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July 28, 2023

Masculinity GAINZZZ

Politico has a masculinity issue.

I mean, you knew that. Just... look at them.

But what I mean is, they now have a "Masculinity Issue." Via David Strom, Politico decided to take on a topic in which they have obviously no experience or grounding.

If you're thinking the men at Politico know very little about masculinity, except perhaps to admire a man's strength as he mounts his wife from the rear with a powerful thrust that reminds him of his first day at boarding school, don't even worry about it. Politico's men know they belong in the Cvck Closet.

So instead, the entire "Masculinity Issue" is written by "sneering feminist" women.


Strom comments:

All the essays are written by women. Every single one.

Now one would think, given the large number of men out there who have written about this issue they might have found one. Reeves, perhaps, who after all comes from an ideologically sympatico think tank.

Or, perhaps, find a conservative woman who has thought deeply about these issues, of whom there are many.

No, Politico chose a cadre of feminists to sneer at the idea that men literally dying younger and younger, falling behind in schools, no longer going to college, and dropping out of society and relationships is a bad thing.

Girl power!

It's disgusting.

I've previously recommended getting in walks and hikes regularly. I guess I should have been more sensitive -- it turns out, Black people aren't allowed to hike. Or camp. Nature has some kind of racist policy excluding Black people.

But don't worry -- NBC "News" now reports for the first time in history, Black people are now allowed to go on walks.


These Stunning and Brave outdoors-walker are finally decolonizing "going outside."

I couldn't help but feel anxious as I drove deeper into rural northern Texas. The familiar coffee shops and apartment buildings of downtown Dallas faded into swaths of land with cattle and single-family homes surrounded by greenery in Allen. I would be spending the weekend in native Blackland Prairie grassland for Texas Survival School's basic wilderness survival class.

My friends and family had mixed reactions when I told them I'd be with a bunch of strangers camping and learning to build a fire, navigate land, deliver "wilderness" first aid, learn water safety and more. Some thought it cool and exciting, others delivered a familiar axiom, "That's white people stuff!"

So I wasn't surprised that most of the two dozen participants -- a mix of adults and children -- were white. I was one of four Black people in the class, including three Black men, one of whom was an instructor. I was the only Black woman, and I caught curious glances from some of the other participants as I piled my box braids on top of my head to keep the bugs out of my hair.

Yes, none of us whities have ever seen a black woman before in our lives. Or braids. No white women braid their hair.

You're right to suspect we're "glancing at you curiously," rather than just looking at every single person in the room at one time or another because we've gone out to meet new people in a group and when you do that, you look at everyone present.

If white people weren't looking she'd complain that they were averting their eyes.


Taking this wilderness class seemed like a natural extension of my love of the outdoors, but my own isolation in the course made me wonder whether the old axiom was true to an extent. Was communing deeply with nature truly a "white thing?" I found that that couldn't be further from the truth. Not only does Black culture boast a rich history with nature, Black people across the country are reclaiming the outdoors by forming their own communities of nature enthusiasts.

In other word: segregated black groups to "reclaim the outdoors."

Groups like Vibe Tribe Adventures, Outdoorsy Black Women and the National Brotherhood of Skiers are just a few of the many organizations working to provide safe spaces for Black people to enjoy outdoor activities and dispel myths that the outdoors doesn't belong to us. Many of these groups are holding hikes and other outdoors activities in honor of Juneteenth.

Honey, is it at all possible that you have very serious racism issues yourself and you're projecting all of Your Shit onto others?

Vibe Tribe Adventures began as Black Girls Hike, the brainchild of Jessica Newton, 39, who developed a passion for the outdoors as a child attending a predominantly white private school. Some 1,200 Black women joined Black Girls Hike in the year after it launched in 2017, which Newton said was "jaw dropping." She, too, had been indoctrinated into the belief that Black people don't enjoy outdoor activities.

Did the White Man drive around your neighborhoods with a Honkey Speaker repeating "Black people don't enjoy outdoor activities... Black people don't enjoy outdoor activities..."?

Are you guys feeling tight? Well that's okay, because here comes a str-e-e-tch.

It's no coincidence that Yellowstone, the first national park in the U.S., was established shortly after the Civil War. As industrialization and westward expansion continued, white elites supported the proliferation of national parks in response to urban expansion. In their eyes, cities were "dirty" and filled with people of color and immigrants, while "clean" natural spaces were best suited to white people, according to KangJae "Jerry" Lee...

Congratulations, MSNBC. Rather than just promoting outdoors activities to black people, a perfectly fine and healthy thing to do, you decided to make it yet another divisive, hateful attack on white people.

Speaking for myself, I need no one at MSNBC to tell me "the outdoors belongs to me."

My own GAINZZZ journey:


I did it all with wall push-ups, athletic greens, and HGH.

Weekend Warrioring is fine for exercise, study says.

I mean this seems obvious, but in case there was any doubt:

It doesn't matter if you exercise every day or squeeze it all into the weekend. If you do the recommended 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week, you'll get heart benefits, a new study finds.

Both regimens protect you from atrial fibrillation (a-fib), heart attack, heart failure and stroke, compared with inactivity, researchers reported in the Tuesday issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"Our study suggests that it's the volume of activity, rather than the pattern, that matters most in terms of cardiovascular health," said lead researcher Dr. Shaan Khurshid, a research fellow in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Efforts to increase physical activity, whether they're spread out evenly or concentrated within a day or two each week, result in similar protective effects on several cardiovascular outcomes and overall cardiovascular health, he said.

Vitamin D, which might actually do all the things that Vitamin C was earlier claimed to do, might reduce the severity of psoriasis.

People who have psoriasis may want to get their vitamin D levels checked.

New research suggests that blood levels of the so-called "sunshine vitamin" may affect the severity of their condition. In psoriasis, skin cells build up and form dry, itchy, sometimes painful patches.

"Tourists go home!" Sea lions show who's king of the beach in San Diego. (Which, if I'm not mistaken, is German for "a whale's vagina," coincidentally enough.)

I have some GAINZZZ. I gained a bunch of weight over the course of a year and I didn't notice until all of a sudden, I was fat. I gained weight the way people do: slowly, and then all at once.

But I've dieted (semi-fasted) and walked/run about 15 pounds off in a couple of months. I feel a lot better and I'm sleeping better.

What about YO' GAINZZZ? Any to report?

Any BOOX or MOVIEZZZ or SHOWZZZ you'd recommend? Now that I've watched the extended editions of Lord of the Rings front to back like four times in the past three months -- not sure why, I didn't even love the movies when they first came out, but now I'm back in my middle-school Tolkein Love phase again -- I need something else to watch.

(I have started re-reading the books as well. This will probably be the fifth time I just stop after finishing The Fellowship of the Ring.)

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