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Imagine if Alan Jones and an AK-47 assault rifle teamed up to write a parenting manual about raising boys.
Nope, can’t do it? Then get yourself to Amazon and have a read of Doug Giles’ recently published Raising Boys Feminists Will Hate.
Giles’ thesis is as novel as it is dumb. According to Giles, modern parenting has been hijacked by a bunch of men-hating lesbians.
Doug Giles, author of Raising Boys Feminists Will Hate.
These evil non-male beings — also known as ‘women’ — are hell-bent on turning your sons into well-rounded social beings. Or, as Giles scathingly calls them, ‘nice, placid cooperators’.
Giles bases his ideas on the Bible. No doubt this is in the vain hope that anyone who isn’t immediately convinced by his nonsense will come around if they’re told it has the endorsement of the MAN upstairs.
According to Giles, "God’s initial earth boy was born to dominate creation and to exercise authority over the planet". He implores parents to nurture their ‘natural born leader who will naturally want to control’.
If all our boys are raised to dominate and control, who then is left to be dominated and controlled? Oh yes, that’s right, women. Or, more specifically, as Giles writes, "The feminists and the men who have yielded up their private parts to the lesbians, I mean feminists, [who] have an organized system of male hatred that they just can’t wait to slap your son with."
The trouble for Giles and other conservatives who bleat about feminism threatening the natural order of things, is that they embody everything they rail against.
On the one hand they’re constantly banging on about how men are natural born leaders. Then they go and ruin the whole warrior thing by whining about how they’re the victims of a vast cultural conspiracy run by women.
You can’t have it both ways. Either God/nature ordained that you’re a ruler, or he didn’t. And if your supposedly divinely-ordained grip on power is coming undone by ‘handbag hitsquads’, ‘joint destroyers’ and the arguments of rational people, then perhaps it’s time to admit that you were mistaken.
Although, of course, Giles would reply that this is just another myth perpetrated by the popular media. The media, it turns out, are central players in this whole men-hating racket.
"The clear message that comes from popular culture," writes Doug, "is that masculinity sucks, and femininity is fabulous, even for men. Men who would be men are getting pounded in pop culture and everyone is expected to be cool with it."
Doug obviously isn’t familiar with Rocky I, II, III, IV, V and Rocky Balboa; First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, and Rambo; Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard With a Vengeance; all the Dirty Harry films; and pretty much every Hollywood blockbuster ever produced.
But then again, Doug’s not one for movies. They’re for sissies. According to his website, Doug’s interests include "guns, big game hunting, big game fishing, fine art, cigars, helping wounded warriors, and being a big pain in the butt to people who dislike God and the USA".
If you long for a world where men are men, Jesus is a Hummer-driving redneck, large animals know how to stand still in front of a gun sight, and women just shut the f*#k up, then this is the parenting manual for you.
Kasey Edwards is the best-selling author of 4 books 30-Something and Over It, 30-Something and The Clock is Ticking, OMG! That's Not My Husband, and OMG! That's Not My Child. www.kaseyedwards.com