Supporting Our Boys Out There: How to Help Our Men Fight the Real Battle (On the Home Front)
Watching our five brothers grow up has been fascinating and sobering, especially when we consider the amount of influence we have had, for good or for ill, to affect the men they have become. Scripture and history are replete with examples of women either building men up or tearing them down by how they relate to them. We personally have seen in numerous cases how much damage a sister can do to her brother’s manly confidence, his willingness to take on responsibility, and the way he views and treats women, if she is not careful. We have also heard some of the manliest young men we know speak glowingly of the positive influence from their sisters. In fact, many of these young men attest that it was their sisters’ love and support that inspired them to become responsible, bold, protective, and confident.1
As we look at the battle that surrounds us, we have come to believe that one of the most important things we will ever do, as daughters and sisters and wives and mothers, is to build strength into men and help make them great.
America’s War Against Manhood
There is a crisis facing our nation’s boys. Their masculinity is under attack. This is no longer a debate; it is a copiously documented fact, actually old news. Bold, commanding masculinity has become pathologized and penalized. We’re not just talking about the rise of metrosexuality, either; over the last century, men have been taught that their leadership is oppressive, their protection is insulting, their authority is tyranny, and their position as the head of the household is utterly illegitimate.
Feminist leader Andrea Dworkin said in her “Root Cause” speech: “Only when manhood is dead — and it will perish when ravaged femininity no longer sustains it — only then will we know what it is to be free.”
Emasculating men was not a new idea, even in the ’70s. The cultural revolutionaries who got the foothold in American education and media in the 1930’s were primarily working toward a goal Karl Marx articulated: “to dethrone the patriarchal power in man.”
Men are under constant assault from the media, re-written history books,  psychological studies, political correctness and many other weapons of the neo-marxists. Even entire girls’ clothing lines have sprung up to tout misandrous slogans to teach girls to ridicule boys for being boys.
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