Friday, November 19, 2010

The Right Junk: The Feminization of the Medal of Honor and Bryan Fischer's Truth-Telling About What It Takes to be "A REAL MAN"

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Will someone please get some blood flowing to turn that dick red, for Republican!

According to men on the Right, what every man needs is a good dose of Viagra so his penis can become a weapon against women. What he also needs is a non-organic gun with which to shoot to kill everyone he deems an enemy. These are WHM's God-given rights: to bear arms and to fuck or rape--however the man wants to describe his "conquests" to his homosocial buddies. REAL MEN don't allow limp-dicked dudes to parade themselves off as "heroes"--there better be a body count of raped and murdered people if these brave men are to be honored at all, especially if you're a soldier boy. Mostly, of course, women and men in armed combat, serving their country's government, aren't honored at all. Mostly they're just toe-tagged and body-bagged, or sent back into warfare with so much post-traumatic stress that they can't function properly, even as soldiers-trained-to-kill.

What the latest recipient of the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, demonstrated in recent days is extraordinary humility and a lack of egotistical and testicular narcissism preferred among our allegedly heroic leaders, such as the co-cojones, aka, the Big Kahunas, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. Their politically protected culturally appropriated titles aren't evident in this honored, now decorated U.S. soldier, Sgt. Giunta. The "real men" don't like him. Why?

Sgt. Giunta doesn't have a WASPy-enough name (it's Italian, like mine); he demonstrates an astoundingly endearing lack of ego; he makes public declarations that his wife is his rock, which is taken by the anglo-saxon-hetero-boy-bullies to mean he's a bit lacking in the "manhood" department. His alleged flaccidity of character is an outrage to many, including the intellectually and spiritually turgid Bryan Fischer. But there's a context here for Bryan's hyper-erectile ranting.

Right-wing Crusading Conservatism, in the U.S., is rarely so naked about it's politics as Bryan Fischer reveals here. Radical feminists are accused of being man-haters for pointing out how much and to what degrees men romanticise, sexualise, and glorify murder. So what do we call the White Het Men who do this, but not critically? What do we call the men who promote rape, racism, genocide, murder, and gross sexual exploitation of children and women? The Christian Right-wing has lost all credibility on matters of "morality", showing themselves to be utterly and defensively pro-rich, pro-corporate, pro-patriarchy, pro-racism/white supremacy, and pro-homophobia.

Their "straight" men are anti-gay to cover their sexual abuses of male children and procurement or rental of male prostitutes, which they consider to be "gay" activity except when they perpetrate it. Their "moral" fathers sue the shit out of ex-wive women for fighting to keep or get custody of the children abused by the fathers. Their "moral" brothers are against rape in theory, but not in practice if the rape happens to "foreign" women and children in countries the U.S. is invading, or in countries where women and children are trafficked for Western white het Christian men. Their "pro-woman" politics lack any integrity or even a modicum of plausibility.

Sarah Palin will likely run for president of the U.S. in the 2012 erection election under the pretense of being pro-woman, when all her policies and practices politically are misogynistically racist (anti-women of color), classist (anti-poor women), pro-imperialist (anti-Third World and Fourth World women), and pro-war (anti-"invaded" country's women, and pro-rape of those women too). She's all for refusing to hold rich white het men accountable to all the many crimes against humanity they commit such as indulging in having rapist sex with trafficked human beings, mostly girls, sometimes pre-pubescent girls. You won't hear much from her on that subject nor any other that would politically place her against men's abuses of women. She'll support The Church that practices child sexual abuse as much as it practices giving sermons and passing the collection plate. We have to conclude that her anti-Jesus and WHM supremacist ideology has no more regard for women than the anti-Muslim ideology and practices of the men of the Taliban.

The main difference between the Taliban's misogyny and Sarah Palin/Donald Rumsfeld's/Dick Cheney's/GWBush's/John McCain/and company, is that the Taliban is far fewer in numbers and has monumentally less political power than the white het men I just named. The Taliban has engaged in far less institutional and systematic terroristic activity, including against women, than do the white het men I just named. And, the U.S. "moral" men will try to murder every last member of the Taliban, if it takes all our tax dollars to accomplish it. While the Taliban will never, ever accomplish the task of taking out the terroristic white het men who believe warring against every Muslim nation is a right, a moral imperative, a sport, a spectacle, and a[n inter]national pastime.

