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“Traditional Masculinity” Is Genetic and It’s Why Men Are Responsible for Most Human Accomplishments
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Masculinity is under attack. The American Psychological Association was long ago taken over by the Left, so the APA’s bizarre recent guidelines claiming that “Traditional Masculinity” is psychologically harmful to males and implying that by males should be encouraged to be feminine, shouldn’t be that much of a surprise [Psychologists call ‘traditional masculinity’ harmful, face uproar from conservatives, By Alia Dastagir, USA Today, January 10, 2019, . And nor it should be a surprise that this statement is absolute nonsense.

According to APA—which is so scientifically neutral that it has previously passed resolutions in favor of same sex marriage—“Traditional Masculinity” is defined as “a particular constellation of standards that have held sway over large segments of the population, including: anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence.”

The guidelines [PDF] published in the January issue of the APA’s magazine Monitor on Psychology assert that pressure, on boys and men, to conform to traditional masculinity leads to poor health outcomes, high rates of suicide, substance abuse, violence, premature death and suicide, in comparison to females, who feel no such pressure. [CE Corner: APA Issues First-Ever Guidelines For Practice With Men And Boys, by Stephanie Pappas, Monitor on Psychology, January 2019]

Pappas begins by wondering aloud why, considering the high levels of male achievement in comparison to female, guidelines should be necessary on masculinity at all. She then asserts—and you really have to read the whole thing to pick up on the brilliant sleight of hand—that

The main thrust of the subsequent research is that traditional masculinity—marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression—is, on the whole, harmful. Men socialized in this way are less likely to engage in healthy behaviors. For example, a 2011 study led by Kristen Springer, PhD, of Rutgers University, found that men with the strongest beliefs about masculinity were only half as likely as men with more moderate masculine beliefs to get preventive health care (Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Vol. 52, No. 2). And in 2007, researchers led by James Mahalik, PhD, of Boston College, found that the more men conformed to masculine norms, the more likely they were to consider as normal risky health behaviors such as heavy drinking, using tobacco and avoiding vegetables, and to engage in these risky behaviors themselves (Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 64, No. 11).

Did you pick up on the trick, worthy of Penn and Teller? Pappas commences by implying that people who are brought up to be masculine later manifest various poor life outcomes. But all that research really indicates: these poor life outcomes are associated with masculine males. These “masculine males” could quite easily have ended up as such even if they’d been raised by females who had made them wear pink dresses throughout their childhood.

Reason: the key personality traits on which males differ from females—altruism and impulse control, where in both cases males score much lower—are somewhere in the region of 50% to 70% genetic. (See At Our Wits’ End: Why We’re Becoming Less Intelligent and What It Means for the Future, by Edward Dutton and Michael Woodley of Menie, 2018.)

This is why a boy whose penis was accidentally destroyed as a baby and was duly surgically remade into a “girl,” felt an overwhelming desire to be a boy on reaching puberty. [Health Check: The boy who was raised a girl, BBC News, November 23, 2010] This “girl” was flooded with testosterone, higher testosterone being the key factor behind masculinity and behind such “Traditionally Masculine” traits as drive and competitiveness. [Testosterone causes both prosocial and antisocial status-enhancing behaviors in human males, by Jean-Claude Dreher et al., PNAS, 2016]

Masculinized females—who have masculine interests, looks, personalities, thought patterns and even sexual proclivities—tend to be high in testosterone. [The extreme male brain theory of autism, by Simon Baron-Cohen, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2002]

It is testosterone that is causally associated with all of the problematic behavior which the ASA assert are examples of “Traditional Masculinity.” Testosterone is associated with poor impulse control, meaning those high in it are more prone to become addicted to drugs. It is additionally correlated with low altruism, meaning high-T men are more likely to be violent, get into fights, commit crime and end up in prison. It is both directly and indirectly associated with poor health because, on the hand, addiction-prone, impulsive people are more likely to take risks, including with their health, while, on the other hand, high-T is correlated with conditions such as heart disease, meaning that men die younger. [Testosterone and cardiovascular health, by Andrew Elagazi et al., Mayo Clinical Proceedings, 2017]

Even having “strong beliefs” about sex roles is likely to be a function of testosterone because people who are high in Agreeableness (and thus low in testosterone) tend not to be opinionated. [Examining the Relations Among Narcissism, Impulsivity, and Self-Defeating Behaviors, by Joshua Miller et al., Journal of Personality, 2009]

Testosterone indirectly explains the higher male suicide rate as well. Being more impulsive, males are more likely to kill themselves. Males also tend to kill themselves while drunk; drunkenness and alcoholism being associated with low impulse control [Alcohol dependence, excessive drinking and deliberate self-harm: trends and patterns in Oxford, 1989-2002, by C. Haw et al., Social Psychology and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2005].

