When you lie on the beach
‘neath the warm summer sky,
do you only wear sunscreen
that’s made for a guy?
When your masculinity is so fragile that you can't use regular sunscreen pic.twitter.com/QnToangPSw
— Kennedy Knight (@kennedyknight1) June 8, 2015
When the smell of your home
is like a rancid trash can,
will the scented candles you buy
be made just for a man?
— AtomOannes (@JacobAtom) September 23, 2015
When you finish your meal
and you’re craving sweet food,
will you only eat chocolate
that’s made for a dude?
Today in Fragile masculinity pic.twitter.com/fVxg2GIBTC
— Go follow @yumiaiba (@yumiaiba1) September 12, 2015
When cleaning your ears
do you without fail,
refuse to buy Q-tips
not made for a male?
because masculinity is just /that/ fragile that they need "men's" qtips pic.twitter.com/GQAglaYWEF
— lucius malfoy (@elvinbarbosa) May 29, 2015
When the drip from your nose
never seems spent,
will you only buy tissue
made for a gent?
— Matthias → AMAZE (@IcarusTyler) April 8, 2016
When playing a game
(no, this isn’t a joke),
do you fret and you whine
cuz you can’t play a bloke?
— Mizz Chips (@cumsquirrel) April 7, 2016
If you answered yes to any of the above rhyming questions (of my creation), then congrats, your masculinity may be fragile. The above Tweets are part of the #MasculinitySoFragile hashtag, which originated as a way for feminists and their allies to mock and criticize the toxic attitudes and beliefs our society associates with masculinity. From beliefs about the type of alcoholic beverages a “real man” drinks, to the type of careers men are supposed to lean towards, to the perception that displays of affection between men are “unmanly”, to discriminatory and marginalizing views about LGBT people, #MasculinitySoFragile is part of an ongoing effort to criticize rigid and ultimately destructive ideas of how masculinity is defined. To the surprise of few, the hashtag evoked outrage from men who crawled out of the woodwork to complain that it was an attack on men in general, rather than a criticism of toxic masculinity. Amusingly, many of those who claimed the hashtag was demeaning towards men proved through their responses that masculinity really is a fragile concept. The frailty of masculinity was demonstrated once again in the responses to a recent mockumentary-No Men Beyond This Point.
Created by Mark Sawers, the film humorously explores the idea of a world in which the male population is dying off. The comedic nature of the film was apparently lost on many, bc it was taken as-you guessed it-an attack on men:
“I don’t know what’s funny, a functioning society with only women at its helm or the fact this isn’t such a farfetched concept for a lot of militant feminists and many gender activists,” one user, Mitchell Christie, wrote in the trailer’s YouTube comments.
This was not an unpopular angle for the trailer’s male commenters to take. Because if men weren’t around, who would build the machines and drill for the oil and chop the wood that the world needs to function? No one, that’s who.
There was also a bit of confusion as to the meaning of words: Some confused sexism for racism, and racism for rapists, and rapists for sexists, and sexists for all men.
I gotta say,
If a mockumentary comedy
made by a man
caused you tons of distress
don’t read Y: The Last Man.