The feminized atmosphere

Ah the tragedy of manhood today, having to live in a “feminized” atmosphere in which being a bully isn’t unreservedly admired by 100% of everyone. Britt Hume of Fox “News” is sad and upset about the tragedy. He blames women.

During a panel discussion on the Fox News show Media Buzz, host Howard Kurtz asked if [Governor Chris] Christie’s “bully image” was hurting him after his administration was accused for closing part of the busiest bridge in the world to hurt his political opponents.

“I have to say that in this sort of feminized atmosphere in which we exist today, guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct and are kind of old-fashioned tough guys run some risks,” Hume opined.

Oh I know. It’s so sad. All Governor Christie did was create a colossal traffic jam for his own purely selfish reasons. In normal times, before all this feminization nonsense, who would have objected to that? No one! All those people stuck on the approach to the George Washington Bridge, breathing exhaust fumes and late for work – would they have frowned on a little piece of mischief like that? No in thunder! Because in those days men were men and women were at home putting the corn flakes away and nobody had anything but love for bullying and spite.

“Feminized!” Fox News contributor Lauren Ashburn gasped.

“Atmosphere,” Hume nodded. “By which I mean that men today have learned the lesson the hard way that if you act like kind of an old-fashioned guy’s guy, you’re in constant danger of slipping out and saying something that’s going to get you in trouble and make you look like a sexist or make you look like you seem thuggish or whatever. That’s the atmosphere in which we operate.”

“This guy is very much an old-fashioned masculine, muscular guy,” he added. “And there are political risks associated with that. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but that’s how it is.”

Of course it shouldn’t be. Good god. If a guy is big and muscular well then he should be punching his subordinates every chance he gets. Anything else is a surrender to the forces of feminization! This terrible smothering atmosphere in which adults are expected to refrain from abusing their muscles or even their political office which they earned fair and square by being big and muscular – well it’s a scandal, that’s all. God damn sissy women killing all the buzzes.


  1. A. Noyd says

    Yet, if Christie were a woman, the bridge thing would be seen as bitchy backstabbing. Just like a woman to go after her opponents indirectly instead of confronting them head on like a man, and all that.

  2. Al Dente says

    It’s a damn shame that a bully like Christie can’t be an asshole to thousands of people without someone objecting. :b

  3. Ysanne says

    Horrible feminized atmosphere. Holding men behaving in a bully-ish way accountable for their behaviour. Weren’t those olden-days muscular masculine manly men supposed to stand up for what they thought was right and accept the consequences of their actions, instead of starting to whinge about meanie girls if someone tells them “hey dude, that was a dick move”?

  4. brucegee1962 says

    I’m assuming that, back last summer when the IRS was being accused of bullying GOP groups using exactly the same sorts of political sharp elbows, there exists video of Britt Hume defending them and talking about how awesome and manly the IRS was being. Right? Surely John Stewart will be able to dig up some of said videos, right?

  5. HappyNat says

    I like that giving a shit about how people are treated is “femimized”. No you dolts, it called empathy and it’s what separates us from you.

  6. haitied says

    I prefer this atmosphere really. A little too much CO2 but otherwise fairly thoughtful and articulate.

  7. Jackie wishes she could hibernate says

    Again a sexist takes aim at women and ends up hitting everyone. Is selfishly and illegally abusing your power in such a way that it costs lives actually a masculine trait? No. It’s the trait of an entitled, horrible person. The suggestion that compassion and responsibility are traits only belonging to the feminine is so insulting to men. Suggesting that it was a good thing that men in power could once abuse that power without losing it is just plain wicked. I can hardly believe there are people who think otherwise, but there are. It’s just appalling.

  8. says

    Yet, if Christie were a woman,

    …then she wouldn’t be the governor of a state, as fatness is inherently and inescapably disqualifying in politics for women, and “only” the source of hideous opprobrium for men.

  9. says

    Oh, now he’s masculine and muscular? What happened to making fun of him for being fat and having man-boobs? Are we done with that now that he’s proven himself to be a colossal scumbag? Welcome to the family and all that?

  10. says

    if you act like kind of an old-fashioned guy’s guy, you’re in constant danger of slipping out and saying something that’s going to get you in trouble and make you look like a sexist or make you look like you seem thuggish or whatever.

    Well, see, the reason for this is that the archetype of the old-fashioned guy’s guy is a sexist thug. A lot of old-fashioned archetypes kind of suck, that’s why some of us are trying to discourage that sort of thing.

  11. Claire Ramsey says

    A masculine, muscular guy’s guy . . . hahahahahahahaaaa

    That is so totally NOT a description of Brit Hume, Chris Christie, and about 99% of the US House of Representatives. . .

    It’s real hard for me to summon up any sympathy for the poor babies who don’t like the icky feminized atmosphere. What a stupid and thoughtless thing for our little Brit to say on TV.

  12. jeffrey says

    Yeah. Don’t ya just long for the good old days when being an asshole wasn’t just its own reward but gave you mass appeal? Of course they’re using such “feminized” terms for it, they’re so steeped in the atmosphere. It didn’t used to be called muscular. It used to be called muscle-brained. I guess inhaling too much cultural estrogen can even cause linguistic softening.
    I’t’d be interesting to drop this kind of neo-primate off at the chimp paddock for a real round of masculine muscle.
    The only thing left would be bridgework.

  13. sc_770d159609e0f8deaa72849e3731a29d says

    Christie denies having ordered the closedown and fired Bridget Anne Kelly, who sounds female, for organising it, which suggests that it has nothing to do with the reasons Hume attributes.

  14. Omar Puhleez says

    “‘…guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct and are kind of old-fashioned tough guys run some risks,’ Hume opined.”

    Yeah. Sounds like he’s seen too many movies; that is, of the wrong kind.

    The wholesome truth is that in the ones that a whole lot of the rest of us used to watch in the picture show on a Saturday afternoon, those sorts of characters usually wore black hats and sooner or later had their faces rearranged, or their careers terminated for good, by a Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper or Alan Ladd.

    That fact must have escaped Hume. He was possibly back there in the dark of the back stalls, too diverted to watch what was happening up there on the screen.

    Such is reality.

  15. plutosdad says

    What universe are these guys living in? Bullies and “tough guys” have always made terrible managers, because they are incapable of listening. These types thrive in partner organizations, which are notoriously inefficient and silod and full of backstabbing, not known for innovation or good management.

  16. sc_770d159609e0f8deaa72849e3731a29d says

    I guess you could say Hume had a… Bridget dropped on him?

    A Bridget too far, perhaps.

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