Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the Algemeiner, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, Independent Journal Review, American Thinker, FrontPage Magazine, Jihad Watch, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, Jewish Press, J-The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, and many others.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Long Live the Manly Virtues!

A friend forwarded me University of Texas Journalism Professor Robert Jensen's ode to pathetic wimpiness (which is posted at, for whom I also write), "Men being men is a bad deal, Guys should evolve beyond masculinity."

Guys should evolve beyond masculinity? Let's hope not.

Call me old-fashioned, but I'm one of those ladies who actually appreciates the manly virtues, not to mention the incredible damage it does to a society to try and suppress them. Walter Newell's excellent book, "What Is a Man? 3000 Years of Wisdom on the Art of Manly Virtue" expands on this thesis and should be required reading in our colleges, particularly for the likes of Professor Jensen.

Beyond being a typical lefty America/Israel hater (hat tip: Jeremayakovka), Jensen makes the mistake of equating maleness with being a jerk. This is standard fare for those indoctrinated by years of post-1960's feminist pap. The modern feminists' obsession with making men and women not simply equal, but exactly the same, has led to the downsizing (pun intended) of masculinity in American society.

The rampant metrosexuality around me in San Francisco is a case in point. If I have to see one more (straight) man walking a small, foofy dog, I'm going to puke! Then there are the guys who can't operate a screwdriver or change a lightbulb, both of which I've run into filling in as an apartment manager.

I guess the best we can hope for is that men like Jensen will phase themselves out by not breeding. And something tells me that's entirely possible...

Update: For some hilarious, thoughtful and blatantly offensive (in a good way) commentary on Jensen's article, check out this Free Republic thread.

[Update: In contrast to the Robert Jensens of the world, click here, here and here for some examples of real men!]

Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.


Blogger Jeremayakovka said...

In the old days, they called San Francisco "Baghdad by the Bay." Now, more than ever.

Saturday, October 14, 2006 1:53:00 PM  
Blogger Ti Ming said...

Blatantly offensive comments?

I am going to have to look again, I missed those.

Saturday, October 14, 2006 2:34:00 PM  
Blogger Cinnamon said...

"Blatantly offensive comments"

I meant that as a compliment...

Saturday, October 14, 2006 2:44:00 PM  
Blogger Jeremayakovka said...

"Virtue" derives from the Latin word for man, "vir", related to the Latin "vis" (force, strength). (Hence the English "vigor.")

The Latin words for woman are "femina" (self-evident) and "mulier", which is related to "mollis" (soft).

Sunday, October 15, 2006 10:23:00 AM  

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