What manliness is all about

Where feminist ideology prevails, egalitarianism replaces chivalry. If men and women are equal and the same, then women do not expect or inspire service — indeed, they may be actively contemptuous of men or claim to be utterly independent of them.

If patriarchy is the root of all evil and men are superfluous to the fulfillment of women (as some feminists claim), there is no call for knightly behavior.

As the natural, inherent distinctions between men and women are increasingly denied — even in military institutions and in the armed services — chivalry is forgotten. Chivalry can flourish only when a culture clearly defines the meaning of masculinity and femininity. A gentleman knows that a woman deserves to be treated in special, considerate, sensitive ways that are reflected in manners, speech, and courtesy. If men and women look alike, dress alike, talk alike, and act alike, then the mysterious, idealistic, or romantic relationship between men & women disappears.

Knightliness and gentlemanliness also flourish when women hold men to high standards, expecting them to be magnanimous, gallant, civilized, and chaste. The ideals that women instill in boys, and that they expect of men, determine the moral level of a society.

Do sex-education courses, coeducational dormitories, and condom distribution in schools promote the chivalrous treatment of women, or do they encourage the lustful exploiting of women for selfish pleasure?

Without the virtue of chastity governing the relationships between men and women, the respect due to a woman’s honor is absent.


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The New Catholic Manliness


Theological curiosity and rigor are not solely male qualities. The mind and the heart, dogma and experience, definition and mystery, truth and love — both men and women need to receive the Faith from all angles and engage it with all their faculties. But we return to natural gender differences again, to what Bollman calls “percentages and proportions” favoring this or that trait: Not only do they want to be spiritual “providers and protectors,” but men will, on average, be drawn more strongly to a religion that provides purchase for their intellects to grasp, distinguish, and, finally, submit to.

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The Art of Manly Virtue

July 7th, 2008

by Mickey Addison

The Art of Manly Virtue

It is a foregone conclusion in some corners of Western society that men and virtue are mutually exclusive things. Especially in our own American popular culture, men are more often presented as hapless perpetual adolescents or dimwitted loons who stumble their way through life haphazardly and without virtue. From television and film characters to homosexual politicians, we are force-fed a steady diet of men whom no one wants to respect.

We have exchanged our manly heroes for a vacant spot…there are precious few authentic men presented to us as role models in the modern culture. The trick is not to attempt to use modern culture as our touchstone.

One of the glories of our Catholic Faith, however, is that we’re not set adrift in modern culture. To extend the nautical metaphor just a bit further, as Christians we have Christ as the “keel” and the Church as our “rudder.” We have the benefit of looking back over 2,000 years of culture: at the contributions of the Saints and our beliefs to the building up of first the West, then later the entire world. When we ground ourselves in authentic culture, and not some sort of commercialized anti-culture, we can see that manly virtues really do have a place in our society… and that bumbling adolescent oaf presented in modern culture ought to be rejected out of hand.

What is “manly virtue” any way? Well, I suppose every man has his own idea about what that is. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines virtue as the “habitual and firm disposition to do the good” (#1833). According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the very meaning of the word “virtue” comes from the Latin “virtus” which means manliness or courage. Both words eventually find their root in the Latin word, “vir” which means “man.” Our language links virtue with manhood.

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