Tucker Carlson interviewed Christina Hoff Sommers, author of War Against Boys, in the last part of his March weekly series 'Men in America.' Carlson explained how the "patriarchy" has been dead, why the education system is failing boys, and that then-President Obama pushed the idea that girls thrive when men fail. He later addressed college courses that seek to fight "toxic masculinity."
"The most remarkable fact about the decline of men in America is how relentlessly our leaders pretend it's not happening at all," Carlson said. "The patriarchy is thriving they tell us, men are in charge and they succeed precisely to the extent they thwart the progress of women. Society is a zero-sum equation in which a man's gain is a woman's loss. This is wrong and we must rectify it. That's the message."
"The patriarchy is gone. Women are winning. Men are failing," he declared.
Hoff Sommers wondered if boys fail then what is going to happen to girls.
"I think too many of the activist groups think that there is a trophy and either Venus is going to win or Mars and their job is to root for Venus. No. There's not a trophy. Men and women and boys and girls, we're in this together. And if boys are in trouble, so are we all. I mean these are the young men with whom our daughters and granddaughters are going to make the future. So if boys are failing, what's going to happen to girls?" Hoff Sommers asked.
From the Wednesday night monologue of his FOX News show Tucker Carlson Tonight:
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: The most remarkable fact about the decline of men in America is how relentlessly our leaders pretend it's not happening at all. The patriarchy is thriving they tell us, men are in charge and they succeed precisely to the extent they thwart the progress of women. Society is a zero-sum equation in which a man's gain is a woman's loss. This is wrong and we must rectify it. That's the message.
Those also happen to be the core assumptions of second-wave feminism which became popular 40 years ago just as many of our baby boom leaders were coming of age. And yet none of those assumptions are true today. America has changed completely.
The patriarchy is gone. Women are winning. Men are failing.
Men in America are now far more likely to die of a drug overdose, drop out of the workforce because of an addiction, commit a felony, and go to prison. They fail in school much more often than women do. They kill themselves at many times the rate, overall they died years younger. Those numbers are not speculative, they are hard data gathered over decades by nonpartisan researchers. You'd have to ignore a huge amount of settled science in order to repeat the pieties of 1970s-era feminism and yet that's exactly what our leaders continue to do.
Almost every campus has a women's studies department. In many of them, the stated goal is to fight expressions of masculinity and disempower men. At Ohio State, a course is underway this spring called 'Be A Man: Masculinity's Race And Nation.' The syllabus for that course explains that masculinity is used to "justify certain kinds of violence by men." On the first day of class, students were required to consult a male privilege checklist.
At Duke University, North Carolina, a nine-week workshop meant to devise ways to undermine "masculinity and maleness" as well to create destabilize spaces for those with privilege, meaning men. Similar projects have sprouted at colleges all over the country.
Under the Obama administration, the Department of Justice created something called the Healthy Masculinity Campus Athletics Project.' The coordinator of that program at Wheaton College summed up that objective this way: "As a country, we need to do a better job of addressing issues around toxic masculinity." Left unasked was the most basic question of all, is masculinity itself really toxic and what happens to boys when we tell them it is?
It's why we understood that attacking people for their basic nature is unhealthy and it's wrong. A government-funded program designed to fight 'toxic femininity' or 'toxic homosexuality' probably would not escape the scrutiny of Congress or the media. At the very least, its supporters would have to explain why our country needs a program like that. And yet nobody has been forced to explain why boys who are already failing need to be held back further. And so they are.