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Is Masculine Culture Truly Being Diminished?

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I wouldn't say that masculine culture is diminishing. Rather, I would say that the question of "how should men act" is being answered in different ways by different subcultures.

Feminists say that men should be more emotional, more nurturing, more supportive, and less aggressive, less intimidating, and less dominating.

Traditional masculinists say that men should not give in to the pressure of feminists. They believe that men should express their inborn masculinity, given to them by being men, and oppose anyone who tries to hinder their masculine behavior. They believe that those who submit to those who hinder them are "beta males," and not the "alpha males," who get the most benefit between the two archetypes.

And then there's me, who says: "People should act and behave however they like to act and behave, without being limited by their gender. Being of any gender does not limit you to the behaviors of the gender you were assigned at birth. Masculinity and femininity are therefore unlimited by one's own gender. Act in whatever fashion you prefer, as long as no unnecessary harm is made."

With the rise of globalization and democracy, humanity as a global culture has become more and more diverse and divisive in their behavior and beliefs. Due to this global pluralism, there is often not a singular agreement on various subjects, and one of these subjects is, indeed, gender-specific behaviors.

The thing is, however, that your gender does not limit you to having specific behaviors that are associated with whatever gender they are associated with. If some people want to have behaviors that are associated with femininity, so be it, because people can behave in whatever fashion they like.

The problem unnecessarily comes, however, when you are stressed to have behaviors that you don't want to have. People may tell you: "You should act according to archetype ‘A’, because ‘A’ is more preferable than archetype ‘B’", but then, other people may tell you the same sentence, but with the opposite archetypes.

In short, it seems that some people, consciously or unconsciously, use their liberty of expression, in attempts to limit other people's liberties. Some feminists may use their freedom to condemn masculine behaviors in men, and some traditional masculinists may use their freedom to condemn feminine behaviors in men.

This pressure from various social categories - a side effect of democracy and globalization - seems to always delude itself, that it knows the best for whoever it is thrown at.

But the truth is, however, is that everyone are capable, through self-recognition, to know for themselves what behavior is the best for them, AKA, what type of behavior feels for them, to be the most natural and honest way for them to be themselves, regardless of whatever pressure is being forced on them.

So to the question at hand - as I said in the beginning, it is not that masculinity is diminished, it is just that there are different viewpoints being advocated by different subcultures.

It is a struggle for ideological dominance in the External World - a struggle to determine how things and beings should be, by trying to get the strongest support, of whomever listens to you and consumes your content.

That is simply how a globalist, liberal world works - as a set of different competitions, being held without any supreme authority, deciding for us what is correct and what is incorrect. That is because, if such authority was present, this competition of ideological dominance wouldn't exist in the first place.

That is, unfortunately, how human politics works. Each ideology seeks to be the strongest in terms of followers, and the issue of gender-specific behaviors is no different.

What I can recommend is this: be aware of your liberties, regardless of the pressure other people put on you. The liberty of other people to pressure you to act in accordance with their ideals is the same liberty that permits you to create and follow your own ideals, and to act in accordance with your own interests.

There is no law that orders you to submit to the pressures of any subculture or ideology. Conformity, regardless of what it advocates, is not a representative of this nonexistent law.

It is simply that some people are determined enough to resist pressures, and some people are not. Some men, in this case, are strong enough to resist the status quo that contemporary feminism tries to create in the world, and some men are not.

Therefore, the question of how many of those who prefer being masculine are strong enough in their will to resist the pressure of neo-feminism will indeed determine the preservation of masculine culture in the present and in the future.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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