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On his show last night Bill Maher had a monologue about America’s “dickless armchair warriors.” He covered U.S defense policy, Manti Te’o, American men’s obsession with football and sports (could include men across the world who are obsessed with soccer), and “low T” (begins at 2:10).
None of what Maher says is far different than what many on the alt right or in Game circles have said. Jersey wearing fanboys usually deserve mockery. But Maher doesn’t look deeper into the root cause of the decline of masculinity. He wants to take advantage of the low-hanging fruit for cheap applause.
As far as spectator sports go, the NFL, NBA, MLB, and ESPN spend a lot of money trying to get men to latch their self-identity to sports. Though, it should be mentioned up front that Maher is singling out football – a sport that seems to be enjoyed more by conservatives versus the liberal/urban NBA whose fans are also jersey-wearing fanboys. Those organizations aren’t spending those advertising dollars inefficiently. Feminism and Alpha Male Government have crowded out men and made their competitive advantage (vis a vis women) – strength, aggression, functions of higher t levels – redundant.
But Maher is speaking from a place of privilege too. The famous line from The Shining is “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Dull in many regards, I’d guess. But Maher, by his own pluck has a creative outlet, and also spends a lot of time at the Playboy mansion. He’s the quintessential bachelor, and he was able to be that by virtue of his Hollywood position. Not everyone can have that. The rest of the guys in this country work mundane jobs and meet mundane women and might have mundane children. There isn’t much time left for them to maximize their testosterone levels. The easiest outlet is through sports or guns or cars. This isn’t to say that there aren’t plenty of goofy characters out there. But it’s not just a matter of men just deciding to give up their masculinity – to cuckold their lives and their identities to the football players on TV.