In other words, there’s very little that the APA’s “guidelines” can do about the problems associated with “Traditional Masculinity” because men are prone to them for genetic reasons. The pathological outcomes of “Traditional Masculinity” inevitably follow from these genetic propensities.

The APA also highlights a particularly masculine culture among blacks, which it claims leads to very pronounced levels of violence and criminality among black males. Of course, they forget the simpler explanation: black males have higher testosterone levels than white males; they are more “masculine”. [Race, Evolution and Behavior, By J. Philippe Rushton, 1995]

Pappas’s propaganda is simply an attempt to undermine male self-confidence; to tell males that masculinity is bad, that something has to be done about it.

But it is equally true that the reason for high male achievement is also “Traditional Masculinity.” One recent study took markers of testosterone at a national level—such as number of life time sexual partners, intercourse frequency, how man-like on average is the hand shape, the average hairiness of the fingers, the population frequency of alleles associated with testosterone and various other measures—and correlated these with national per capita levels of genius, as defined by per capita science Nobel prize achievement. [National-Level indicators of androgens are related to the global distribution of number of scientific publications and science Nobel prizes, By Dimitri Van der Linden et al., Journal of Creative Behavior, 2018] The study found that one you substantially control for national IQ—by only looking at countries with an IQ of over 90—average national testosterone level (in other words, average masculinity level) predicts per capita science Nobel Prize achievement.

Males must not be ashamed of being males. The downside of being male is inseparable from the upside: the fact that it is men who have been responsible for pretty much anything of consequence ever accomplished by human race.

Lance Welton [Email him] is the pen name of a freelance journalist living in New York.

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  1. Rational says:


    All the greatest discoveries/inventions we know of today have been by men. Eg.

    Newton’s Laws of Motion.
    Jet Engine.
    Keplers Laws. Planetary Motion. Calculus.

    Over 99%.

    Thus, men hold 99% of the intelligence present in the world; women barely 1%.

    And women are not good at verbal skills either. Their better verbal skills are a lie.

    Eg. most famous songs by women are actually written by men. I was talking to some people in college playing beautiful Indian music, by women, and told me all the Bollywood lyricists are MEN.

    Just read women’s profiles on They cannot even spell and have trouble spelling words that sound similar, such as rite and wright and right.

  2. Rational says:


    They told me women are good for cooking only. Well, they can’t even do that. Most of the best chefs are men!

    They told me women are good for having kids only. Well, white American/European women cannot even do that. See:

    Most women have a big mouth and a small brain. Mental illness is rampant amongst women. The whole day, they are gossiping and lying and spreading rumors—even at work.

    In ancient times, women were kept straight due to social mores. They knew if they behaved inappropriately, their husband or father or brother could take action. Other elderly females in the group guided them and helped them behave. This kept their mental illness from decompensating, and helped keep it under wraps and their behavior in line.

    Now that framework is broken, women are running loose, out of control, and demonstrating their mental illness, their depravity and their sickness. I see nice looking women who have sunk into the gutter, going around with filthy looking obese thugs with melanocytosis. They also show off their depravity online, such as Sarah Silverman, who wanted to eat aborted fetuses; Barbara Lerner Spectre, who wanted more 3rd rapists and murders to invade Europe, without realizing that she could be their target, etc.

  3. @Rational

    Women have roughly half the intelligence of the human race. It’s just that women are far more likely to be of average intelligence while men are more likely to be either quite dumb or quite smart. This is because many of the genes for intelligence live on the X chromosome and men only have one copy while women have two. If a woman gets a dumb gene from one parent and a smart gene from the other it’ll have a cancelling/moderating effect. Men don’t have that moderation effect so male intelligence varies more.

