Shaving and Virtue Signaling

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I shave twice a day, once in the morning after I get up, and after the supper dishes are done.  I have never given much thought to the razors I use, going for the cheapest.  However I promise never to use a razor from Gillette again.  Somehow, being hectored at by a business seeking my coin is simply not a way to get my trade.

 

Left-wing virtue signaling as a marketing technique may work among some micro populations, but I doubt if it is popular among men in general, especially when, as is the case with the video above, men are bashed and made to look like evil idiots.  I can only imagine what the man who taught me how to shave, my late father, would have made of all this.  He taught me a lot of other things, including laboring each day to support your family, loving your wife in sickness and in health, protecting the weak, keeping your word, never giving way to fear and being a man to be relied upon.  He never preached to me, simply taught me through his actions, how he led his life.  Too many boys grow up these days without the type of father I was blessed with, or even any father.  All the Leftist propaganda in the world won’t do anything to alter that sad fact.  It will simply help produce more boys in adult bodies, ashamed to be men, useless, and often dangerous, to themselves and to those around them.  The American Psychological Association, a colonized arm of the Left, has just gone to war with what it calls “toxic masculinity” in order to produce more boys in adult bodies.  The modern world has gone to war against nature, and nature always wins,

 

 

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33 Comments

  1. Wow. I dont think that Ad has reached us yet in Australia. Thanks for posting it- that Ad seemed to hilight all the ugly aspects of being a man. Only. So in the spirit of being balanced, Gillette need to do a follow up Ad hilighting all those wonderful aspects we attribute to good men, which you touched upon Don. Imagine if a brand made a lop-sided Ad showing women as nothing more than bitches, gossipers and whiners. My goodness, there would be WW3. Haha. Yeah, Gillette should stick to selling shaving gear and stay out of sexual politics. Because there is going to be a lot of backlash over this Ad. And I hope it’s felt in the sales figures.

  2. Just saw on local, NYC TV news. Today is the 10th anniversary of Sully Sullenberger crash landing his passenger jet on the Hudson R., and a bunch of toxic males saved all involved from drowning and hypothermia.

    We are witnessing the collapse of the nation and our way of life. They are not being murdered. We, collectively, are committing suicide.

  3. Can’t believe how expensive Gillette razors (actually the cartridges) are. $25 – so expensive the grocery stores have them behind locked cabinets.

    I will just buy the generic refills.

  4. ‘The American Psychological Association, a colonized arm of the Left, has just gone to war with what it calls “toxic masculinity”….’

    I wonder if this is as much of a worry as “toxic femininity” which kills off its own young by the millions.

  5. ORDINARYCATHOLIC
    ‘The American Psychological Association, a colonized arm of the Left, has just gone to war with what it calls “toxic masculinity”….’
    When the APA caved to the LGBT agenda and declared that homosexuality was “normal”, the APA became “disordered”.

  6. “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men (mankind, women) are created equal” Declaration
    Informed consent in free will sets man apart from animals. If man is true to himself, he is honorable and keeps his vows. If man is genuine, he loves his mother, his spouse, and his daughters as himself. Because before they had gender, they had sovereign personhood

  7. I did not care for John Wayne in The Shootist. The movie was a subtle way of indoctrinating euthanasia as the Shootist, John Wayne, designed a way for himself to be shot and killed. I am very disappointed in John Wayne. and Jimmy Stewart. Ron Howard, not at all.

  8. Rather than waste away to cancer, John Bernard Books designed a way with a high likelihood that he would be shot and killed. And yet, but for the fact that he failed to take into account the bartender, he still would have died of cancer.

    The movie’s version is preferable to the ending of the novel, where Gillom (Ron Howard) does literally euthanize Books with Books’s own gun —and enjoys the act so much that becomes and killer like Books.

    Both novel and film are meditations on the consequences of a life given to acts of violence.

  9. Try Harry’s. They’re good quality, last very nicely, and I ran into them because they advertise on conservative talk shows and podcasts. Seem to care about selling razors instead of Making A Statement.

    Too many boys grow up these days without the type of father I was blessed with, or even any father.

    Listening to the Larry Elder show last night, he was rattling off the stats– something like 75% of black kids, 50% of Hispanic and some 30% of the rest have no father in anything but a biological role.

  10. I agree completely with your assessment that fathers being present in a young boy’s life as our fathers were in our lives has much to do with a young boy’s proper view and understanding of the world around him and his role in this world, but as important as a father is in the lives of his children, I strongly suspect there is something else of vital importance that doesn’t exist today that existed in our upbringing.

    Why did millions of children live in a world where their fathers and/or mothers(in some instances) were lost to them and still grow up to be responsible adults and raise responsible children? I’m not talking about the millions from the late 60’s and beyond when it became fashionable to father a child then run away from the responsibilty, but those children who lost there fathers in WWII?

    There were so many orphaned children because of that war that going by what we know today, about the importance of a father being present in his children’s lives, by all accounts that generation of children should have been a disaster, but it wasn’t. Something else has to account for that success if you will. I suspect it may have been that the world forced these orphans to grow up in a devastated world and to provide for themselves where no family adult was present. Unlike today’s pandered generation of boys, the WWII generation of orphans was forced into adulthood to survive.

  11. “The movie was a subtle way of indoctrinating euthanasia”

    Oh, I can see that interpretation, although another way to look at it was the John Wayne protagonist attempting to make use of his death to do some good by taking some villains with him as he exited this Vale of Tears.

