjugation, different from traditional Christianity in this respect only by degree (in the kind of mind that regards giving a lady one’s seat as a form of abuse).  These days the old notion of male priority can barely be managed within Christianity itself because so few Christians are willing to follow their apostolic authorities in this regard.

You can’t make a real man apart from impressing upon him the responsibilities that follow upon his priority (not, of course, an essential superiority over she who shares his humanity).  Secular or quasi-religious programs of man-making can only attempt to make geldings imitate stallions.  In the end it will only make them look pitiful and stupid while they are bullied by mares and other geldings who wouldn’t dare try it with a real, uncut horse.  Please God, you won’t find any geldings here at Touchstone, and that is, I think, in a nutshell, the difference between us and a great many other putatively orthodox institutions and publications.