We Need More “Wussification” Because Masculinity Kills

Problematic Masculinity

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Fox News host, Eric Bolling went on a rambling tirade this week about Rutgers University’s decision to fire their basketball coach, Mike Rice. Rice physically and verbally abused his players, and a video outed his horrifying behavior, which led to his eventual dismissal. Videos show Rice throwing basketballs at the players heads, pushing them around, and repeatedly calling them homophobic slurs. There’s no question that he deserved his termination.

Well, no question in the minds of reasonable people.

Eric Bolling decided that someone needs to stand up for the poor defenseless basketball coach. He defended Rice during an appearance on “The Five,” citing Rice’s termination as an example of America’s “free fall,” and then berated American men for not being tough enough.

Bolling tells us all to listen, because he has his finger on the pulse. He knows why America is tumbling down the proverbial ladder, and it is because men aren’t being held to a high enough standard of masculinity:

Listen, it’s time to toughen up. I could talk about the wussification of America, the wussification of American men…Are we better off as a nation now with all the P.C. and with all the wimpifying, wussificating and basically making men Chihuahuas?”

Something tells me that Bolling and I would not get along. I completely disagree with him on so many levels. I think that we NEED “wimpifying” and “wussification,” because American men are dying in an attempt to keep up with antiquated views of masculinity that promote reckless behavior, stoicism, and isolation. Here are a few detrimental outcomes of masculine performance for men (we’re not even getting into the negative impact masculinity has on the lives on women):

  • Men are 4X as likely to complete suicide. (Boys don’t cry. Don’t talk about your feelings. Suck it up.)
  • 17% of men vs 8% of women will meet criteria for alcohol dependence at some point in their lives (according to the CDC) (Chug, Chug, Chug. Don’t be a pussy, just drink it. Frat party!)
  • Out of 215,273 homicides studied, 77% were male in one study. Men are more likely to kill and be killed. (Rambo. Need I say more?)

The fact is: masculinity kills. It kills the bodies and minds of innocent people, and for what? For the sake of assholes like Bolling comparing you to a pitbull instead of a chihuahua (whatever the hell that even means)?

The reason America is in a “free fall” is because douchebags like Bolling spout their vitriol, and people sit in their Lazy Boys and gobble it up. They nod their heads and blame victims, because that’s what those basketball players are, victims. They nod and blame the victim, when the person they should be blaming is yammering away on Fox News, reinforcing ideologies that kill people.



  1. Maverick says:

    I agree with you, and I don’t. I completely agree that Rice was over the line and deserved being fire. I also agree that that form of ‘masculinity’ has no place in our world, and Bolling seems to have no idea what the ‘wussification’ problem is.

    However, the ‘wussification’ of this country is a difficult problem that does need to be addressed. Your statistics do not show any correlation between them and men’s masculinity. That is speculation. For example, men are often under more pressure as they are more likely to be the one’s supplying for the family (wrong or right, it is what it is right now). Men are also more likely to have head related sports injuries…increasing the chance of suicide based off of physical damage rather than their feelings of masculinity (and before you argue the sport itself is an example many just enjoy playing and do not care about the after effects quoted from many players). For alcohol, men are more likely to drink harder liquor and women are more likely to recognize their limits. Part of that is because in our society, men are more likely to take advantage of women at bars so women have to know when enough is enough or be afraid of being taken advantage of. Finally, homicide. Yes, men are more likely to commit it, but then men are also more likely both biologically and physiologically to be capable of it. There are mental disorders that are more likely to affect men than women that encourage the ‘alpha male’ problem. Also, men are more likely to have weapons, simply because they are more likely to be fascinated by them.

    Wussification has its part. Everyone needs to learn to treat others with respect and not intentionally hurt one another with words or fists. But at the same time, the ‘victims’ need to know when they are actually a victim and when they simply need to grow up and realize that the world is not a nice place to be. We see people being fired and they cling to anything but themselves as the problem. We see people upset that they aren’t trying to better themselves because others are too worried about being PC to tell them to do so. If someone is poor, it’s not always the system’s fault, but we are taught not to tell them to ‘get a job’ because they already have enough problems. Also, nowadays if someone is offended by a joke that is not directed at them or about them, they can still complain to HR and get the other person canned. When did a private conversation have to be ‘approved’ by those not even in it?

    • slcfeminist says:

      Your comment is full of a lot of commentary on several different issues; I hope that one of our readers is better equipped with the time to unpack everything contained in your comment.

      As far as the correlation between masculinity and the problematic behaviors listed, we recommend taking a look at a few texts on masculinity. A good jumping off point might be Michael Addis’ “Invisible Men: Men’s Inner Lives and the Consequences of Silence.”

      Thanks for your input!

      • Maverick says:

        I want to thank you for the reply and apologize for the gap between the show of gratitude; I didn’t realize I had not clicked the check box to receive notifications. I will also check out the material you provided. Like I have said before, I enjoy learning of others’ views (specifically if they challenge my own) to help me better understand why I believe what I do or why I am wrong to believe what I do.

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