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April 14th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 4/14/10

Editor's Note: Carol Costello’s report on “Male Studies” generated varied opinion from Wednesday’s American Morning audience. Some were unconvinced that such a program would be of any value, others provided a more historical perspective, noting that “throughout human history, the world's social pendulum has swung between male dominated society and female dominated society.”

  • Al: Regarding males living in a woman's world, throughout human history, the world's social pendulum has swung between male dominated society and female dominated society. That is, at least in part, how the pantheon of gods and goddesses came to be. In male dominated societies, the deities were male, symbolizing the fact that males should be in charge, because the gods were male. In female dominated societies, the deities' sexes were changed to female for the same basic reasons. We are just witnessing the transitional phase of the pendulum's current cycle.
  • Dean: It would be great if Male Studies and other efforts reduced male bashing and "dumb guy commercials" and clarify the distortions expressed in books like "Who Stole Feminism?" For example, where is the data to support the "fact" that "it isn't about sex; it is about power and control." Ask any horndog sniffing around any environment; It is about sex! Or do the data show that most men explain that pleading and begging for sex is to make them feel powerful?
  • Wes: Regarding Carol Costello's report on masculinity, I suggest she check out the book, "Knights Without Armor: A Guide to the Inner Lives of Men" by Aaron Kipnis, Ph.D.
  • Ron: It is true that men are not men like it once was and that is in part due to NOW and the men let it happen. Mother's want girls and when they have boys they treat them like girls. Thus, we have boys that are not boys, plain and simple.

How do you feel about the idea of a “Male Studies” academic program? Continue the conversation below.

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  1. Wayne Storrie

    The article on CNN this morning showing Chinese citizens dreaming of having a life style more like America was quite funny. If these Chinese had been given a comparison of living conditions/benefits between the US and a dozen other countries (Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, etc.), I doubt that they would be so quick to pick the US. Why are Americans so quick to think they have it the best, when in fact only the rich have it all in the US, and they are hell bent on making themselves richer and care little about the average American citizen?

    April 15, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  2. Jessica

    Rob, a volcano in Iceland is not so unusual. The island has many old lava flows, pools of boiling water at the surface and extinct volcanoes. Iceland is in the No. Atlantic because it is where two tectonic plates are moving apart. You can stand on a bridge called the bridge between two continents. On one side is North America and on the other side is Europe.
    A volcano under a glacier may be unusual but not a volcano.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  3. Loren Bier

    When you gave the percentages of where our tax dollars go, I'm curious 13% Other... would that be government salaries?

    April 15, 2010 at 7:00 am |
  4. Paul Elam

    Male studies is just one part of an assortment of emerging phenomena that are in reaction to the current feminist Zeitgeist.

    The irony is that since time moves us forward, not backward, these efforts will result in men making momentum to fulfill the feminist agenda before it was distorted by radicals.

    It won't mean men returning to knowing how to treat a lady, but the death of it once and for all. It is about men and women actually being equals, so chivalry will get the final nail in the coffin. Real feminists should welcome males studies, for it will finally help spell an end to the institutions that rendered women less powerful and men more disposable.

    As it stands now, the ideologues want it both ways. There is a men's movement emerging to correct that.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm |