On this Thanksgiving, We Are Thankful for Men

On this Thanksgiving, We Are Thankful for Men

On this Thanksgiving, We Are Thankful for Men

At Victory Girls, we love men!

Men are taking quite a beating in the public square these days, but we are fighting back against the broad brush negativity directed toward the guys. We are taking on these attacks almost daily, to show that we know better, we know the score, and that we are allies in the War on Men. 

So on this Thanksgiving, while we have a lot to be thankful for, we’d like to give a special shout-out to the Men. Our husbands, our boyfriends, our fathers, our uncles, our grandads, our brothers, our sons, and our friends. We love you! Don’t change a thing. It is only through you being Men that we can be Women.

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
― Anaïs Nin

The last several weeks have produced a multitude of bad man articles and an avalanche of allegations against bad men, and men behaving badly. We at Victory Girls would never fall into the trap of blaming all men for the sins of a select few. In fact we think that the hostility toward men acting manly is part of the problem! As much as the Left wants to create a gender fluid society, they ignore Science! We need our genders in tact – both of them! Females are complemented by the male variety and vice versa. We need each other for balance and harmony.

This is not hate speech, this is real talk. Women are excelling as never before. We are figuring out leadership and how to meld those characteristics with our own personalities to find our own way – because copying men just isn’t working for us. It is obvious that would never work, but some insisted on trying it anyway.

We women have to own our existence – who we are, and though we may compete in a male environment, that should not mean we are at a disadvantage. How can we be? We bring things to the table that men don’t have, obviously! Women need to be reminded to use our God-given attributes to forge new leadership models, and find new ways to incorporate things that remain very important to many women – family and home. But that challenge has nothing to do with men.

Men, we want you to remain true to your nature. While you are on the receiving end of much unfair criticism lately, we know you have the strength and honor to pull through. Because we’ve seen it in how you’ve been good to us, and to our children. We need you to stay the course, to artfully combine fierceness and humility, and to continue to be our knights.

The knight is a man of blood and iron, a man familiar with the sight of smashed faces and the ragged stumps of lopped-off limbs; he is also a demure, almost maidenlike, guest in a hall, a gentle, modest, unobtrusive man. He is not compromise or happy mean between ferocity and meekness; he is fierce to the nth and meek to the nth. The man who combines both characters – the knight – is not a work of nature but of art; of that art which has human beings, instead of canvas or marble, for its medium.

― C.S. Lewis

For the last twenty-four years of my life, I’ve been concerned with putting a good man into the world. It was a sentiment that came to me almost immediately upon finding out I was pregnant with a boy. I faced many obstacles and the path I maneuvered was not ideal. But I did it, not without the grace of God, and I am very protective of that achievement as are countless other moms of boys. We are not going to let anyone threaten the integrity of our sons.

Raising boys has made me a more generous woman than I really am. Undoubtedly, there are other routes to learning the wishes and dreams of the presumably opposite sex, but I know of none more direct, or more highly motivating, than being the mother of sons.

~Mary Kay Blakely

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

~ Douglas MacArthur

We have all sought to produce a man who can weather hard times, and be gentle when times call for gentleness. All this is manliness.

Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado or loneliness. It consists in daring to do the right thing and facing consequences whether it is in matters social, political or other. It consists in deeds not words.

― Mahatma Gandhi

This is what we think of when we think of men: Our rock, our bearing, our lifeboat. Never allow these qualities to be made into something dishonorable. We will be there to champion you every step of the way. We are your biggest fans and undaunted life partners.

But what are the reasons that we love men so much? The author Paul Coelho has a running list on his blogsite, with various contributors. I will steal a few of my favorites, some silly some poignant, about why we love men:

Because they never understand us, but they never give up.

Because they can see beauty in women when women have long ceased to see any beauty in themselves.

Because they persevere in making and repairing things beyond their abilities, with the naíve self-assurance of the teenage boy who knew everything.

Because they never wear or dream of wearing high heels.

Because you always know what they think and they always mean what they say.

Because they go to great lengths to hide, unsuccessfully, that they are frail and human.

Because they always finish the food on their plate.

Because they’re truly as simple as they claim to be.

Because they are tender when they cry, and how seldom they do it.

Because they make excellent companions when driving through rough neighborhoods or walking past dark alleys.

Because they really love their moms, and they remind us of our dads.

Because they never care what their horoscope, their mother-in-law, nor the neighbors say.

Because they don’t lie about their age, their weight, or their clothing size.

Because when all is said and done, they can’t live without us, no matter how hard they try.

And we can’t live without them! Victory Girls are grateful for all our readers, and today especially for all our male readers! We wish all the Men a wonderful Thanksgiving! It wouldn’t be the same without you.

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15 Comments
  • George V says:

    I would add this quote from John Paul Jones, of Revolutionary War fame, as words to live by.
    “It is by no means enough that an officer be capable…He should be a gentleman of liberal education, refined, manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honor… No meritorious act of a subordinate should escape his attention, even if the reward be only one word of approval. Conversely, he should not be blind to a single fault in any subordinate.’”
    We could replace “officer” with “man”.

  • George V says:

    Oh, yes, one more thing…

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • LosAngelesKing says:

    I learned many eons ago from my Dad one important thing, among many things, that if you say only one prayer in your life, make it Thank You. Thank you for publishing this. It made my day.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours ladies.

  • cbpelto says:

    RE: Taking a ‘Beating’

    “Men are taking quite a beating in the public square these days, but we are fighting back against the broad brush negativity directed toward the guys.” — Article

    As Steve Rogers, a.k.a., Captain America, before he gets the ‘treatment’, would say….

    I can do this all day.

  • Jeff says:

    Thank you so much Jenny! A few more:

    Because when Houston flooded they brought their boats and rescued thousands of people.

    Because when the shooting started in Vegas they died shielding woman with their bodies.

    Because when the shooting started in the church they ran to the sound of gunfire and chased the killer down.

  • Paul says:

    Thanks this is really needed.

  • Larry J says:

    Because they’re truly as simple as they claim to be.

    For years, I’ve said that “women would rest easy if they understood that most men are just as simple as we seem.” At first, I thought this was originally written by the humorist Dave Barry but I can’t find reference to that anywhere. Perhaps it’s an original idea with me but the odds against that are quite high. Regardless, the idea is true. Most men say what they mean and mean what they say. It’s really that simple. While it’s true that there are exceptions such as lawyers, politicians, used car salesmen, and the like, that most men are straight-forward and “simple” is quite real.

  • GWB says:

    I would only haggle with one statement:

    though we may compete in a male environment

    I think this phrase should be done away with. You’re competing in the same environment men are – but it isn’t a “male” environment.

    What you mean is that you’re often going into an environment that is male-dominated because it rewards (or even requires) an abundance of male qualities. Yes, many jobs outside the home require that. I know you ladies understand and appreciate that.
    But, the phrase implies that outside-the-home work is someplace that only males go, normally. And I think we can dispense with that fiction starting about 20+ years ago. In most places, if you bring the qualities necessary to do the job, it’s your environment.

    But, I appreciate the post, and the points you make. Thank you for all you do, ladies. You definitely bring the necessary qualities to this job.

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