Kirsten Powers was once a level-headed journalist/pundit. Then she went over to CNN. The rest is history. She’s now just another wild voice of the left. This article is mostly about Gillette’s ad on toxic masculinity:
Powers’ article starts by saying “The razor maker Gillette is taking on toxic masculinity. Based on the furious reaction to this effort in some quarters, the message is more needed than perhaps we even realized.” At the risk of getting criticized, that’s a pile of BS. The Urban Dictionary defines toxic masculinity this way:
Any male action that doesn’t conform to liberal ideals of what a man SHOULD be in today’s society. If he isn’t sensitive, emotional and docile, he is accused of toxic masculinity.
That sounds like the definition of a sissy to me but that’s another matter. Here’s the heart of Powers’ argument:
Gutfeld asserted that Gillette failed to recognize that “most men” condemn bad behavior “whenever they see it.” How anyone can even utter a thought like this in light of the Catholic Church’s ongoing sex abuse crisis is a mystery. In society at large, we have story after story, case after case, of women who were sexually harassed and even assaulted and who were completely ignored and often demonized when they complained. The legal system turned a deaf ear to them or re-traumatized them when they filed complaints.
That’s a wimpy argument, mathematically speaking. According to Wikipedia, the number of Catholic priests has remained the same:
Worldwide, the number of priests in 1970 was 419,728. In 2012, there were a total of 414,313 priests. While the total number of priests worldwide has therefore remained about the same since 1970, the Catholic population has nearly doubled, growing from 653.6 million in 1970 to 1.229 billion in 2012. In 2012 the global number of candidates for the priesthood also showed its first decline in recent years. The number of parishes with no resident priest pastor has grown from 39,431 in 1970 to 49,153 in 2012. The number of parishes without a priest does not include the thousands of parishes that have closed or merged for lack of priests.
In other words, the number of priests per parishioner has decreased dramatically. How can a person insist that Gutfeld’s argument lacks merit? The numbers state the opposite.
The ad is mostly about virtue-signaling. It’s also giving Gillette’s rivals the upper hand in the marketplace. Once men leave Gillette, they won’t return.