Real men deconstruct manliness

Bradley Manning is also reported to have gone by Breanna Manning.

There was an interesting moment at last night’s Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club's Annual Dinner and Gayla, when Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, all dolled up in a hot-pink feathered boa, reflected on Pfc. Bradley Manning’s “manliness” during his award acceptance speech on the gay whistleblower’s behalf.

When Manning, who sometimes reportedly self-identified as female and went by Breanna, courageously exposed government secrets, it exemplified what “a real man” would do, Ellsberg said. Yet when Lyndon B. Johnson (disastrously) vowed to forge ahead in Vietnam, it was partly because he feared being seen as “an unmanly man,” he added, all of which throws into question the very concept of masculinity. Earlier this year, Ellsberg and his wife, Patricia, joined the Bradley Manning contingent of the San Francisco Pride Parade to represent Manning following the heated debate over the Pride board's decision to rescind Manning's Grand Marshal appointment.

Meanwhile, deconstructing what it means to “be a man” is apparently becoming a thing. On a different end of the spectrum, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, surpassed her $80,000 target on Kickstarter for a film delving into the “crisis” surrounding masculinity. The pitch starts with a clip of the Newsoms’ blond, blue-eyed tot, Hunter, while mom questions whether he’ll grow up to be “caring and compassionate” or “a depressed, disconnected portrayal of masculinity.”

We dig the concept and all, but jeez – was it really necessary for an affluent celebrity married to one of the most powerful men in California to use Kickstarter?


At least you didn't add "white" as an insult but, then again, you hardly needed to. The slur was implied.

In Rebeccaworld, you're only cool if you're non-white or gay. So sad. So prejudicial.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 25, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

Surprise. There are those who don't consider straight white blond blue-eyed people the gold standard for beauty. Deal with it.

Posted by Peter on Jul. 26, 2013 @ 8:46 am

Rebecca is effectively nominated them as the gold standard, and then takes a dig at them. She could instead take a dig at brown-haired green-eyed hispanics and yet she doesn't. See, it's always safe to take pot shots at white people.

It's called racism. Funny thing is, Rebecca is white, so it's also a form of self-hatred.

FYI, I'm a straight, blue-eyed white person, but not blond.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 26, 2013 @ 8:53 am

You, as one of the resident trolls and the first person to post on any thread (I always wondered: do you have a robot that alerts you the moment a new article is published on this site?), are the reason that comments are going to be turned off on this site. And thank goodness for that. Enough! Surely you can find a site in Los Ángeles where you live as a place to troll, if you're not already and if they haven't all banned you.

Free Bradley Manning, a.k.a. Breanna Manning.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 26, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

The first person to respond to each article is usually "Guest" because most people sign in as "Guest".

Posted by Guest on Jul. 26, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

are we a little sensitive about being white?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 29, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

Hunter's an adorable kid! Now get over yourselves.

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