  12. “The movie’s version is preferable”

    Yep:

    Gillom enters and sees the bartender sneaking up behind Books with a shotgun. He shouts a warning, but the bartender blasts Books in the back with both barrels. As he reloads, Gillom picks up Books’ gun and shoots the bartender, then throws the gun across the barroom in disgust. Books smiles, nods approvingly, and dies. After covering Books reverently with his jacket, Gillom walks home with his mother.

    In his films John Wayne’s characters normally did a lot of killing, but none of them that I can recall gave any indication that they took any pleasure in it.

  13. The latter-day version of “True Grit” was on TV Monday night. It reinforced my toxic masculinity (TM). I mean, I was aglow. Rooster Cogburn is THE MAN.

    Seriously, a money quote, “If he wanted a decent burial, he should have got shot in the Summer.” It was winter. The ground was frozen.

    The extent of my 68 year old TM was on display yesterday when I told the Warden, “Nobody likes broccoli.”

    Bottom line: Do not kowtow to the crazy people.

  14. The 2010 True Grit is the exception that proves the rule: never remake a John Wayne movie.

    After Solo, Disney might want to consider adding a Harrison Ford corollary.

  15. Here is my comment on this advertisement video at Gillette’s FB and Twitter page – don’t let these fools think they can get away with this effeminate androgynous crap. Slam back at them. Let them know what kind of worthless refuse they are selling.

    I shall NEVER buy another one of your products again. May feminism, progressivism & liberalism be forever anathematized. I am proudly a MAN, not a feminized androgynized emasculated coward. You are contemptible, despicable & disgusting. Go sell razors for women’s leg hair!

  16. I like your interpretation. I have the movie and I will watch it again.
    Bounty hunters, marshals and armed forces respond to violence with armed force. They are called peace keeping officers. They and St. Michael have the power of God “to secure he Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our (constitutional) Posterity”.
    They are given authority, as all decent men have authority, to preserve the innate human right to self-defense.
    I am thinking of the man who shot Jesse James in the back. Would Jesse James not have shot the man in the back? The face only means something to the innocent man.
    My lady friend’s father was accosted to catch his chickens for the German soldier during WWII. He tried shooing the chickens away when he heard the Nazi’s gun cock. He turned around and said “Shoot me to my face.” The German soldier left.
    I watched True Grit several times and enjoyed it very much. Thank you for giving John Wayne back to me.

  17. There were so many orphaned children because of that war that going by what we know today, about the importance of a father being present in his children’s lives, by all accounts that generation of children should have been a disaster, but it wasn’t.

    Where? The American death toll in that war was 418,000. There were 27.5 million men in this country born during the years running from 1904 through 1927. The dead amounted to 1.5% of those cohorts. You might investigate the situation in Yugoslavia, where a much higher share of male cohorts perished.

    I don’t think the bloc born during the years running from about 1938 to about 1957 is all that impressive, though I wouldn’t attribute that to WWii death tolls.

  18. I suspect it may have been that the world forced these orphans to grow up in a devastated world and to provide for themselves where no family adult was present. Unlike today’s pandered generation of boys, the WWII generation of orphans was forced into adulthood to survive.

    Again, where is your point of reference. There was a great deal of rubble in Britan, continental Europe, Soviet Russia, and Japan. North America, the Antipodes, Scandinavia, and a selection of continental countries (Switzerland, Portugal) were largely unscathed.

  19. Re WW I and WW II , fatherless children had grandfathers and extended male family in their lives for role models. Brokeback Mt. type films weren’t being made. Most gay actors weren’t effeminate on screen; coming out was a career killer. The 10 Commandments were still posted in the school hallways. Designers weren’t making clothes for men that were androgynous or fey and for that matter women’s clothes were feminine even though slacks became popular.
    The military and FBI had not yet been coopted. I could go on and on.
    As a 1950s grad of Georgetown U told me, “It was a Catholic school then. You never heard of a homosexual priest. Priests weren’t perfect. Maybe a few liked women. Drink was more the vice.

  20. For a long time he company has been owned by Proctor and Gamble. P&G probably has other socially correct programs/ads/contributions with their other brands. Gillette was family owned until the mid-70s. At my Catholic girls high school in Mobile a gal whose first name was Gillette, was related to the founder.

  21. I’m truly a toxic male. When (about once a week) I shave the four square inches not covered by cave man beard, I use an old safety razor, like my father.

    There is hope.

    One, Schick Still Makes Razor Blades For Men.

    Two, Gillette/Proctor & Gamble are toast: get woke, go broke. Recent pool says 80% of Americans think political correctness is a problem.

    Ergo, don’t kowtow to the 20% of your friends and neighbors that are crazy busybodies.

  22. T. Shaw, shame on you for inciting jealousy in my dear husband.

    He was once written up for not shaving…because he’d been on duty for 18 hours, and LOOKED shaggy.
    It was removed because a superior power understood not all are thus blessed.

  23. Ernst, I shared that Babylon Bee satire on the FB and Twitter pages of Gillette. I am sure to be put into FB and Twitter prison for my exercise of free speech. What emasculated, effeminate, limp-wristed, lady-laced, panty-waists! Gillette has no idea what it has done – sealed its fate into profitless obscurity. No real man will want anything to do with their product line, only the LGBTQ sterile sex perverts and the feminist women who need to shave their legs and wouldn’t know a good man even if she were to bump into him! Ha! Ha! Ha!

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