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Brett Kavanaugh, #MeToo, and “Toxic Masculinity”

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Nancy Pearcey on the Kavanaugh hearingsOur friend Nancy R. Pearcey is editor-at-large of The Pearcey ReportShe is also scholar in residence and professor at Houston Baptist University, where she serves as director of the Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview and Culture. Nancy is also a fellow at the Discovery Institute.

Dr. Pearcey recently published a very helpful and insightful post at The Daily Caller. We are happy to point our readers to Nancy’s article, Kavanaugh And Toxic Masculinity — Why The Feminist Attack On Men Harms Women.


At the height of the Kavanaugh hearings, I was an invited speaker to a group of Capitol Hill staffers, some working for members of Congress who were key figures in the hearings. I asked the women staffers for their perspective.

The women’s response can be summarized in a single sentence: The #MeToo movement was founded on justified anger against men willing to use their power against women for sexual purposes, but now the movement is being betrayed and weaponized for political advantage.

And the biggest losers are women.

What we learned from the bizarre Kavanaugh circus is how deeply liberal activists are committed to the feminist narrative of men as villains and women as victims.

This feminist animus shapes the reaction to virtually any accusation against men today. Even when an accusation is not backed up by any corroborating evidence, many leading opinion-makers buy in without question.

And small wonder: America’s major social institutions from universities to government to media to Hollywood are heavily invested in advancing a divisive paradigm that demonizes men just for being men.

Many universities offer courses and conferences on “Toxic Masculinity.” The Claremont Colleges consortium announced an event by warning, “Masculinity can be extremely toxic to our mental health.”

A Salon article advises, “The three most destructive words a father or mother can tell their young son? ‘Be a man.’”

In the Washington Post, Suzanna Walters, director of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern University, wrote an article titled, “Why Can’t We Hate Men?”

The professor wrote, “We have every right to hate you. You have done us wrong. #BecausePatriarchy.”

Go here to read the entire article.

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