Ellen Hendriksen bills herself as the Savvy Psychologist. She even uses the moniker in her byline; a gauche attempt at branding better suited on a cereal box than on a shingle promoting mental health expertise.
But of course, gauche works in the social justice milieu, and thus has resulted in her being published of all places in the Scientific American. Her work now stains a once gripping and credible publication with the ideological hatred of feminist orthodoxy.
Her offering there, “How to Fight Toxic Masculinity,” is a title that in and of itself insults scientific rigor by promoting a concept with no evidentiary backing whatsoever. Toxic masculinity.
Like most feminist ideologues who spread misleading propaganda from behind a façade of good intent, she takes a kernel of truth and veers off into a realm of ignorance comprised of conjecture and non sequiturs. For instance, she offers a somewhat even-handed critique of men and traditional masculinity.
“To fit in the man box of toxic masculinity,” she says, “a man must live by a particular set of beliefs and behaviors:”
She provides a list of those things as follows:
- Suffer pain in silence
- Have no needs
- Never lose
- Show no emotions other than bravado or rage
- Don’t depend on anyone
- Don’t do anything that could be construed as weakness
- Never snitch
So far this is a sample of the typical feminist diatribe about men. And she does nothing to surprise us in the rest of the article, as she wanders into bemoaning an alleged wage gap (what she thought that had to do with toxic masculinity I don’t know) and pointing out that men are less likely than women to seek medical help because of the beliefs she identifies in the list. The list, she loosely asserts, stems from the male hierarchy. That seems to be her demon of choice.
Not very savvy of her.
Again, what Hendriksen offers is the typical feminist spiel, including the fact that she never explains, or even attempts to explain, where that list and the male hierarchy come from. She seems to run on the standard feminist claptrap that males form hierarchies in the pursuit of power and dominance.
But here’s the rub. Hendriksen, like all her sisters, fails totally to understand the impetus that drives male hierarchy and that confounded list of self-diminishing beliefs and behaviors. The answer to that is simple and obvious. You’d think it would be child’s play for a savvy psychologist.
Let’s take item number 1. Suffer pain in silence. Now, what would cause a man to do that? Is that what men do in the pursuit of power? Or is the inability to openly articulate pain something men don’t do because women will reject them?
Of course, it’s the latter. And this is the gist of the problem here. You can run down the entirety of that list and what you will find is a code that men must live by to have any sort of chance of not being rejected by women. It’s not a factor so much a male hierarchy, but in the male-female hierarchy which always puts men at the bottom.
Weak men, or if you prefer, men who treat themselves with value, are condemned to sexual rejection and isolation. Men adopt those characteristics (that Hendriksen listed without understanding) because not doing so results in reproductive death. Women, as a rule, do not want men to acknowledge their own pain, to have needs/demands of their own, to be dependent or emotional. Indeed, they loathe these things when they see them in men.
Only a blind ideologue could overlook that in favor of a narrative that attributes men’s greatest vulnerability to a macho quest for power and control. And a blind ideologue is precisely what we find in the likes of Ellen Hendriksen.
Imagine the level of chosen ignorance and indifference it takes from anyone, let alone a mental health professional, to present themselves as an expert while not seeing so much that is directly under their upturned nose.
There is much more in the article to criticize, but there’s little point in it. It’s a shopworn screed of garden variety feminist hate. Indeed, most remarkable about her piece is the fact that it found its way into the Scientific American, to that publication’s great shame.
Still, it is more than sufficient to award Hendriksen, who peddles herself like she’s one plaid jacket and a cigar away from being a used car salesman, Regarding Men’s Sick-o-Therapist of the Month Award.