    You can tell this is true because sons inherit about 80% of their intelligence from their mothers. Do a web search for “sons inherit 80% of their intelligence from their mothers” for sources.

    This also explains why the top people even in fields where women usually excel (on average) are men. Women do have higher verbal intelligence on average. But men’s intelligence variation means that even with verbal intelligence where women do better on average, the smartest people will usually be men.

    • Replies: @Oleaginous Outrager
  4. Dutch Boy says:

    It was my understanding that much bad behavior by men is not driven by testosterone per se but by low intelligence + testosterone (e.g.,the black men cited by Mr.Weldon) . Intelligent people are better able to consider the possible negative results of their actions, which tends to mitigate the impulsivity associated with testosterone.

  5. Yeah, human accomplishments like atomic bombs and agent orange and thalidomide and bauhaus architecture and faceless humanityless macadam-filled car storage facilities for cities and football and opioid marketing and phosphorus bombs and iatrogenic disease and lynching and Monsanto and all these and millions more wonders of human accomplishment we thank men.

    The modern world is a polluted shithole. Largely created by these and other wonderful mannish accomplishments. You people are living in some braindead 1950s dream of technical “progress.” There is what they call this “disconnect” between your feeble brains and the actual world around you.

  6. @Rational

    You are obviously the outlier in this fantastic pool of “smart” men, Boltbrain.

  7. Guy’s name is “lance” and expects us to take him seriously.

  8. And another thing. You boneheads are such pathetic examples of a particularly solipsistic brand of the pathetic fallacy.

    Here’s the kicker: whatever it is you say some “men” or other “invented,” YOU didn’t invent it.

    YOU didn’t invent nothin’. Nothin’. YOU are kind of dumb.

    Here, you’ll like this: you know the black guy who invented plasma (don’t tell me he’s half-black, don’t want to hear your childish diversions)? Well, do you think it’s right that some random black guy takes pride in this invention? As if HE did it? Why no. Of course not. He had nothing to do with it. Being black like the guy who invented it has nothing to do with it. It’s like you saying you can take credit for relativity because you and Einstein have fly-away hair.

    I love it. You say “men” are smart because you yourself are dumb. Typical.

    • Replies: @Oleaginous Outrager
  9. anonymous[191] • Disclaimer says:

    ” most famous songs by women are actually written by men. I was talking to some people in college playing beautiful Indian music, by women, and told me all the Bollywood lyricists are MEN.:”

    Beautiful Indian music? Only Indians can stand Indian music, to me it’s like having an ice pick shoved in my ear

  10. @TheSadThingIs

    If a woman gets a dumb gene from one parent and a smart gene from the other it’ll have a cancelling/moderating effect.

    Not even remotely how it works. One X is inactive.

    • Replies: @j2
  11. @obwandiyag

    “Invented plasma”? Now that would be quite an accomplishment! But he didn’t, and he didn’t discover it or even come up with the notion of using it.

    Shocker: ignorant goof calls others “dumb”.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  12. j2 says:
    @Oleaginous Outrager

    “If a woman gets a dumb gene from one parent and a smart gene from the other it’ll have a cancelling/moderating effect.

    Not even remotely how it works. One X is inactive. ”

    One gene is inactivated (usually) randomly in each cell, so the woman will have (usually) about 50% of the dumb gene and 50% of the smart gene in her brain. Assuming e.g. that the gene increases signal transmission speed, she will have half of the gain what a man having only the smart gene would have. So, the first comment is correct while the answer to it is incorrect. Not all genes are inactivated in this way, but many are, so there is the averaging effect in a woman. It shows e.g. with genes lowering intelligence (causing retardation). In men one such gene causes a clear drop of intelligence, while if a woman is a heterozygote on such a bad gene, she may quite well have some negative effect from it. This is one reason why there could be more very cleaver men than women: there should be twice as many men with only a smart gene than women with two smart genes, since a woman with one smart and one dumb gene has some disadvantage due to activation of the dumb gene in half of her cells.

    • Agree: Rosie
  13. @Oleaginous Outrager

    Typical asshole throws a red herring in and doesn’t even address the very cogent point. The post was not about plasma. It was about ignorant boobs like you who think that YOU invented all that crap that white men supposedly invented when you aren’t even vaguely intelligent.




