Friday, October 15, 2010

Rape Culture 101 -- In Praise of Miners and Rescuers

by Connie Chastain*

Earlier this week, like millions of people around the world, I watched the rescue of the 33 men who'd been trapped in a Chilean copper mine for 69 days.

Unfolding over an almost 24-hour period, the true-life drama was compelling. The rescue pod traversing a 26-inch hole drilled through solid rock, traveling the distance of more than two Empire State Buildings, tethered to the surface and light and life by a relatively small cable, a journey predicted to take an hour for each man. The myriad things that could go wrong. The order in which the men, ranging in age from 19 to 64, would be brought to the surface. It was all riveting.

As the rescue began, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith wondered whether the drama might become boring before all thirty-three miners were brought up from what easily could have been their tomb. Not a chance. To see each man's beaming face as he received the greetings and hugs of the rescuers and the President and First Lady of Chile...to see the ecstatic reunions with family members and loved ones...to hear the details of how the men survived by faith, optimism and discipline -- well, it was the polar opposite of boring.

It was also a wonderful break from the churlishness and pettiness exhibited by so much of America's political class in the run up to the November elections.

Of course, the story of the Chilean miners is all over the Internet, as it has been all over television around the world. I can't begin to add anything to that coverage. I can only wonder how differently the story appears to ordinary folks as opposed to those who battle misandry, who advocate on behalf of men, and who are far more accustomed to seeing men demonized, ostracized, legally robbed and falsely accused -- not infrequently by the aforementioned churlish political class doing the bidding of institutional feminism.

As of this writing, the pro-man corner of cyberspace is relatively quiet about the drama, the sites I visit regularly making little or no mention of the story. But the feminist blogosphere's "coverage" is about what you might expect.

At Salon's Broadsheet, the story isn't about the breathtaking courage of the miners and masterful male ingenuity of the rescue... It's about how quickly Hollywood is jumping to exploit the drama ... the wife vs. mistress sidebar ... and how our president has hailed Chile's president....

Jezebel is even worse (how "love triangles" are complicating things for the miners)... I don't recommend visiting Jezebel shortly after dining. Or any other time, for that matter.

The gals at NOW appear to be completely oblivious to the entire event.

Of course the women who are feminists or who have fallen under feminist influence, aren't likely to be eager to recognize, let alone honor, masculine courage, bravery and extraordinary accomplishment. How can one honor such male positives and maintain that rape culture exists simply because men are men, the repositories of flawed masculinity?

Feminists and their puppets, political and otherwise, can wallow in their pettiness all they wish. The rest of us recognize the positives of masculinity, and are more than willing to honor extraordinary displays of it such as the world has witnessed in Chile. God bless the miners, their families and all those involved in the remarkable rescue.

*Connie is a member of the FRS team whose column appears here every Friday. Her blog is http://conniechastain.blogspot.com