Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Tim Allen And Thomas Gibson: Camille Paglia Making Room For ‘Manly’ Men [Opinion]

Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Tim Allen, and Thomas Gibson are representatives of an endangered and oppressed group according to Camille Paglia. A self-described “dissident feminist,” Ms. Paglia has taken on a worthy, perhaps long overdue, but rather ironic cause for a feminist; a man’s right to be a man. Young men need “models of manhood,” says Camille.

Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Tim Allen, and Thomas Gibson, as well as Norman Reedus, are fine male role models. Sadly Eastwood, Depp, Allen, and Gibson as well as their everyday counterparts are being disenfranchised and perhaps even persecuted for their maleness. Camille Paglia says PC is unfair to manly men. Camille is quoted on CBC Radio, insisting that society “stop blaming men.”

Tim Allen’s show Last Man Standing was canceled, while Thomas Gibson’s traditional male role was cut from Criminal Minds after Gibson was allegedly smeared in the media, according to devoted Thomas Gibson fans who protest Thomas’ dismissal on Twitter at #NoHotchNoWatch.

Clint Eastwood, the very icon of all things masculine, is 86 and a vanishing breed, as the societal critic Camille Paglia describes men. Mr. Eastwood will not go quietly into the night though. Clint Eastwood is a very outspoken defender of male ideologies as is Tim Allen.

Johnny Depp has reportedly faced being smeared in the media as well, in much the same way as Tim Allen and Thomas Gibson. Clint Eastwood’s sacred image remains largely off limits to critique, but Clint Eastwood’s older movies have been attacked as politically incorrect.

Camille Paglia shed some light on Tim Allen and Thomas Gibson’s recent troubles, though not specifically naming them, as she talked about the discrimination facing manliness. Camille Paglia is quoted in the Daily Mail.

“[There are] No models for manhood. Masculinity is just becoming something that is imitated from the movies. There’s nothing left. There’s no room for anything manly right now.”

Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Tim Allen, and Thomas Gibson are all veritable archetypes of masculine men, so there are role models, at least in entertainment, but they are being powerfully repressed. More could be named, and most notable perhaps is Norman Reedus and his zombie-killing The Walking Dead character, Daryl Dixon. Norman Reedus could be arguably named the new Clint Eastwood.

Norman Reedus as Daryl on The Walking Dead

Still, Clint Eastwood is 86, and Johnny Depp, Tim Allen, and Thomas Gibson are all over 50 years old. Even Norman Reedus is 48. Who will pick up the mantle to become the wonderful but increasingly unpopular ultra manly icons?

Clint Eastwood and Tim Allen have dared to disclose the problem as politically correct dogma, and Camille Paglia could not agree more. The Toronto Sun has this quote from Paglia’s new book Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, and Feminism.

“The plague of political correctness and assaults on free speech that erupted in the 1980s and were beaten back in the 1990s have returned with a vengeance… We are plunged once again into an ethical chaos where intolerance masquerades as tolerance and where individual liberty is crushed by the tyranny of the group.”

Camille Paglia is an old-school, second-wave feminist. Now 70 years old, Paglia is disturbed by the dogmatic anti-masculine doctrines of third-wave feminism, as it has been impacted by political correctness. This is exactly what Clint Eastwood and Tim Allen have spoken out about and what Johnny Depp and Thomas Gibson are being impacted by. Camille cites Webster’s Dictionary saying that feminism is simply the belief that “women and men” should have “equal rights and opportunities.”

Men like Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Tim Allen, and Thomas Gibson have rights. Men who identify as masculine men are being forced out of society though, according to Paglia, and it’s perhaps no coincidence that suicide rates for men, especially mature men, are skyrocketing according to this Inquisitr article.

Clint Eastwood and Tim Allen, though they are actors, portray blue-collar men who are rugged, outdoorsy, and opinionated. Camilla Paglia cites that the loss of blue-collar jobs has not only disenfranchised the everyday men Clint Eastwood and Tim Allen represent, but it has also threatened the place of strong men in the world.

Tim Allen of Last Man Standing

Camilla also fears for active young boys and feels the policy of eliminating recess from public school schedules is a damaging affront to young boys who desperately need that time to release excess energy in order to excel at their studies. It is yet another way society is disenfranchising males for having masculine characteristics.

Thomas Gibson portrayed a traditional male authority figure and a law enforcement officer on Criminal Minds. These men are being disenfranchised by PC dogma as well.

Camille is quoted on CBC Radio as disavowing the current third-wave feminist PC doctrine as a kind of religious fervor with erroneous precepts that the new devotees are afraid to question.

“I think people are looking for a religion. That’s what makes it very difficult to argue with anyone because they’re so locked into the commandments that they’ve absorbed.”


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Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Tim Allen, and Thomas Gibson are being forced to defend their masculine lifestyles and their unique styles of being male. Everyone is different and the gender lines don’t have to be so clear cut, but the extreme males have just as much right to be who they are as anyone else.

Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Tim Allen, Thomas Gibson and all the other manly men in the world have a right to be themselves, asserts Camille Paglia.

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