I‘m concerned about the proliferation of anti-male trends occurring throughout our country. I fear they are evolving into widespread counterproductive movements that will permanently damage our long-standing societal structure. Some of these anti-male trends are actually viewed as positive by institutions of higher learning, members of the younger generation and the Leftist establishment. Reversing these trends will be a formidable undertaking but it can be done. However it cannot be postponed much longer.
Some works of Southern literature have achieved such a secure status that their racial characterizations and use of racial dialect have withstood being labeled “institutionalized Southern bigotry.” A classic case is the escaped slave Jim in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The novel portrays Black Jim as much wiser than his White friend Huck.
Movie depictions of Southerners ran the gamut from slightly exaggerated regional dialects to bigoted rednecks. Cinematic portrayals of Southern females were stereotyped but that didn’t prevent occasional outstanding performances. Consider British actress Vivien Leigh’s characterizations of Scarlett O’Hara in ‘Gone With The Wind’ and Blanche DuBois in ‘Streetcar Named Desire.’ Miss Leigh won academy awards for both performances.
Hollywood films about the South are not attracting the viewing audiences they used to. In many cases, plot lines and characters are less realistic as a result of accommodating contemporary socio/political thinking. The primary considerations for casting for this generation’s films are race, gender and sexual orientation. This is hardly the casting that will attract audiences.
The public is inundated with frequent news reports on the lifestyles and happenings of celebrity women, i.e., Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. Indeed, a segment of our society consists of “wannabee” female celebrities who have an inflated sense of their own importance. A prime example is Karine Jean-Pierre, the first Black LGBT White House press secretary. Jean-Pierre’s press briefing bloopers continue to worsen but she seems blissfully unaware of her flaws. The blundering Jean-Pierre actually brags about her expertise
The shrews on ‘The View’ usually pursue an anti-male agenda, rarely mentioning Cleopatra, Joan of Arc or Jane Austen. And if the topic ‘Southern belle’ is even mentioned, it would certainly be in a negative connotation. Men cannot understand why The View has had such a female following for so long. The female cast of The View doesn’t present a favorable view of women (should I say American women?) And, in addition to reports of constant bickering, cast members frequently resign. In fact, none of the characteristics of the female panel would seem to attract and hold viewers.
Gail Jarvis is a Georgia-based free-lance writer. He attended the University of Alabama and has a degree from Birmingham Southern College. His writing is influenced by years of witnessing how versions of news and history were distorted for political reasons. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Society of Independent Southern Historians and his articles have appeared on various websites, magazines, and publications for several organizations. He lives in Coastal Georgia.