You Don't Say John E. McIntyre writes about language, usage, journalism & arbitrarily chosen subjects.

That fragile Y chromosome

The Baltimore Sun

Last week during the worldwide women’s march Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) tweeted this: “I'm planning a ‘Men's March’ to protest at the creeping global emasculation of my gender by rabid feminists. Who's with me?”

Snowflake.

Now it is possible that Mr. Morgan is not as great a twit as this tweet suggests. He has defensively and repeatedly insisted, since being roundly mocked, that he really, really, really admires and supports women and that is only “rabid feminists” who put him off.

Still, you have to wonder whether there is something in the Y chromosome that makes men so frail, so easily spooked, so desperate for affirmation. And the white male appears to be jumpier and more hysterical than all the rest.

You have to wonder about the staying power of a masculinity that has to be so extensively propped up, that has to coin the term feminazi, that needs to keep women subordinate in pay and authority, that puts scores of middle-aged white guys in legislatures and Congress working to regulate women’s sexual behavior.

Poor devils. They would be more to be pitied than censured, were they not doing so much damage.

 

NOTE: My embarrassing X/Y mistake has been corrected. 

Copyright © 2017, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad
39°