Jack Donovan, a regular contributor to The Spearhead, often waxes nostalgic on the glory and power of classic male archetypes, preferably those with swords and a penchant for blood. He’s a no nonsense kind of guy; a latter day Hercules that clearly sees any weakness in men as repugnant, or rather what he interprets of weakness. Oh, and he’s especially disgusted with gays.
Simply put, Jack doesn’t like faggots, as he calls them. No, not at all. They seem to offend every fiber in his uber-manly being. It is an especially unusual position, in my opinion, considering that Jack is homosexual.
I would love link you to some of the more prime examples of Jack’s sonny-let-me-tell-you-how-to-be-a-real-man diatribes, but it appears that several of his works that were formerly in The Spearhead archives are no longer available. But you can go to TS now and peruse the pieces that remain there; almost all of them mucho macho masculinity obsessive. It appears that defining manhood and inflicting it on the world is at the top of Jack’s agenda.
His latest round of smartly penned critique of the less than Donovanian is targeted at the Foundation for Male Studies. He starts on the color scheme of their website, which he describes as giving the site “the feel of a queer youth outreach program.”
“Clearly,” he adds, “these guys need to study males a little harder,” with the subtext of this of course being that Jack is just the rough and tumble hombre to show them all the light. Ahh, the colors of manhood. Gee, I hope AVfM is in compliance.
Obviously Donovan can spot a lack of manly manliness from all the way across the world wide web, and this time the foul and faggotized face of the Male Studies Foundation hath offended him so that he has ridden in on his trusty stallion to proclaim the lot of them a bunch of sissies, obsessed with things like education.
His most recent target du jour is Guy Garcia, the recently announced moderator for the Second Annual Conference on Male Studies. He attacks Garcia mainly by pointing us to his own recent review of Garcia’s book, The Decline of Men. And then, without anything I could describe as substance, attempts to paint Guy Garcia as Michael Kimmel’s twin brother, creating a new legion of academicians looking only for dollars and the opportunity to extend the victim label to anyone left in the culture who doesn’t already have it.
In other words, Garcia and the other men and women at the Male Studies Foundation are a bunch of whiners.
Indeed, not very manly at all.
But it should be a familiar allegation. You can see the same thing from manginas, white knights and feminists scattered across the comment sections at A Voice for Men as well as The Spearhead.
For my money that puts JD in some less than credible company, but I maybe I’m just a whiner, too.
It is not that I think The Male Studies Foundation is above criticism. I was seriously disappointed that after the first conference, when they got mugged in the gynocentric mainstream media Jack Donovan style. They failed, and failed miserably, to seize the opportunity (and publicity) by mounting an organized and vocal defense.
Whether that was naïveté, a lack of resolve or just some misguided strategy, I don’t know. But it was a terrible mistake that I don’t think they can make again, and survive.
Whether Guy Garcia is an appropriate choice to moderate the next conference, I don’t know. I have not read his book, and to be frank, have never heard of the man- excuse me, girly whiner.
What I do know, and it is a point that seems to eluded Donovan in every word of his commentary, is that The Male Studies Foundation caused conniption fits throughout feminist academe and in a good portion of the similarly minded media. Their main efforts, it seems, has been dodging bullets from both of these entities. And there is every reason to think that the same will happen again come round two.
And this is a bad thing?
Oh, forgive me, it isn’t being done with a machismo black color scheme or other aspect of manliness satisfactory to Jack Donovan. So I suppose we should all join the feminists in attacking The Foundation.
There is only one real question left in my mind regarding this matter.
What the fuck is wrong with Jack Donovan?
And actually, the question is rhetorical, because I already have a pretty good idea what the answer is. It’s an answer he broadcasts every time he hits a keystroke.
Jack Donovan is gay, and it has genuinely fucked him up.
Rather I should say he has reacted in one of the most dysfunctional ways imaginable as a homosexual male living in a culture that unfortunately often does not regard him as a man. He has become obsessed with proving that he is. And you can see it dripping from nearly every line he writes in nearly every one of his articles.
I recall once in an exchange with Jack him taking the position that a man is better off killing himself than to allow himself to be hit by hard economic times and end up in a position that he needed the help of others.
I also remember his less than erudite characterization of a young male ice skater as a “faggot,” for not choosing a more manly pursuit in life.
It is the same old shame game that has been employed by alpha males (and apparently those obsessed with imagining they are) for time immemorial. By shaming men into fitting one model or another of manhood, and either rewarding or punishing based on compliance, we make men into useful appliances. And in that they are frequently used to one end or another by the alpha thugs that feminists have painted all men to be.
I have long been of the opinion that you should never trust anyone who puts and adjective in front of man, manhood or masculinity. Because every time you hear that, what you are really hearing is control, and never by people that should be entrusted with power over inanimate objects, much less human beings. Graveyards are full of men who failed to understand this.
And they were led there by men like Jack Donovan.
I have no real advice to impart here. This is one of those things that you get, or you don’t, and nothing I can say will change anyone’s mind. But I do have one more thought for Mr. Donovan, though I am sure it is won’t be of much use there, either.
Lighten up, Jack. You’re gay. Just accept it. You don’t have to be heterosexual, or an over compensating asshole, to be a man.