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"What Will Become of Our Boys?" The Modern Mountain Man and Fading American Masculinity

Periodically, I watch episodes of House Hunters on HGTV about couples buying their first home. Most of the time it is centered around a couple who are changing jobs, moving to a new city, or have just decided they want to own their own home instead of renting. Depending on location, both people have high paying jobs in the city which gives them the ability to pay exorbitant amounts of money for homes either in town or in the suburbs. The camera is right there watching their every move, and if viewers are paying attention, it is not difficult to see how women today treat their men. Some of the most appalling episodes follow couples who are clearly not compatible. Those watching sense this, but the couple does not. Especially the man.His female partner will demean him in every way imaginable. She won’t let him have an opinion, and when he does speak up, she shuts him down faster than you can say Jack Rabbit. More than half the episode is spent listening to her complain about how she wan…

The Real War on Women and How Jane Austen Can Lead Us to Victory

A few months ago during one of my classes at school, a fellow classmate made this statement: “You know, books like the Bible and other holy texts do not have any respect for women.”My immediate reaction was to say “Waaaait a minute!” But I reconsidered. My mouth remained closed because the majority of the class believed the same way, therefore I would have been shot down the moment I spoke, just like when I said “Pirating movies on the internet is against the law. People shouldn’t steal someone else’s work by watching them.”You would have thought I said something like “I ate my dog for dinner last night.”Now that I have taken some time to consider my classmate’s original statement, I have come to the conclusion that she is an egalitarian feminist.Okay, I can hear you now: “What the heck Amy? Using big words, are we?”Well, yes. I am.Basically, I’ve been reading books. This is a good thing if you are reading sound arguments and not the loud ramblings of an author whose love for radical …

When Doubt is a Good Thing

Once a month I sit in the waiting area of my rheumatoid doctor’s office, listening for my name to be called. The room is usually full of elderly people waiting for their turn. There are men who shuffle slowly to a chair against the wall whose wives sign them in at the desk because they can’t stand very long to do it themselves. I always notice their scuffed white tennis shoes with the Velcro tabs and the khaki pants or jeans that sag around their small frames. Their knuckles are swollen with age and arthritis and they grunt softly as they fall into the soft chairs to rest. The wives aren’t much younger than themselves, and sometimes it is the she who sits down and the husband who checks in.After seeing the doctor and having my blood drawn, it is not uncommon for me to run into the some of the same couples I saw in the waiting room standing at the elevator, watching for the doors to open so they can slowly make their way inside. I always step back from them to allow enough room to boar…

How to Rub People the Wrong Way

When Roma Downey and Mark Burnett announced they were filming a new series called A.D. The Bible Continues, I couldn’t wait for it to air. The first series, The Bible, was fantastic. It got a lot of criticism from viewers and Hollywood in general, but that did not deter the directors from encouraging people to watch and enjoy it.I have always enjoyed a well executed project where artists use their own creativity in a retelling of the scriptures. It breathes new life into the stories and truth that I, and millions around the world, hold so close to our hearts. The A.D. series has proved to be another successful project from the director couple that has captivated audiences once again.Peter and his ministry are the main focus in the series. His big heart and love for Jesus, his Rabbi, fills up the screen as we watch him grow and learn in his faith even after the Lord has ascended into Heaven. The disciples follow Peter and he leads them into dangerous situations because his trust in God…