Meadville Tribune

Opinion

March 27, 2014

It’s time to fight against the war on men and boys

A couple of years ago my wife and I were walking toward Boscov’s in the Beaver Valley Mall. As we approached the entrance we were greeted by two women sitting behind a large table. One of them yelled, “Would you like to buy a pink ribbon to fight breast cancer?” I said that I would if I could buy a ribbon to fight prostate cancer. They looked at each other, then, back to me with a puzzled look on their faces. One asked what color is the prostate ribbon. I guess that says it all!

Although more men contract prostate cancer every year than women contract breast cancer, it appears that few people are aware of that fact. We are surrounded by pink ribbons on a daily basis in stores, on TV and every other type of media. Professional football players display pink on their uniforms although many of them will be attacked by prostate cancer and not breast cancer. Now breast cancer advocates even have a month, October, to attempt to surround all of us in pink.

Many organizations and hospitals offer free breast cancer screenings but men have to pay for their prostate cancer screenings.

Men are also attacked in other ways. On TV, most of the men are depicted as stupid or silly. Ditto for the “funnies” in our newspapers. Check your local card shop and see how many of them sell cards depicting men as dunces or ineffective and women as tolerating.

The attack on boys is more virile. Wrong-headed progressives are trying to “wussify” our boys. They cannot accept the fact that boys have different play choices than girls do. They want to put bubble wrap around their bodies so they don’t get the scratches and bumps that are part of growing up as a boy. The millions of men who stormed the beaches in the Pacific and on D-day did not acquire their toughness by playing with dolls, nor did the men who fought in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The most egregious attack on boys and some girls is the patently stupid “Zero Tolerance” policy that many schools have accepted. You can be sure of one thing, if your school embraces the “Zero Tolerance” policy it is run by administrators who have “Zero Intelligence” and they are dangerous because they do not understand the causes of violence in our schools. It is not because some young boy brings a 2-inch plastic toy gun. It is not because a teen brings hunting clothes and a shotgun to school locked in the trunk of his car because it is the first day of small game season.

When I was in elementary school most youngsters wanted a pair of “hi-tops” for Christmas. The boots had a pocket on the side of the right boot. Inside that pocket was a small pen knife. Before and after school we played a game with the knives called “Mumbly-peg.” In all of my years I never heard of one boy causing trouble with their knives. And, most of us brought our hunting clothes and shotguns to school tucked away in the trunks of our vehicles.

We live in a “sex and violence” drenched society. It is all around us. All phases of our entertainment industry attack our moral sensibilities and even the concept of morality. We are afraid to discipline students in our schools and keep fooling ourselves by saying that educational results will improve if we only spend more money. Parochial schools prove that concept is wrong. Where is common sense when we need it?

I guess we men just want the same programs that are offered to women even though we realize about a million men will not be able to take advantage of the programs because they perished defending this country. We also want some common sense in dealing with our children who are treated like guinea pigs in a progressive laboratory.

Paul Dici is formerly of Meadville but currently resides in Ellwood City.

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