To be clear: I vehemently oppose all of the Taliban's activities as terroristic, rapist, misogynistic, and immoral. I just don't think the U.S. government and its key financial supporters and masculinist apologists--white het male liberals and white het male conservatives--have done jack-shit to stop the atrocities we commit daily, hourly, by the minute, each second, against poor women, women of color, Third World and Fourth World women, and patriarchally colonised women globally, including white women who prefer to garner the respect of pro-genocidal/gynocidal men than fight the moral fight for justice and liberation for women, from patriarchal atrocities.

What Bryan Fischer is stating is that not murdering one or preferably several men who the U.S. targets as the current enemy (whether or not we also do plenty of business with them or appoint them to lead the countries we invade militarily, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan) is sissy behavior, unworthy of being dignified with a medal of honor. The not quite spoken-out-loud part is that all women are p*ssies and f*ggots, and so is he.

No woman will ever be given The Medal of Honor: she just doesn't have the right "junk". As has been noted by a woman on Facebook, apparently in these sorry economic times, "the family jewels" are now "junk".

To unpack the term "junk" a bit: it has existed as a term for usually young men's genitals--penis, testicles, and scrotum; the whole package, so to speak--at least since 2003, well before the U.S. middle class's drastically detumescent downturn. It is symbolically synonymous with "the Western mythological right stuff"--an often imperialistic, militaristic, xenophobic, homophobic, misogynistic, aggressive, sadistic, and nihilistic form of courage or bravery or bravado that is both racist and rapist in practice. "Junk" is what men are obliged to allegedly laboriously haul around between their legs but it really is far larger, greater, and protuberant as an idea in phallocentric men's minds than in their pants. But the organ--genital, not mental--that does hang down is habitually and publicly adjusted, self-groped, self-grabbed, self-fondled, and occasionally flaunted or flashed. To "be a [young] man" make no mention of one's own "junk", to never bring social attention to it, is to be effectively castrated, turned into a [non]member of the castrati, a no-man, a woe-man, a f*ggot: a category of person who cannot mythologically demonstrate courage, bravery, or bravado. With swelled ego or swollen dick, real men fuck and rape women and murder other men--IF they and appropriately use The Right Stuff/Junk.)

So if the male soldiers are not killing the bastards we do business with and politically support and pay lots of money too off camera, then we better not be handing out any medals to our soldiers, who are being sent back into service with massive amounts of post-traumatic stress disorder, because the U.S. government has never, ever cared about the humanity or dignity of soldiers in any other than a symbolic, public way.

Privately, sometimes off-camera, in case you haven't noticed, the U.S. government sends our poorest and most racially disenfranchised men and women abroad to murder civilians and non-civilians in "the fog of war" and not be accountable to any international human rights organisations for doing so. Whatever we do in the name of "justice", "freedom" and "democracy" that is utterly unjust, thuggish, terroristic, and tyrannical, is "all good" as long as we have an ample body count at the end of the day, week, month, year, or many years and counting.

When Andrea Dworkin noted precisely what Bryan Fischer is talking about below, she was ridiculed and reviled for being a man-hater, which she wasn't. So is Bryan Fischer a man-hater, a "misandrist", as well as a misogynist, or isn't he?

What follows is from The [Im]Moral Liberal. Please click on the title below to link back.

The Feminization of the Medal of Honor

Editors Note: You can see Bryan Fischer’s Update to this Article by Clicking Here.

By Bryan Fischer

The Medal of Honor will be awarded this afternoon to Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta for his heroism in Afghanistan, and deservedly so. He took a bullet in his protective vest as he pulled one soldier to safety, and then rescued the sergeant who was walking point and had been taken captive by two Taliban, whom Sgt. Giunta shot to free his comrade-in-arms.

