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The Masculine Mystique of Republicans: Charles Blow on Gov. Chris Christie

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Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) February 1, 2014: Are we Americans in the midst of another culture war featuring the Republicans' war on women versus the Democrats' war on men?


Hey, the feminists in the women's movement of the 1960s and 1970s (also known as second-wave feminism) was famous for their anti-male spirit. But has their anti-male spirit become the official party-line of the Democratic Party today as it carries on its war on men? Maybe it has.


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Charles Blow, an African American columnist at the New York Times, suggests that it has in his op-ed column titled "The Masculine Mistake" (dated Jan. 31, 2014). However, he makes no reference to the women's movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Instead, he refers only to events since 1992.


Charles Blow was prompted to write his piece because of the controversy swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a Republican who is described as a tough-talking guy's guy and who is considered to be a leading contender for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2016. The controversy swirling around Gov. Christie involves the closing of certain access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, which of course created a massive traffic jam each day that the lanes were closed.

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The George Washington Bridge connects a certain part of the State of New Jersey with a certain part of the State of New York. In that certain part of the State of New York, there happens to be a large metropolitan area, which just happens to include the media center in the United States, including of course the New York Times. Therefore, closing the access lanes to the GeorgeWashingtonBridge was guaranteed to get media attention.


When it came to light that Gov. Christie's staff had initiated the lane closings as political payback, the media were all over the story. Then Gov. Christie held a two-hour press conference in which he claimed that he didn't know about the lane closings that his staff had arranged. Echoing President Richard M. Nixon's Watergate crisis, the media have referred to Bridgegate. So what did Gov. Christie know, and when did he know it?



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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

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