There was once a time when western countries held up masculine heroes as examples for young boys to follow, from kings and military commanders to inventors and industrialists. But over time, progressives figured out that this worship of masculinity, particularly by white countries, was the source of all evil in the world. Thus, progressives have ushered in a new era of post-masculinity, which turns the white male patriarchy on its head and paves the way for a new world order of tolerance and diversity.
Before the age of post-masculinity, western movies were a popular genre, promoting family values, guns, self-sufficiency and individualism, ideas which today are recognized as hallmarks of white male privilege. The protagonists in western movies were white men with vulgar masculine characteristics like assertiveness, aggression, protective instinct and an attraction to submissive, feminine womyn, a role model which thankfully can no longer be found in any modern Hollywood movies.
Western movies are now largely a thing of the past, and the few modern releases are inclusive of all races and always feature a female who outwits and outguns the men.
In modern movies and TV series, the protagonist may or may not have traditional masculine characteristics depending on his race. If he is non-white, he will have all the traditional masculine qualities such as assertiveness, protective instinct and the ability to lead.
If the protagonist is white however, he will inevitably be weak, submissive, passive, cute or unusually compassionate and averse to using violence. In modern film, the more masculine the white man, the more dumb, ugly, mean and ignorant he is, and the more effeminate he is, the more he is there to elicit sympathy and play the fool for our amusement. Either way, the role of white men in modern movies is to play the clown, while womyn roll their eyes at them and minorities take charge.
The election of Donald Trump, the epitome of vulgar white masculinity, is clearly a backlash against post-masculinity by subsections of America that refuse to recognize their white male privilege and reform accordingly. 63% of white men voted for Trump, and 72% of non-college educated (non-enlightened) white males voted for Trump. We have to recognize Trump’s victory for what it is – a resurgence of white male privilege. If we as progressives want to continue to transform the world into a place that is hospitable to womyn, minorities, homosexuals, trans people and disabled people, we need to intensify our assault on white masculinity, and continue to produce alternative role models for white boys and young men.