It is trending again, according to The College Fix: “Universities across the nation are taking steps to actively purge male students of what’s been labeled ‘toxic masculinity.’”

William Nardi — an almost Dickensian name, eh? — delivers the news. “On campus, toxic masculinity is often blamed for sexual violence, body shaming, a ‘hyper-masculinized sporting culture,’ acts of domestic terrorism and much more.”

For example, a class at Dartmouth College this semester, “The Orlando Syllabus,” identifies so-called toxic masculinity as playing a role in the mass murder spree at a Florida club during the summer. This despite the fact that the gunman, Omar Mateen, told police on the phone as he committed the massacre he did it on behalf of ISIS.

Nicely, Nardi expresses some skepticism. Modish terms do deserve scrutiny and some hesitation before adoption.

I have done that, yet I do think there is such a thing as “toxic masculinity.” The term seems apt to designate the abuse of an excess quality for rude, criminal, or disturbingly hierarchical purposes.

But the sauce suited for ganders serves Ms. Goose just as well. Yes, there is also such a thing as “toxic femininity.” That would be when a surfeit of feminine characteristics is bent towards furthering anti-social or personally unbalanced behavior. The femme fatale is, indeed, a thing. We’ve all known bitch goddesses.

Worse yet may be when such toxicity crosses sex lines and leads to an excess in the counterbalance, in the corrective:

  • Toxic masculinity in the female results in Third Wave feminist misandry.
  • Toxic femininity in the male leads to White Knighting and a sort of simpering, pathetic deference to the women.

The etiology of the “disease” that is modern feminism may now be clear.

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