Gender bending is an increasingly popular trend, especially men dressing in women’s clothing or the creation of gender-neutral clothing lines, which is usually also rather feminine. The latest example of this trend is the Harry Styles Vogue Magazine cover shoot, where he wore a dress and other female inspired clothing. “Bring back manly men,” Candace Owens wrote on Twitter. She could not be more right.

In the last several years, there has been an increasing emphasis on the dangers of so-called “toxic masculinity.”

Teen Vogue, the radically progressive, sexually explicit and Marxist online publication for “teens,” has an entire section dedicated to toxic masculinity.

In an interview with one of the stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spiderman films, he discusses how he unlearned toxic masculinity by allowing his little brother to watch “My Little Pony.”

Another article talks about how a study showed that toxic masculinity, “a rigid set of outdated and misguided standards that can worsen mental health and harm those around them,” actually costs Americans an estimated $15.7 billion.

This “man box,” as described by the study, believes that eliminating toxic masculinity could “reduce sexual violence by at least 69% and eliminate 41% of traffic accidents, 40% of bullying and violence, 39% of suicides, 7% of binge drinking and 4% of depressive symptoms among men (18-30) in the U.S. every year.”

Apparently, the solution to this problem is to make men, women.

That’s evident in the decision to have Harry Styles, a singer and former member of the boy band One Direction, become the first male cover star of the fashion magazine Vogue. In his cover spread, he wears women’s clothing, including a dress and a tuxedo jacket designed by Gucci.

Candace Owens, the conservative commentator, tweeted in response to the cover, “There is no society that can survive without strong men. The East knows this. In the West, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It is an outright attack. Bring back manly men.”

After being criticized, she doubled down on her initial tweet, “Since I’m trending, I’d like to clarify what I meant when I said ‘bring back manly men.’ I meant: Bring back manly men. Terms like ‘toxic masculinity,’ were created by toxic females. Real women don’t do fake feminism. Sorry, I’m not sorry.”

Ben Shapiro, another conservative commentator and editor of The Daily Wire, wrote a long Twitter response, which reads in part, “Pretending that men dressing like women does not feminize men is ridiculous, particularly coming from the same people who are celebrating Styles BECAUSE he is feminizing masculinity.”

They’re right. This feminization of men is damaging to society. Men and women were created differently. The left refuses to accept this and instead celebrates when men dress and act like women, but then complains when they don’t step up and defend women.

How can they when they’ve been told that they’re women as well?

That’s what these female progressives don’t seem to understand or don’t want to. Masculinity should be celebrated and when we tell men that they’re basic nature is harmful and toxic—we attack part of the very essence of who they are and who God made them to be.

That is more damaging that so-called “toxic masculinity.”

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