Candace Owens is seen on set of "Candace" on November 01, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Life’s Tough. Get A Helmet, Man.

Raise your hand if you have ever felt personally victimized by Candace Owens.

Apparently some college students have, as I learned earlier this week when I visited a college campus in Albany, New York. Being eight months pregnant, I’ve lost any tolerance I had for nonsense, but even prior to pregnancy, when I compare the young adults in the past — in our incredibly recent and short American history — to young adults today, I am not only disheartened, I’m angry.

Men today look like sissies, and I honestly think I could beat some of them up today. Granted, there has been a significant reduction in testosterone levels over time. A study done in 2007 found that testosterone had decreased by about 22% from 1985 to 2002, and in another study from 2021, researchers concluded that testosterone levels in males had dropped roughly 25% from 1999 to 2006. These drops are tremendous decreases. If you are a male living in today’s society, your grandfather and his father had much higher testosterone levels than you. Some people think this decrease is caused by foods, and others think it’s toxins sprayed on crops. Regardless of what the cause is, it’s an issue.

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This had never been more clear to me than when I watched World War II in Color. This docuseries is footage from World War II put in color, and it made clear just how young these soldiers were. They appear as strong men, but their faces still have boyish features. Eighteen- and nineteen-year-old soldiers left their families and their homes, some of them knowing they would die — like the pilots who flew in the Battle of Midway, who knew they did not have enough fuel to return to their aircraft carriers. Women sent their sons to war; wives watched their husbands and fathers of their children leave, many never returning. Their bravery is incomprehensible. But men were stronger then. And women were stronger.

Fast forward to today and we have people who think listening to a conservative give a speech is an act of bravery. These individuals I speak in front of muster up the courage to ask me a question, and they stand up, thinking they will have their Martin Luther King moment. They’re going to say something strong and assertive to Candace Owens and give their “I Have a Dream” speech. It happens over and over again, so at this point, it’s to be expected. But when I spoke at Turning Point USA’s event this week, I planned to speak about economic and social conservatism — which is what I did. What I did not do is show up with the intention of  mothering and raising these college kids. I don’t know why they think it’s an act of bravery to ask a conservative a question, but it was astounding how many people from the queer community had something to say to me.

It is not my job to coddle adults, yet over and over again I was being asked to be their mommy. All they want to talk about is their feelings. They have no facts. They want to be coddled, just as they have been coddled their whole lives, and people are spending upwards of $60,000 a year to continue allowing these students to claim they are victims. There is no greater example of the active pursuit of victimization than a young college student waiting in a long line to attend an optional event to hear an eight-month pregnant woman speak about conservative principles; that way, she could garner the strength to stand and ask a question on behalf of the other people who were victimized by my presence. Several more students asked questions, all of which sadly showed what they deem to be acts of bravery and glory. In fact, some weren’t even questions. They were just statements because they wanted their “brave moment.” Weigh that against the actual heroes of the past, and it’s absolutely depressing.

I did not expect this question and my answer to go viral. My response was something this young lady needed to hear. Life is tough and she certainly should get a helmet. I also recommend she get some kneepads. She seems especially fragile. But I was even more surprised that people on the Right and the Left have been responding positively; people who “don’t even like Candace” have commented their support. I think people are exhausted from coddle culture and they are tired of praising and pursuing victimization.


The pursuants of victimization and these college students should know there is nothing wrong with their life. Stop choosing to be a victim. Being spoiled and coddled is the opposite of a victim. Attending a university for tens of thousands of dollars and opting into a speech proves there is nothing wrong with your life. You’re spoiled. You are actually among the most entitled people in the world. Stop compelling other people to say things they do not even believe all so you can feel good. You are not personally victimized.

I don’t know exactly what’s happening with young men and women, but I do know we can attribute much of the problem to a crisis in parenting. Examining the households that produced these young children would reveal much of the issue. Children need to be raised by stable, strong parents who are not encouraging them to believe everything they do is special and everything they say is rational. Rather, we need parents to be actual parents. This is why, when I go to college campuses, I feel like I am being asked to be everyone’s mommy.

So, take my words to heart: Life’s tough. Get a helmet, man.


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