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Reader’s comment: Testosterone maketh man

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In response to Laura Perrins: This isn’t about morality – it’s an all-out assault on masculinity, Damaris Tighe wrote:

Back in the day when I worked in the investment world, my boss (who was Gene Hunt of ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘Ashes to Ashes’ in an Armani suit) took his mostly male team plus me to a place called Skool Dinners. Here we were served by young hostesses looking like the St Trinian’s girls. There was a lot of drunken horseplay involving pudding and the hostesses sitting on my male colleagues’ laps. Now, I did wonder whether it was appropriate for my boss to take me and the female secretaries there. But not for one minute was I offended (just a bit embarrassed).

The place was for men to let off testosterone steam. New Wave Feminism is more than an attack on men. It’s an attack on testosterone – the biological impulse that makes men masculine. Yes, it can manifest in negative ways, but it’s also the impulse that when socialised makes men soldiers and fathers. If you eliminate testosterone from men altogether you’ll have not men but androgynes. And that’s the aim.

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