A bomb goes off in Boston and shows America why we need men.

17 Apr


We’re going to talk about Boston today, and I will be referring to a lot of pictures, some of which are pretty gory and upsetting and quite possibly NSFW on that account. FYI.


There are a lot of different subjects tangled up in Boston, but I want to narrow in on one very specific aspect of the bombing that I have yet to see covered anywhere in the media. I want to talk about the fact that the majority, by far, of the people who responded to the tragedy in real, practical, tangible ways were men, and how we ignore the incredibly important role that men play in keeping our world safe, despite the evidence for that being overwhelming.


Let’s start with this picture right here. There are almost a hundred people in the foreground of this picture alone. Police officers, paramedics, fire fighters, and a lot of people who look like race organizers. What do they have in common? What is the one feature that unites almost all of them?




They’re men.


There appears to be a medical technician of some sort and a few women who were clearly spectators or race participants and at least one woman who seems to be a victim, and although the uniforms can make it hard to distinguish which police officers are women, most of them are clearly identifiable as men. So are the firefighters. Almost everybody in this picture is unambiguously male.


Not that surprising, really. The Boston Police Force has an active roster of 2170 sworn officers, 13% of whom are women. That’s 282 officers.


http://www.bpdnews.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Annual-report-2010-reduced.pdf (contains the active duty number, but no gender breakdown)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Police_Department#Demographics (gender breakdown here)


At least one female police officer was at the marathon when the bomb went off:




She has her gun drawn and she’s wearing gold button earrings.


I can’t find any evidence that the Boston Police Department actively discriminates against women; indeed, quite the opposite. The first women joined the force in 1921, and in 2004 the force appointed Katie O’Toole as the first female commissioner. Seems like women in Boston who want to be police officers CAN be, and they can rise as far in the department as their skills will allow.





The fact is that women don’t generally want to be police officers. It’s dangerous, physically demanding work that puts you in contact with some pretty vicious, unpleasant people, and women typically don’t like those sorts of jobs. Even when police forces actively try to recruit women, offering them advantages over male applicants, they still find few takers.




Policing is something that appeals to men, and consequently the boys in blue really are mostly boys. No one is keeping the girls out of the club. They don’t want to be there.


Looks like ladies don’t like being paramedics much, either.




Or firefighters.




Or state troopers.




Or bomb disposal experts.




Or crime scene technicians.




Or soldiers.




Or FBI agents.




Or SWAT team members.


Boston Deals With Aftermath Of Marathon Explosions


Or Emergency Medical Technicians




Or Secret Service.




Are you getting the picture here?


A bomb goes off. Shrapnel tears through a crowd taking lives and limbs with it. The world turns into fire and smoke and blood and death, and into that fray run the people who are trained and sworn to save us.


And those people are overwhelmingly men.


Of the 30+ people in this picture, two appear to be women. All the rest are men.




Louis C.K. says that men represent the greatest threat of danger and injury to women. Looks to me like men represent the best safeguard against danger and injury, for other men and women alike.




It’s easy to believe the rah-rah bullshit of the feminist “ladies can do anything” mantra when the world is stable and steady and safe and predictable. Toss a bomb in the mix and reality becomes impossible to ignore.




It’s easy to believe men don’t matter, that it’s the End of Men, until someone packs a pressure cooker full of ball-bearings.




It’s easy to think men are disposable, and irrelevant and useless until the fire comes sweeping down the street.




The reason the world we live in is mostly stable and safe and predictable is BECAUSE men exist, and they take on the job of keeping our world safe and sane. And when bad things happen, it’s men who are there to help, to serve, to shield, to protect.




Let’s honor these men now. Let’s acknowledge their power, their strength, their courage. Let’s acknowledge their authority, their valor, their bravery.


Honor them now. And pray you never need them.


Lots of love,



35 Responses to “A bomb goes off in Boston and shows America why we need men.”

  1. sqt April 17, 2013 at 20:47 #

    You know the feminist answer is going to be that it was a man who set the bomb off in the first place. That doesn’t negate your point, but I don’t think this will get through to certain people in the way it should.

    To me the best defense of men in this case is the fact that the bystanders who ran into the blast area to help people we’re predominately men. They weren’t there because they were hired to be there. Many of them didn’t have professional training- they simply were guided by an instinct to protect. There are images of men cradling women as they carry them out. Or stroking the head and holding the hand of the stricken to offer comfort until help comes. One woman has publicly reached out for the soldier who helped her by showing her his shrapnel wounds to calm her down when she inconsolable with fear. And of course there’s Carlos Arredondo; the man who ran straight toward a man who had both of his legs blown off and pinched the man’s femoral artery closed with his bare hands until he could get professional help. The response of the bystanders tells the tale.


  2. judgybitch April 17, 2013 at 20:56 #

    I’m going to be writing about all those men tomorrow. Especially Carlos.

    So many examples of heroism.


  3. sqt April 17, 2013 at 21:00 #

    I look forward to it.


  4. Keanu April 17, 2013 at 21:31 #

    Sorry JB, but this time you’ve missed something. The fact that 13% of the police force are men is obviously due to the evil patriarchy socializing women away from the police force! (sarcasm)


  5. judgybitch April 17, 2013 at 21:36 #

    Yeah, the whole story just proves that the evil patriarchy controls all the important power structures.

    Ladies, which one of you wants to do SWAT training?


