Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Ol’ Robbo is going to go out on a limb here and suggest the kind of fellah who voluntarily takes a course on how to “unlearn” his “toxic masculinity”……probably really doesn’t need to.

If you know what I mean.

And I think you do.

Ya know, when Ol’ Robbo was growing up, the Mothe pounded into his head a set of very, very firm rules about how boys were supposed to treat girls.  Boys were supposed to be respectful and courteous, and honor girls for what they are.  Boys absolutely did not hit girls (read: Robbo’s sistah) for any reason whatsoever unless pushed to it in the utmost straits of self-defense.  Boys did not impose themselves on girls in any way, shape, or form, nor did they take advantage of their own size or strength in order to override girls’ wishes.

The Mothe called this course of behavior “being a Gentleman”.

In college, though, Ol’ Robbo was taught that “being a Gentleman” is wrong, wrong, wrong.  Because such a code admits that there are differences between men and women.  Because admitting such differences reinforces the Patriarchy.  Because putting women on pedestals. Because condescending.  Because virgin/whore complex.  Because shut up!

Despite this attempted indoctrination, Ol’ Robbo never forgot the Mothe’s teachings and has conducted himself accordingly over the years.  Mrs. Robbo, the Gels, and all of my female friends and colleagues – even the Socialist Juice-box Wanker types – may be delusional, but they seem to appreciate this.

So, what exactly is the practical difference between “unlearning toxic masculinity” and  “being a Gentleman”?

The answer, of course, is “none at all”.

But that is not what all this is about.  “Being a Gentleman” (and its forefather “Chivalry”) is all about taking masculinity and channeling it to good purpose.  What’s going on now is an outright attempt to destroy masculinity altogether.

Ol’ Robbo will simply nod his head courteously and murmur, “No, thank you.”