This is just the eighth Medal of Honor awarded during our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Sgt. Giunta is the only one who lived long enough to receive his medal in person.

But I have noticed a disturbing trend in the awarding of these medals, which few others seem to have recognized.

We have feminized the Medal of Honor.

According to Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal, every Medal of Honor awarded during these two conflicts has been awarded for saving life. Not one has been awarded for inflicting casualties on the enemy. Not one.

Gen. George Patton once famously said, “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other guy die for his.”

When we think of heroism in battle, we used the think of our boys storming the beaches of Normandy under withering fire, climbing the cliffs of Pointe do Hoc while enemy soldiers fired straight down on them, and tossing grenades into pill boxes to take out gun emplacements.

That kind of heroism has apparently become passe when it comes to awarding the Medal of Honor. We now award it only for preventing casualties, not for inflicting them.

So the question is this: when are we going to start awarding the Medal of Honor once again for soldiers who kill people and break things so our families can sleep safely at night?

I would suggest our culture has become so feminized that we have become squeamish at the thought of the valor that is expressed in killing enemy soldiers through acts of bravery. We know instinctively that we should honor courage, but shy away from honoring courage if it results in the taking of life rather than in just the saving of life. So we find it safe to honor those who throw themselves on a grenade to save their buddies.

Jesus, in words often cited in ceremonies such as the one which will take place this afternoon, said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). So it is entirely right that we honor this kind of bravery and self-sacrifice, which is surely an imitation of the Lord of Lord and King of Kings.

However, Jesus’ act of self-sacrifice would ultimately have been meaningless – yes, meaningless – if he had not inflicted a mortal wound on the enemy while giving up his own life.

The significance of the cross is not just that Jesus laid down his life for us, but that he defeated the enemy of our souls in the process. It was on the cross that he crushed the head of the serpent. It was on the cross that “he disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15).

The cross represented a cosmic showdown between the forces of light and the forces of darkness, and our commanding general claimed the ultimate prize by defeating our unseen enemy and liberating an entire planet from his bondage.

We rightly honor those who give up their lives to save their comrades. It’s about time we started also honoring those who kill bad guys.

(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)

The Moral Liberal contributing editor, Bryan Fischer, is Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, and is the host of the daily ‘Focal Point’ radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. ‘Focal Point’ airs live from 1-3 pm Central Time, and is also simulcast on the AFA Channel, which can be seen on the Sky Angel network.

Editors Note: You can see Bryan Fischer’s Update to this Article by Clicking Here.

URGENT: NEEDED: Names and contact persons for Women's Human Rights Groups: Anti-trafficking, Economic Justice, Reproductive Justice, Anti-Genocide/Pro-Indigenist, Anti-Rape, Anti-War, and more

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Hello A.R.P. readers and visitors,

There is a unique opportunity to get some good mass media press for international women's rights groups (from any nation and any region) working in any area of women's lives: anti-violence, pro-Indigenous Rights, environmental justice, economic justice, anti-trafficking/anti-sexual exploitation, anti-racism, anti-rape, anti-war, and more. I am doing some work for a woman who will publish information on many Women's Rights groups. She has asked me to gather group/organisation names and contact information. I'm hoping the information provided by the organisers and activists doing the work, about themselves, will be what is presented by the woman author of the article forthcoming @ a mainstream media online website.

If you know of any groups or organisations, particularly activist groups and direct support groups, or are part of any groups or organisations doing this or related work, please either write to me at the email address with this blog:, or post information as a comment to this blog post, below.

Thank you so much for all you are doing for women. Everywhere. This is an opportunity, especially, to get some attention focused on important groups who get no press attention at all, so, especially groups working in remote areas, rural areas, ignored urban centers, in the Third World, the Fourth World, the Global South, across Asia and Africa, across Central and South America, and pro-women's rights groups for marginalised, invisibilised women in North America, Australia, the UK, and Europe, women in poor/impoverished areas.

I link to many such groups on my blog, but I know I am not aware of most of what women are doing globally. Please make yourselves visible, known, and supported in ways you wish to see. Too many groups are ignored. The work you do is too important to not be recognised!