This is not an endorsement for Allen West. It is merely my observation on the latest political brouhaha."Because, according to West, women's role is to strengthen men. In his speech, he said:
"We need you to come in and lock shields to strengthen up the men that will go into the fight for you - to let these other women know, on the other side, these Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women who have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness, to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. That's what we need you to do. Because if we don't, then the debt will continue to grow."A million things can be inferred from this. I am only focusing on one--the horror that arises when it is suggested that women should support or strengthen men. Had it been suggested that man's role is to help strengthen women, one can imagine the outpouring of praise. Our culture is now built around strengthening women, yet one comment that women may have a role to play in strengthening men is deemed hateful.
If as a woman you insist you don't need a man to fight for you---great! I wish you success. There was a time though, not too long ago when men and women needed each other. That time is long gone. Men are going their own way and women are going their own way. Sad, but that is reality. Despite the last several decades and all the efforts that were put forth to strengthen women (pushed by feminists, but granted by men), some women can not even shudder the thought of supporting men.
Some women will chuckle at this and take glee with the inference that men are so weak they need women to help them. This makes them feel strong. Oddly, it takes a strong person to admit they are weak or need help. That is more than some women can say. Comments have already been made that West and presumably those who agree with him are "not real men". Oh, how familiar is that? I'm sure this stems from conservative women as well, ironically those who West thinks can help him. Since women have been raised to believe that "real women" don't need men for help, it follows that likewise "real men", don't need women for help. They don't know what else to think. Feminism killed the concept of interdependence.