Matt Walsh: How It Ought To Be

In a cookie cutter world…

Oh Matt. Matt Walsh is sticking by a tweeted photo and commentary of a man carrying a woman and baby out of a flood. Ok, let’s start with what he got right. The baby is probably in no circumstances going to be carrying the man or the woman out of the flood waters. Woman or man protecting the child, we’re good.

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Gender studies professors. Gosh, if your biggest beef with them right now is gender roles? You’re probably not paying attention. Maybe you should go back to science and chromosomes and start with them there.

Now, to the rest of his analogy. Matt, your world view demonstrated by this picture is a tiny box. In that box, you view a woman who is probably 120 lbs and her husband who wears camo, hunts and gathers. He probably drives a big truck. So when it floods, he carries her out. That’s nice. Probably happens a lot. That’s not how it “ought to be”.

How it ought to be is that the parents care for the child and whoever can walk or carry does the walking or carrying.  I’ve known far too many physically strong women, and honestly a fair share of physically weak men, to try to fit the world into that one size fits all box. By the way, if your child is bigger than you, it’s ok if they carry you to safety too.

We can of course debate all day on averages and so on.  Of course there are biological differences.  But people aren’t defined by laws of averages.  They are defined by their individuality.  If average height for a woman is 5’5 and average height for a man is 5’10, that does not mean it ought to be that a 6′ tall woman should let her 5’4 man carry her out of danger.

The same goes for emotional strength, common sense, intelligence, education.  America isn’t about cookie cutter. It’s not about people being limited to their stereotypical boundaries. It’s about people realizing their full potential and being better and more than the standard picture someone else has in their head. That’s how it ought to be.

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