Last week I spoke of how to become men again with an Occam's razor of simplicity in reasoning.
Today, we look at just such a masculine and patriarchal man of standards.
The man who taught Maximus to win the crowd will now show young men how to have and display masculine standards.
Johnny Carson is a goldmine of a time when men were still men facing down the second wave of feminist assault bots on civilization. This interview with the estimable Oliver Reed shows you just what masculine and manly decorum and comportment can have as an effect on not just women, but people in general.
When you are a man of standards, your very presence will intimidate others who lack them.
Standards... especially for one's own behaviour, is what truly separates the boys from the men.
I don't want this example to be just a British example of manly conduct, but it seems to me that of all the nations in The West, it is the Brits that have set the masculine standard. The proverbial stiff upper lip does not just imply the much maligned and criticized sense of British arrogance and superiority, but a sense of standards - of setting a standard of behaviour, dress, speech and interaction that commands respect.
As we can see in this interview, Oliver's suit is not a casual one of the typical 70s flair that is Johnny's. It is not gaudy or trendy, but classic and stylish. It is a suit designed to command respect and admiration and also make the wearer feel as such and show to the world this is how I WILL be treated.
When Oliver walks on the set, look at his bearing.
Upright. Proud. Confident.
When Jonny asks Oliver how he is doing, his immediate response is:
Right from the beginning, Oliver is telling the world exactly what he thinks of himself.
Extraordinary is an extraordinary word. Variously, it can mean:
- very unusual and remarkable
- unusually great
Deriving from the latin extra ordinem which implies outside the normal course of events, it is a word that has been declining in usage precipitously since the 1800s when its use in books was almost 1% (now effectively 0%).
When was the last time you thought of yourself as an extraordinary man?
Scratch that... when was the last time you expressed such an opinion of yourself to others in public!
This is what I mean when I say the Brits have given us the best western example of masculine standards. They were men who accomplished extraordinary achievements and made damn sure everyone knew about them.
No shame. No guilt.
Of course, one does so with the understanding you are a Man, a nation, that has made mistakes. That does not mean one should then castrate one's masculinity in deference to the screeching critics of masculine authority and greatness.
Which Shelly Winters immediately attempts to do by bringing Oliver back down to a level SHE feels he should feel about himself.
She butts in on Oliver's segment by cracking a joke, and then immediately feels the need to apologize and comment...
I'm intimidated by the British.
That intimidation, that fear, is because...
She knows what she just tried to do - belittle and disparage Oliver's sense of self worth - and Oliver looks at her with an eye and bearing that DEMANDS she respect him.
How does he do this?
Oliver smiles - with a smile that says "Lady, I will suffer none of your slings and arrows upon my person."
To which Oliver then goes into the most hilarious and cutting undercutting of Ms. Winters for the rest of HIS interview.
The people that came to America, it seems to me, they came because they thought they were either economically, socially or religiously persecuted. And they came here and they made a happy place of it.
Some of them behave themselves... and some of them ARE QUITE LOUD.
To which Shelly Winters cries out "This can't be happening on television!" Assuming as most western American women were beginning to feel in the 70s that they could say any derogatory and defaming thing about a man and NOT get called out on it. Notice also how she moves away from Oliver immediately after this smart return fire of his. This is a woman who is not used to a man who stands up for himself and will not take shit from anyone, let alone a woman.
For the rest of the interview, Oliver completely ignores Shelly Winters, except when she is so insistent on butting in on his interview for which he quickly cuts her off and tells her her place in HIS life - that it is of no consequence.
At one point, Shelly even returns after finally having had enough of being put in her place only to dump a glass of whiskey on Oliver's head.
How does Oliver respond to a clearly physical assault on himself?
He stands, takes it like a man, and sits back down, continuing the interview as if nothing happened.
THAT... is how you show women they have ZERO influence or control over your sense of self worth and identity.
What Oliver displays in this mere seven minutes of air time is a man who is not afraid to speak his mind when he knows he is in the right.
He also shows that by suffering the outrageous acts of feminists, they will, in time, prove to normal people that they have no argument.
No facts, only threats and violence to support their claims of the evils of patriarchy and male oppression.
Now, as a young man wondering how to combat feminism, I ask you this.
What has really changed since Oliver's Reed interview?
Nothing I say, except for the fact that western men have no standards anymore for how they will be treated and let women say and do ANYTHING they want.
Will you get in trouble for speaking your mind and standing up for yourself?
Not if you follow Oliver Reed's lessons in winning the crowd to masculine patriarchy once again.
Ultimately, we're all dead men.
Sadly we cannot choose how, but... we can decide how we meet that end.
In order that we are remembered... as men.
Proximo - Gladiator (2000) explaining to his fighters that while their fate my be sealed, they can chose how they will meet it
When you are a man who has standards for himself and sets them for others to meet, you will be remembered.
Watching this scene now, after watching the above interview, you can see why Oliver's performance in it is so powerful.
Oliver is not reading a line.
He is not "acting".
He is not "trying" to be intimidating by puffing up his chest "like a man".
He is BEING a man.
And in being one, Oliver gave the world a masculine performance that will forever be remembered.
In conclusion, I think we can find five aspects in the Oliver Reed's interview with Johnny Carson that will help young men begin to incorporate masculine standards into their every day life.
All of which, you can read about in detail next week.
Strength & Honor