Forget the fictitious but politically expedient ‘War on Women,’ masculinity is under attack. Men are maligned for not being more feminine in quality and character, and little boys are expected to forsake their natural curiosity, fervor, and active nature so as not to offend anyone with their rambunctiousness.

The compulsion to label little boys as violent, soon-to-be patriarchal overlords who can’t possibly understand the plight of women is not only out of control, but is damaging future generations of men.

Why can’t boys just be boys anymore? That’s a question Bill Whittle, Stephen Kruiser, Scott Ott, Stephen Green, and Dr. Helen Smith tackle in a video released by PJ Media Monday.

Boys are diagnosed with ADHD and ADD at substantially higher proportions than girls. Do boys really suffer from attention deficits or are they simply… little boys? “Are we drugging our boys into femininity?” asks Whittle.

While boys aren’t being drugged into femininity per se, Dr. Smith notes that a byproduct of the progressive education movement is a school system staffed predominately with women who know best how to serve girl students. And the boys? There’s really no place for them in this construct. In order to make the transition as seamless as possible, little boys are disproportionately drugged to make them more cooperative in the system built around the needs of little girls.

The progressive left’s troupe of feminist harpies are the worst offenders in the War on Masculinity and examples abound. As Whittle points out, “so much of this is the feminist movement thinking they can get rid of violence by getting rid of masculinity.”

Medication isn’t the only way boyhood is systematically squelched in the American school system. Dr. Helen explains:

“There are punishments for the mere fact that they are boys and there’s research that shows teachers give bad grades to boys, teachers don’t like what boys do and most of those are female. And so when you add that in to lack of respect that women in the schools, the teachers have for boys, the bade grades that they get, the assumption that a boy is a rapist, a pervert — even a young boy, when you add that in to a mixture of not getting the discipline, that’s where you see the problems really start. Boys are treated as defective girls to be brought under control. They are being in treated such a way that says, “you are a bad person.” And what do you do when you’re called a criminal, you act like one?”

Back to progressivism and social engineering for a moment. Is it possible that early emasculation is caused unintentionally? Scott Ott suggests the tendency to emulate behavior may also contribute to mix. “I’m not sure how much of this is intentional,” he says, “and how much is simply sort of the book of Genesis. Creatures produce after their own kind. And so a cadre of school teachers produce things after their own kind.” Ott continues:

“If you behave like them, if you learn like them, if you’re primarily an auditory learner, if you like to sit still for long periods of time, if you like to have long conversations about things, you’ll do very well. If you’re a kinesthetic learner and you like to be moving all over the place, you’re going to really struggle with the Austrian model of sit down, shut up, line up, and just do what you’re told.

How do we end the War on Masculinity? “I don’t think you have to do anything to restore masculinity,” says Whittle, “I just think you have to get out of the way of taking it away. I mean it’s really that simple. I don’t think anything has to be done to little boys to teach them how to be little boys or to teach them how to grow up to be men, you just have to stop teaching them to be something else. So much of this seems to be an attack on the idea of limited the strength and speed of males to get them to conform to standards that the progressive left wants.”

The entire segment is here. It’s lengthy, but worth the time to watch.

One thing is clear though, it’s time to end the War on Masculinity.

[h/t Instapundit]

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