White Men Behaving Sadly
Sad white men
At the end of a year in which men behaved badly, madly, and even gladly, how appropriate that an Oscar contending film appears in which men behave, yup, sadly. Indeed all the ladly behaviors that make up the repertoire of white masculinity have culminated in this – a film where we finally understand why the white man is sad, why everyone else is bad and why despite being sad because everyone else is bad, he learns to be a dad.
Manchester by The Sea (directed by Kenneth Lonergan) is a self-indulgent but pretty picture in which Affleck the Younger, Casey that is, mopes around for a full hour onscreen before we understand that something terrible has happened to him. His brother dies but that barely merits a tear from our sad sack chap. So could it be that he has a really bad…
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Women are not obligated to give men sex or attention—that should go without saying—but the asinine brutality of misogyny drives some men to the most vile extremes. This doesn’t go two ways. There is no epidemic of women murdering, beating, or raping men because they feel entitled to do so. The problem lies solely in the fractured realms of manhood, this farcical cancer that is completely based on a violence that we have inherited.
via Becoming Ugly