One of the most hilarious bits the Rush Limbaugh show has had, IMO, was a parody of Al Gore's attempt in the 2000 elections to--at the recommendation of feminist (?) icon Naomi wolf--position himself as "Alpha Male." In true Paul Shanklin fashion, Gore was positioned as a leaden-voiced wimp whose attempts to convince himself (and presumably the electorate) that he's an "alpha male" led to Tipper's conclusion that he'd been doing some serious drinking.
Why do I mention this? Well, apparently there is something out there called the "manosphere" where "men" (loosely speaking) speak of how horrible the world is for men, tell of how women won't commit to marriage, and describe how their escape is more or less to mimic the behavior of wolves, chimpanzees, and baboons in the epic struggle for leadership of the pack or troop--presumably while flinging poo or something like that.
The outgrowth of this move doesn't really look like this, sad to say, as at least real alpha males have the decency to try to protect the females of the pack. There is, however, ample flinging of poo and fighting for control, resulting in what can only be described as Hobbesian nightmare for all involved, or worse yet a typical singles bar scene.
Again, no insult intended here to wolves, chimpanzees, baboons, or Thomas Hobbes.
Now with all due respect to Naomi Wolf, Thomas Hobbes, and others, it has occurred to me that (appearances aside) people really aren't meant to act like baboons, wolves, or chimpanzees. Somehow it seems that 6000 years of "one man one woman" marriage for life has provided wonderful protection for most men and women against the barbarities of those who, like many in the "boyosphere" and Al Gore, would like to pretend that they ought to be the sheikh with a large harem.
So if anyone in the "boyosphere," or sympathetic to it, is out there reading this, suffice it to say that it's about time you left Hobbes behind and started reading some Calvin. Man up, and come to grips with God's design for us in Genesis. And put that down and wash your hands. It's disgusting!
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