On extreme masculinity

Poet's-narcissus textile, by Candace Wheeler.

Poet’s-narcissus textile, by Candace Wheeler. [source]

Masculinity is not some fragile butterfly on a wheel. It depends on reducing other people to objects. The solution is not to recreate an imaginary golden age in which said objects were – so we tell ourselves – more pliable and less likely to disrupt the narrative. A world in which not only jobs were stable and not going anywhere, but neither were women and children. That world dehumanised over half the human race and we should temper our sympathy for those men who would openly mourn its passing.”

— Victoria Smith, It’s extreme masculinity – not love or despair – that drives a father to kill his children

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