Skip to comments.Questions for Harvey C. Mansfield: Of Manliness and Men
Posted on 03/12/2006 11:04:42 AM PST by Pharmboy
Harvey C. Mansfield.
Q: As a staunch neoconservative and the author of a new feminism-bashing book called "Manliness," how are you treated by your fellow government professors at Harvard?
Look, if I only consorted with conservatives, I would be by myself all the time.
So your generally left-leaning colleagues are willing to talk to you?
People listen to me, but they don't pay attention to what I say. I should punch them out, but I don't.
In your latest book, you bemoan the disappearance of manliness in our "gender neutral" society. How, exactly, would you define manliness?
My quick definition is confidence in a situation of risk. A manly man has to know what he is doing.
Hasn't technology lessened the need for risk taking, at least of the physical sort?
It has. But it hasn't removed it. Technology gives you the instruments, and social sciences give you the rules. But manliness is more a quality of the soul.
How does someone like Arnold Schwarzenegger stack up?
I would include him as a manly man.
But doesn't he exemplify the sort of man whose overdeveloped muscles are intended to mask feelings of insecurity?
Yes, but then he stepped up to become governor of California. He took a risk with his reputation.
What about President Bush? He's a risk taker, but wouldn't his penchant for long vacations be a strike against him?
I wouldn't say industriousness is a sign of manliness. That's sort of wonkish. Experts do that.
What about Dick Cheney?
He hunts. And he curses openly. Lynne Cheney is kind of manly, too. I once worked with her on the advisory council of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
They can't be looking to interview really manly men, my phone hasn't rung all day.
The Times talks about manliness ping list. I believe this is the only time this ping list will be used...
Maybe you were in the shower?
Mine either. I probably missed it while I was out branding cows this morning.(ahem)
"A man has got to know his limitations."
Do so! (a night in jail ain't so bad)
Ewe have got to be kidding.
I *like* this guy.
Sounds right to me.
A decade or so ago, the Pittsburgh mayor, the HOT and gracious Sophie Masloff was hitting on me at a city sporting event. I knew what to do.
Spare us the sordid details, willya.
Ah, Sophie looks like a vaudevillian comedian there.
She was HOT the night we were together.
She actually complimented me on my exquisite Hebrew.
God knows what she meant by the following even after she translated it into English:
"Eat vegetables and fear no creditors, rather than eat duck and hide."
Oye Vey.... and Double Yoi!
Sophie means "love"
Masloff is Russian for "butter."
Her name means Butter Lover.
Whoops, Sophie actually means "knowledge"
Masloff is Russian for "butter."
Her name means Butter-Knowledge.
Smart guy........... that's a slippery slope.
they're very cute...........
I would apologize to you for keeping them occupied for hours...instead, I will give you a nice roundhouse kick.
Actually Sophie means "wisdom", but who's counting?
the sort of man whose overdeveloped muscles are intended to mask feelings of insecurity...from the dep't of spin doctored questions.
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