Monday, February 10, 2014

What Atrios Said About Homosocial Institutions

I said today what I thought I needed to say about -- as Atrios would say, "The Fee Fees of Macho Men" -- and I said it cleverly (I hope). But Atrios as usual said it better:
It isn't a new observation to say that our most homosocial (male) institutions are also our most homophobic, but I've long been struck by how such institutions are filled with people with the most fragile emotions. They are not stoics; they are drama queens.

This contradiction is masked because we see physical aggression particularly as a very male thing, but what leads to this aggression are delicate emotions and fragile egos. Also, too, entitlement.

There's a false archetype of supposed manly men being above emotion, but in truth they're the most emotional of all.
Sorry, Atrios, for reprinting you in your entirety, but you nailed it.

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