American men are being gaslit. “[T]alking about ‘healthy masculinity’ is like talking about ‘healthy cancer,’” says author John Stoltenberg. Drexel University law professor David Cohen agrees: “Traditional masculinity has oppressed girls and women and limited the identity construction of all boys and men.” And if you ask Lisa Wade, sociology professor at Occidental College, she’ll tell you that “we need to call masculinity out as a hazardous ideology and denounce anyone who chooses to identify with it.” All the while men are assured no one is attacking masculinity.

Adult men can handle vilification. But what are boys to think when they’re taught that men are to blame for all of society’s ills? That masculinity is not just bad, but destructive?

Anthony Esolen has written a rebuttal. In No Apologies, the prolific Writer-in-Residence at Magdalen College in New Hampshire attempts “to return to men a sense of their worth as men, and to give to boys the noble aim of manliness, an aim which is their due by right.” He argues that throughout history, masculine qualities were essential to society. Strong men killed buffalo, built roads and buildings, extracted and refined the oil that lit homes and ran factories. The agency of men—their drive to create and conquer—motivated technological development. Men formed teams to

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