Military veteran Tim Kennedy appeared on “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning and suggested that mass shootings are the result of a feminization of young men.
The Special Forces sniper and former UFC fighter’s remarks came in the wake of two deadly weekend mass shootings – one in El Paso, TX and another in Dayton, OH – that have shaken the nation.
“The fact that somebody’s saying there is a ‘toxic masculinity’ problem when in fact there’s not enough masculinity, what we’re doing to our boys right now is we’re stunting them,” Kennedy said. “We are built, we are hard-wired to do incredible things — protect is one of them.”
Kennedy gave examples of how, in his view, American society was suppressing “hard-wired” male energy to disastrous ends.
“When you give [young men] ADHD medications and you tell them ‘you can’t go climb a tree, that they can’t be busy in the classroom,’ [mass shootings] are the results,” he said. “You have to let boys be boys.”
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“I don’t know what I’m going to do but I still have that same energy and that’s a great thing, that got us to the moon, that defeated the communists, that stopped the fascists and the real Nazis in Normandy. Those weren’t little boys and girls that were storming the beaches of Normandy, those were men,” Kennedy added.
In a lengthy Instagram post shared the day after the Dayton and El Paso shootings, Kennedy decried society’s demonization of masculinity.
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In a time where masculinity has been demonized. When identifying toxic masculinity is more celebrated than a man’s achievements. What we are seeing is the most vile form of that rage being realized. Masculinity is about being a protector. Masculinity is about integrity. It is hardwired into every single man’s soul. We all have a choice to fight. We are all warriors on the inside. But if that is suppressed, if that is denied, it manifests in the most unhealthy ways. We have to a have purpose and let that purpose be fulfilled. We have to stop telling our young men to be anything else but a man. Strength is good. A fierce passion to protect the helpless is good. An insuppressible desire to explore and discover should be encouraged. Danger should be sought out and success should be rewarded. No medals for participation. But elation with every accomplishment. Let’s celebrate what it means to be a man. We stormed the beaches of Normandy to stop the Nazis. Placed the American flag on Iwo Jima and built the Chrysler building in New York City. Let’s remember what it means to be a man and most of all let us show this next generation what it looks like to be a man. Let them see you fail. Let them see you sweat. Let them see blood. Let them see tears. But most of all let them see us be men. #men #man #masculine #masculinity #pharmaceutical #adhd #add
“Masculinity is about integrity. It is hardwired into every single man’s soul,” Kennedy wrote in the post. “We all have a choice to fight. We are all warriors on the inside. But if that is suppressed, if that is denied, it manifests in the most unhealthy ways.”
The retired MMA fighter responded on Thursday to a Twitter user who criticized him for appearing on Fox News by tweeting: “I’m just trying to help protect us from future shootings.”
Tim Kennedy and the “toxic masculinity” debate
The eradication of “toxic masculinity” is at the top of the list for feminist and progressive movements aiming to beat back the purported injustices of the patriarchy.
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There have been no shortage of think pieces attempting to link misogyny to mass shootings such as the Dayton and El Paso tragedies.
The Dayton shooter’s misogyny is part of a well-worn pattern of shooters having a documented history of violence or threatened violence against women. https://t.co/GBHyLqydHd
— Vox (@voxdotcom) August 6, 2019
In the past week alone, media outlets Vox, ThinkProgress, The Cut and The Week have all published articles arguing from such a framework.
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