Ah, the good ol’ days, or ‘Those were the days’, as Archie and Edith Bunker always sang together with such schmaltzy sentimentality during the opening theme of the now iconic TV sitcom ‘All in the Family’. The song, as well as the values which Archie Bunker espoused purported to be of a ‘Bedrock, All-American’ type of white, male-dominated, Christian, family-oriented civilization.

What the show’s unabashedly liberal agenda wanted to expose at the time was an insidiously systematic undercurrent of racism, bigotry, and sexism in American society, and hoped to change the tone of the social discourse in America as a result.

Well, it did. And how. The torrent of change which America, and the entire western world has experienced since the late 1960s and early 1970s is almost too much for the social fabric of western civilization to be able to withstand and still be able to function normally. Granted, the push for women’s emancipation had begun much earlier, and was part of the evolution of western civilization from being based on absolute monarchy, feudal land tenure, rural and agrarian living, and the dominance of folk ways, folk culture, as well as the pre-eminence of Christianity as a more or less omnipresent factor in the spiritual as well as the political, social, and economic lives of the citizenry.

This changeover, which accelerated with the advent of the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, and the French and American Revolutions, with their accompanying doctrines of republicanism, and separation of Church and State into separate and eventually, in some cases, almost mutually exclusive sacred and secular spheres, only served to speed up the process of social ferment in western civilization, and has brought us to where we are today.

And where, precisely, is that, pray tell? Well, the way I see it is that ‘the ol’ block’, so to speak, represented by the heretofore seemingly monolithic structures of male dominance, are under assault from all quarters. The white, Christian, heterosexual, middle class male has, for all intents and purposes, been accused, tried and convicted in the public forum of virtually every possible so-called ‘sin’ imaginable to humanity: Patriarchy, Hierarchy, Monarchy, Eurocentricism, Imperialism, Cultural Monolithism, Racism, Roman Catholicism, War, Genocide, Fratricide, Collateral Damage, Rape, Spousal Abuse, Child Abuse, Cultural Genocide, Narcissism, being sophomoric, lazy, oversexed, cowardly, spineless, immature, incapable of commitment, disorganized, slacker, bigotry, alcoholism, and generally a whole host of unholy sins too lengthy to enumerate.

What I’m saying is that it seems to be open season on us guys. The line of reasoning seems to go something like this: ‘Well, white heterosexual Christian males dominated everything for thousands of years and screwed everything up, so we can afford to cut them down to size and take as many chips off their ‘ol’ block’, as we please, because, after all, it’s such a big ‘block’, that it’ll never break apart and will never crack, and will never disintegrate. It’s TOO BIG TO FAIL!’

Funny, didn’t I hear that somewhere before about America’s big banks, corporations and governments of the west? Well, they’re on the ropes too, because we blithely ignored the warning signs of their possible demise when it was time to do so.

Well with men it’s the same thing. Men are hurting. We get scared and miss our parents when they die just as much as any woman does. We get hungry, angry, lonely and tired, just like anybody else, and need the support of an understanding and supportive woman just as much as she needs us. The male gender is not something or someone who is almighty and who can function as an autonomous person fully without the help of a mate.

That’s why man and woman were created to be with each other, and complement each other, to complete each other, not to compete with each other, as is the case in the current climate of gender politics. Women have been sold a bill of goods that they somehow have to ‘beat men at their own game’, and ‘muscle their way into the highest echelons of political and corporate power’, and jolly well push the men out, or at least push them around, like we increasingly see portrayed in the movies and on television, with women cops, soldiers, corporate types and secret agents all karate chopping men in the testicles, or otherwise telling them where to put it.

This is all part of the agenda being pushed by the women’s lobby in Hollywood and elsewhere to have women portrayed in positions of dominance, control, and leadership in the media, so that it will spur women to act the same way in the real world. I’m not sure if advocating for such an aggressive and conflict-oriented agenda is a positive thing for the preservation and promotion of a stable social fabric.

Not that I would want to go back to having a country populated by Archie and Edith Bunkers. The ‘good ol’days’ are long gone, so Archie and Edith can sing all they want, it won’t bring them back. However, it is incumbent upon everybody in America, and elsewhere in the west, to promote gender equality and gender peace in, well, a ‘peaceful’ way, and not have us constantly facing a barrage of post-modern pressure-cooker gender-bending conflicts which attempt at all costs to chip all the more off the ‘ol’ block’.

Our ‘block’ may be big and ‘old’ but we’re not ‘blockheads’, by any stretch of the imagination. We just need that ‘lovin’ spoonful’ from some gal that we can call our own and that we can stand by each other through thick and thin. I’ll cook supper if you’ll iron my shirts, honey. And oh yeah, I’ll vacuum if you’ll clean the toilet bowl!

Now how’s that for a ‘Bedrock, All-American Family’!

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