    Okay then


  6. Keanu April 17, 2013 at 21:56 #

    Well duh, it’s cuz we put dolls in girls’ hands when they are little and toy guns and action figures in boys’ hands…Socialization!


  7. Goober April 17, 2013 at 22:56 #

    The only person that need fear me is a person who plans to harm me or someone around me. There is no reason that anyone else should be afraid of me at all, and I don’t understand why someone would be.

    Not that I really give a shit if they are.


  8. TMG April 18, 2013 at 00:09 #

    Female supremacists shit on men under the full knowledge they exist under our protection, provision, and safety. One wishes we were not so magnanimous.


  9. Nicky April 18, 2013 at 06:37 #

    But we couldn’t POSSIBLY make the same argument to say the reason that a man (assuming it WAS a man, that is) who set off the bomb was because women are socialized away from acts of terrorism by the evil patriarchy. Nope. THAT is down to the the fact that girls are just naturally better than boys.


  10. earl April 18, 2013 at 11:29 #

    Feminists only focus on the destructive forces of masculinity…and never acknowledging that they are also where the constructive forces come from.

    It takes a lot of will power, emotion suppression, and planning to create such carnage. It’s those same traits that are needed to save people from such carnage.

    I know in those times where the dookie hit the fan…my brain switched into problem solving mode to complete the task. The overwhelming emotion didn’t come rushing in until the task was completed.


  11. Feminist Hater April 18, 2013 at 15:44 #

    Next time anyone asks where all the good men have gone…

    Obviously these men are either not handsome enough or are already taken.


  12. happycrow April 18, 2013 at 16:31 #

    I know a gal who’s an EMT and a damned good one….but she’s clearly out-of-mainstream. Women who shrink at killing bugs and want a medal for dealing with a diaper GENERALLY aren’t interested in cleaning up fatality wrecks for a living.


  13. Z April 18, 2013 at 20:28 #

    That is some hardcore socialization that allows a man to instinctively protect when danger comes. It’s like all men are sleeper agents!


  14. Z April 18, 2013 at 20:30 #

    I’m glad that you are, though. Though most of modern culture has been polluted by the feminist agenda, not all of us are like this. And those of us who aren’t appreciate what men do.


  15. Mark April 18, 2013 at 20:31 #

    Thus why I’m an ardent supporter of establishing a female-only or female-dominated society somewhere on the planet (preferably not where I live; preferably on another planet, if anyone has ideas about how to terraform Mars), just so it can fail, so a precedent can be set.


  16. Z April 18, 2013 at 20:35 #

    What feminists don’t seem to recognize is these masculine traits they demonize are absolutely necessary to maintain order and peace and to get anything done in the real world. These traits can be used for good or bad purposes. Back when children were raised by their actual mothers at home, these traits were better cultivated in the right direction.

    I’m still confused by how women “as a gender” could have ever been “oppressed by men” when women called mothers had the boyhoods of men in the palm of their hands to shape and mold. Hard to see how that’s going to end up in “oppression”. But feminists are given to wild stories.


  17. Z April 18, 2013 at 21:23 #

    YES! Probably the only way to roll back feminism.


  18. gwallan April 19, 2013 at 01:34 #

    A couple of years ago Haiti experienced some very unfortunate natural events. The immediate aftermath demonstrated the same, almost exclusively male, activation. Later various global aid agencies arrived and proceeded to refuse food aid to boys and men. They’d outlived their usefulness.


  19. darlingdoll April 19, 2013 at 01:55 #

    Don’t worry Keanu, they’re working on fixing that travesty. We wouldn’t want boys and girls growing up confused now would we?



  20. YusefWateef April 19, 2013 at 02:41 #

    Excellent! Thank you!


  21. Hired Mind April 19, 2013 at 06:34 #

    That would indeed be the intentionally myopic response from a Feminist. But I would respond that the nature of the emergency is immaterial. It could just as easily have been a mudslide or an earthquake or a meteor hitting an urban area. The people responding would still be mostly men. (Of course without men doing what they do, there would be no urban areas for the meteor to hit, but whatevs…)


  22. ianironwood April 19, 2013 at 14:35 #

    Out-freakin-standing article. May a dozen beefy shirtless dudes stop to help you change your tire next time you have a flat.



  23. Big D April 19, 2013 at 17:07 #

    “The reason the world we live in is mostly stable and safe and predictable is BECAUSE men exist, and they take on the job of keeping our world safe and sane. And when bad things happen, it’s men who are there to help, to serve, to shield, to protect.”

    This needs to be carved into the face of a mountain somewhere.


  24. Andy B October 5, 2013 at 02:53 #

    A little off-topic, but here’s a feel good article that’s along the same vein:


    Amazing what a lone man can do that big pharmaceuticals with millions can’t. Perhaps that’s part of the problem. The scientist who has spent 20 years of his career specialising in lung cancer finds a cure, will first be hailed as a hero, then will write a book, then is out of work and money because the cure ‘belongs’ to the company that paid the bills.


  25. Tennessee Medic August 2, 2014 at 00:40 #

    From a Paramedic,thank you. As those you have described above, we run towards danger as an instinct. We actually have to fight this instinct to keep ourselves safe so we can continue to serve. What we do is genetic. We were born this way. We value our female comrades very much, more so because they are rare. I won’t get into the reasons why. That’s an argument I am not going to go near. As a Paramedic, and as a man, any time someone takes time out to thank us, it touches us deeply. Thank you again.
    -Tennessee Paramedic



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