    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  15. Well I guess they have a point if they mean that lower class males with high machismo tend to be less successful than moderately masculine, high IQ males. In today’s world Bill Gates trumps Conan the Barbarian, and Japan is much richer than Nigeria.

    This is probably one reason why rich white males put up with all this progressive “anti-white male” stuff. It looks like its anti-white male, but it’s mostly directed at traditional working/lower middle class white males, and doesn’t challenge the power and status of the modern white male knowledge worker. And in the meantime macho blue collar guys are discouraged from causing “yellow vest” style unrest.

  16. @Santoculto

    And yet all those problems resulted in the US life expectancy rising from 46.3 years to 73.8 years (M) and 48.3 years to 79.5 years (F) from 1900 to 1998.

    Guess all that guy stuff is GREAT for humanity after all.

    • Replies: @coolhand850
  17. @Rational

    Each has got a role to play in the grand scheme of things designed by the good lord. Men and women were created to compliment each other and play by their unique innate strengths that he bestowed on them. Not to fight or engage in the frivolous (((sex war))) that picked up pace in the 60s and is now gone full frontal

    if you aren’t a troll and what you say is indeed what you think, then you are what happens when a culture loses all concepts of healthy role models and traditional patriarchy. This also exacerbates the lone alpha fux problem with scores of ‘beta losers’ on the sidelines licking their wounds. You come across as one of them

    You seem to be an unhinged woman hater. As a father to a son and a daughter, I feel offended to hear such drivel coming outta your piehole. This is exactly what the cultural Marxists wanted (sow division and hatred between the sexes) and looks like this is what they are getting with your kind.

    Since you brought up Bollywood, presuming you are Indian, don’t go for white women. Most white women find subcontinental men either very beta and lackluster or very creepy/rapey. Perhaps you got rejected one too many times and feel this inexplicable bitterness that translates to women hatred. Not good buddy. Secondly, miscegenation dilutes the gene pool (both ours and yours) and children end up becoming soy boys / slutty rebels.

    This outpouring of hatred against ALL women is quite unhealthy. Go talk to your dot mom. She’ll arrange a traditional girl for you. Then you can lay to rest all this REAL misogyny (not the JYT version) to rest once and for all

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  18. Corvinus says:

    “Each has got a role to play in the grand scheme of things designed by the good lord. Men and women were created to compliment each other and play by their unique innate strengths that he bestowed on them.”

    And that would be your opinion on the matter. There are Christians who do not view in this particular matter.

    “if you aren’t a troll and what you say is indeed what you think, then you are what happens when a culture loses all concepts of healthy role models and traditional patriarchy.”

    I would agree that our society lacks healthy role models. As far as traditional patriarchy is concerned, good riddance.

    “Secondly, miscegenation dilutes the gene pool (both ours and yours) and children end up becoming soy boys / slutty rebels.”

    That would be Fake News. Now, what would God say about the mixing of the races? Please offer the requisite Bible passages.

    As far as the author of this piece is concerned, there is no such thing as “traditional masculinity”. It’s simply referred to as “masculinity”, and it is biological and social in nature.

  19. Anonymous [AKA "NeedaSaneWorld"] says:

    Interesting article thank you.

    I was gonna say the word ‘White’ was forgotten in the title, but ‘White/Westerner’ I guess is not allowed.

    Reading these comments, it’s like a ‘women’ bashing hating blog site. ‘Western’ beta males, are the other side of the coin, being destroy as ‘traditional men’, as what has happened to our ‘traditional’ women, and — you could say they aren’t much to write home about either? hmmm. Or are you just taking it out on women in general by all the media hype that ‘marginalizes’ and demonizes especially white and traditional men. It is pretty horrible for both (only 2) sexes.

    But, I know WHO and WHAT is at the root of our broken down ‘western and traditional’ relationships. “They” created Communism, Marxism, Zion… they ‘control’ the universtities, MS Media, Hollywood, The Fed, IMF… on and on.. they hate ‘traditions, Christians, whites boundaries, family’… so you attack the other, instead of looking at the root cause. Amazing and I would say a symptom a low IQs.

  20. @Joe Stalin

    So today we have to suffer on average 25 years longer than those who were living in 1900. I don’t know if that is a good thing or not. The jury is still out on that one.

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