The Gamma and the bench press



McRapey* recently took to his Twitter feed to congratulate his daughter on her weightlifting achievements. Nothing wrong with that, clearly- but then he went and did something very stupid indeed:

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This, of course, inevitably caused the rest of us who aren't a bunch of Scalzied manboobz to fall off our chairs, laughing hysterically. The reaction from Scalzi was apparently one of surprised irritation:

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I'm all in favour of being proud of your kids when they do something impressive. However, advertising to the entire world that your daughter can outlift you is an open invitation to mockery and insults. You'd have to be just plain stupid- or a Gamma male, which is kind of the same thing- to think otherwise.

Why? Simple. Strength is a masculine virtue. If you lack strength, you lack masculinity. Is it then surprising that men mock you for, essentially, not being a man?

I know I keep harping on about this- because it's true and because the world seems to have forgotten it- but there are very real and very obvious differences between men and women. One of those differences is and has always been physiological- men are simply physically stronger than women. We always have been. With a bit of luck we always will be, because we produce testosterone- the hormone that literally defines maleness- in vastly greater quantities than women do.

Sexual dimorphism is God's way of saying, "Life is good."
Let's also be clear about just how pathetic it is when a man who is not subject to any glaring physical handicaps, serious injuries, or long-term health issues, and is still in his mid-forties or younger, cannot lift more than a girl half to one third his age. There are well-known objectively calculated tables available online showing the standards by body weight for adult men and adult women for each of the 5 major lifts. If you check those tables for, say, bench presses, you're quickly going to find numbers that support the truth that we all know intuitively- that men are physically vastly stronger than women.

This is natural and normal.

So what Scalzi is saying by admitting that he lifts less than his daughter is that he is both unnatural and abnormal. (#SimpleLogic, perhaps? I don't use Twitter, since I regard most social media as harebrained and irritating, so I'm a bit new to this hashtag nonsense.)

I'm not saying that every father needs to be able to lift 500lbs to be a man. (Most men can't even lift half that much.) And I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with girls who lift weights.

The exception that proves the rule.
There is something deeply wrong with being a man and a father- and remember, in order to be a father, you usually have to convince a woman at some point in both your lives that you are masculine enough to make a, uh, deposit inside her account in order to grow a fund- being weaker than his daughter. If you can't open a jar without asking your daughter for help, there are serious problems with you.

And if you can't be masculine enough to understand why you look so pathetic to the rest of us, well, I'd say the only rational recourse is self-mutilation. Or horseshoe-back deadlifts. Which is basically the same thing.

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* Copyright Vox Day, of course

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