CNN: Pressures of Masculinity Possibly Caused Jovan Belcher to Murder
Oh, boy. The lefty loonies are coming out of the woodwork now…
There’s been another shooting. Starting Linebacker for the Chiefs, Jovan Belcher, shot and killed his girlfriend and himself. So, who’s to blame this time? Violent movies? Marilyn Manson? Of course Bob Costas has already weighed in an alienated a significant portion of his viewing audience.
So what is the new excuse for violence? According to Kevin Powell of CNN, the pressure of manliness drove Belcher to do it. Good grief…
In a recent article for CNN, Powell comes to the ridiculous conclusion that the macho world of sports and the pressures of masculinity drove Belcher to kill. I will never understand why society works so hard to find something within themselves to blame for the actions of crazies that commit violence.
“[T]he knee-jerk reactions have been rampant on the social networks. ‘Coward’ is a term being used to describe Belcher. But that is too easy, far too simplistic, and name-calling never solves a problem.
Belcher was a man living in the supersized macho world of football, a world in which many of us American males reside, be it football or not. Too many of us have been taught manhood in a way that is not healthy. Be tough, men do not cry, man up — these are the things I’ve heard my entire life, and I now cringe when I hear this relayed to boys or younger men by teachers, coaches, fathers, mentors and leaders.”
This is ridiculous.
First of all, it’s not name-calling; we’re just calling it like we see it. A man senselessly murders his girlfriend and then kills himself, leaving his child an orphan. If that’s not a coward, I don’t know what is.
And second, I’m glad that the oh-so-enlightened left can feel secure smugly lecturing us Neanderthals who still believe in men being men. Far be it from me to second-guess the subjective, agenda-driven, pseudo-social science of gender studies that has been around for merely a few decades.
Powell unmercifully continues,
“Or we use derogatory and sexist or homophobic words to describe men or boys who do not meet the ‘normal’ of what a male is supposed to be. Some of these male authority figures mean well, or are simply repeating what they were socialized to be or to do, and do not realize that they are unwittingly teaching that manhood has little room to express hurt, disappointment and sorrow.”
Again, though I can’t say for certain, I can rest reasonably assured that Belcher did not kill his girlfriend (excuse me, his person-friend) because he just needed to have himself a good cry. Pulling wild conjectures out of thin-air to capitalize on a murder-suicide in order to promote some “progressive” agenda revolving around gender issues is macabre and, at the very least, in poor taste.
“We cannot forget Kasandra Perkins in this story. Because when men behave in this manner, it also says, bluntly, that the life of a woman is of no value whatsoever. Just the fact that much of the media has focused on Belcher and barely mentions Perkins by name speaks to this truth.”
No, if anything, the casual mention of Perkins’ name indicates several factors. One, people are discussing Belcher because he was famous and America loves celebrity Schadenfreude. And two, people tend to circulate theories (some obviously more hair-brained than others) as to why someone would do something like this. As Belcher made the choice, it seems more likely that society would discuss his actions considerably more in this instance.
Powell then goes on to discuss his own minor stardom as a one-time cast member on MTV’s “The Real World” and tries to establish standing by whining about how he’s felt less than manly- thus, this somehow qualifies him as an expert.
As agenda-driven, leftist hacks come out of the woodwork to try and use this as an opportunity to push their talking points under the guise of enlightenment, it gets old quicker and quicker.