This year, 2020, popular singer Harry Styles donned a dress305 for the cover of Vogue magazine and quickly became a hot topic. Conservative author and commentator Candace Owens rightly called it out as “an attack on real men.”306 Of course, she was promptly attacked and slandered by the mob and the mass media.
The leftist secular media kept repeating, “men wore dresses in the past so this is OK and not emasculation.” Some even dared to call it “masculine” for a man to wear a dress, as Styles did. Aside from the fact that all of the “men” wearing dresses today are practicing sodomites and pedophiles (leaving aside Cultures such as the Scots, the Bhutanese, etc.), we are leaving a very, very big something out of the picture here. There are a few things of which we need to remind ourselves before we can even attempt to dive into the twisted mindset of secular society and their “definition and redefinition of masculinity.”
First, the radical Left does not even understand what authentic masculinity is, as they promote godless practices in the name of “freedom” and try to punish men who dare to live as real, strong, Christian men, calling them “homophobic, bigots, sexists, rapists, haters, unfeeling” etc.
Secondly, secular society is ridiculously immoral; Men dress in “drag” in over-the-top makeup and dresses, and it’s supposed to be cool. Gay men dress in women’s clothing, and it’s supposed to be normal. Pedophiles are now being called just another “sexual preference.”307 Gay men are wearing ball gowns, and it’s supposed to be historical and masculine.
Thirdly, society is literally backward and is becoming so in every facet of life. The height of “femininity” in the eyes of secular society is a Feminist. And not just a feminist: a witchy, bisexual (preferably lesbian), pant-wearing, workplace dominating, child-killing feminist. One who is constantly whining about made-up reasons to be insulted and angry (like manspreading308, mansplaining309, pregnancy310, periods311, bras312, abortion bans, mistletoe313 the list is endless). In this society, abortion is a sacrament. A man in a dress is great because it signifies the freedom of “men” to become more and more emasculated, more in touch with the homosexual spirit, more open to letting the moral fabric of society fall into decay and insanity. This society embraces men believing that they are women inside, and women believing they are indeed men, and that there are 112+ genders314, and that children should be raised gender-neutral315. Where convicted pedophiles316 in dresses and an obscene amount of makeup read pro-LGBT filth to children in libraries, it’s the humane thing to ban guns, but a ban that would allow babies born alive317 after an attempted abortion from taking place is inhumane.
Fourth, secular society wants men without chests. They want men without the wits, muscle, spiritual or physical strength to provide and protect their wives and children. Men without guns, a solid and steady faith life and moral backbone, without leadership and a steady job. Leaving children without a father and wives without a husband. No foundation, no rock, nothing solid. And are we surprised at the number of broken families318? Have we taken a look at the corroborating numbers of fatherless homes and crime? What about the number of same-sex attracted and gender-confused people who almost all have a past that includes problems with their fathers.319
This whole idea that men in dresses (men cross-dressing rather) is cool and masculine and in tune with history is coming from a society that is so sick and twisted that it holds murdering an innocent child in the womb and during birth as the highest form of currency, power, freedom, and yes, religion. A society where women dressing and acting like “men” is the norm and has been for decades. A society where sexually-perverse men and women (and children!320) parade the streets, online, in the news, and libraries. A society where one can do anything, as long as it is immoral, where one can say anything as long as it is immoral and blasphemes God and the natural order.
St. Ambrose, in his commentary on Deuteronomy 22:5321, writes,
If you consider it truly, there is an incongruity that nature itself abhors. For why, man, do you not want to appear to be what you were born as? Why do you put on a strange guise? Why do you ape a woman? Or why do you, woman, ape a man? Nature arrays each sex with its own garments. Men and women have different customs, different complexions, gestures and gaits, different sorts of strength, different voices.
We as a society have lost any true sense of gender: True masculinity and true femininity. Both genders have become mutilated and enmeshed together into what we have today. We have forgotten the importance of the little things that remind us of who we are and why we are. Today we have prided ourselves that we have changed what it means to be a woman and what it means to be a man. So much so that simple actions towards rediscovering how to act feminine as women, or masculine as men, have become taboo. Such as a strong, solidly religious man raising a large family with his wife who does not work outside the home. “Breaking barriers” and doing “what is taboo” has been the cool thing to do for decades. And it has become so old and so overplayed, yet the Left never ceases to amaze in what other “taboo” or “glass ceiling” they propose to break.
The Catholic Church has and will always call for men with courage, a strong moral backbone, and the ability to protect the vulnerable (yes, even using guns if necessary322). The effect of strong men is a safe, well-functioning society. Strong men take care of their wives and children and do not let them come to harm in any way, and do not leave them. Strong men make sure their cities elect good officials who will make the dignity of human life a priority and work honestly. Strong men notice and fix problems in the home, society, and yes, in the Churches. Strong men are there when times are tough and help improve it. A society that is broken is one with broken families, single mothers with nowhere to live or go for help, unwanted children aborted in the womb, unfair and unjust economic systems that are based on debt and interest and not true wealth, ill-functioning laws, and political systems that are only focused on greed and avarice; I can go on. Good, moral, strong men are an essential piece in a Christocentric, healthy society. This is what secularists are continually hammering in the ground with their filthy heels while crying against so-called “toxic masculinity.”
The Catholic Church is not against “men in robes.” Cassocks, Judges robes, Old Royalty. Cultures that include men wearing kilts and togas are not condemned by the Church either. But these are and were not worn to “prove something” to society, to show off their ability to be “out and proud homosexuals,” to promote severely immoral and broken ideologies and lifestyles that have been made the norm in society. The Left has taken the beauty of robes and has done what they always do to everything: made it all about sex and breaking with tradition and so-called “taboos.”
To conclude, a “man in a dress” isn’t just about a man wearing a feminine-styled dress; it isn’t a hat tip to men in history wearing robes and tunics, it isn’t a show of masculinity, nor is it even a salute to men of different cultures like the Scots. It is a blatant result of Toxic Feminist, homosexual, anti-family, anti-life, anti-gender role, anti-God ideology and practice. A grossly homosexual deviant wearing a dress is not masculine. A traditional, spiritually strong man in a cassock giving his life to Christ and serving others is indeed masculine. There is a difference, and I can assure you, the Left knows it.
- this quote by G.K. Chesterton
“It is quite certain that the skirt means female dignity, not female submission; it can be proved by the simplest of all tests. No ruler would deliberately dress up in the recognized fetters of a slave; no judge would would appear covered with broad arrows. But when men wish to be safely impressive, as judges, priests or kings, they do wear skirts, the long, trailing robes of female dignity. The whole world is under petticoat government; for even men wear petticoats when they wish to govern.”― G.K. Chesterton, What’s Wrong with the World
- Anything TheCatholicGentleman.net posts.
- This post on traditional Clerical vestments.
- This book by Kennedy Hall: “Terror of Demons: Reclaiming Traditional Catholic Masculinity “
- This book by Alice von Hildebrand: “The Privilege of Being a Woman”
- This book by Carrie Gress Phd: “The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity”
- This book by Sam Guzman: “The Catholic Gentleman: Living Authentic Manhood Today”