Everyone knows that today’s institutions of higher learning are nothing more than bastions of liberality, where professors with socialist ideologies coddle precious snowflakes with safe zones lest they be triggered.
But it’s even worse than we thought.
Colleen Clemens, who is the director of women’s and gender studies at the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, said “toxic masculinity” is responsible for the spate of mass shootings and terror attacks in America.
In response to a tweet from President Trump that mental health, not guns, are responsible, posted this on Twitter:
Clemens told The Free Beacon that the Texas massacre, in which 26 were killed in a church, and the ISIS-inspired terror attack in New York City on Halloween that left eight dead were both the result of a “construct of masculinity that asks men to be inhuman.”
“When men feel disenfranchised, and usually it’s white men, they will find a way to feel enfranchised—and killing a room-full or street-full of people is them trying to fill that empty feeling,” said Clemens. “That drive is motivated by a toxic masculinity and a person who is deeply effected by that toxicity can fall prey to any kind of fanaticism. It can be rabid white, misogynistic nationalism and it can be ISIS.”
“There’s a similarity in how America and ISIS teaches men to be: men must be virile, strong, powerful,” she said. “And men are convinced that the reason they don’t have that [power] is because of gains made by women. There’s a lot more space now at the table for a lot of different types of identities, and the anxiety that comes of that heightens a specific type of masculinity that thinks masculinity should always be in a place of power.”
Clemens, who cohosts a feminist activism podcast, said that while the two latest attackers came from different ethnic backgrounds, “contributing to both stories is men feeling something is being taken away.”
“It’s a response to a devaluing of a specific kind of privilege, specifically white male privilege,” she said.
“Clemens retweeted a 2015 article titled, ‘White guys are killing us: Toxic, cowardly masculinity, our unhealable national illness,’ ” the Beacon wrote. “More recently, she responded to Vice President Mike Pence during February’s Black History Month with, ‘Thank you, white male savior. ‘”
Fellow Twitterers let Clemens have it.