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September 08, 2008

The Rawness

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

The Rawness is one smart, fresh, and funny writer. Read here about how to have fun tormenting hipster "music Nazis," and here about some of the books that turned The Rawness into the raw kind of conservative that he is.

This posting about ghetto black males struck me as really brilliant. Great passage:

Even though they are doing their best to be supernigga, they still do things in a feminine way because feminine influences are most of what they know. Most of their role models and involved family members are women, and the few men in their lives were likely raised by only women too. And it shows in how they handle conflict: grudges are held forever, they never know how to let anything slide, they think primarily with emotion and are prone to outbursts, drama and confrontation and most importantly, they don’t know how to choose their battles. True male behavior isn’t being a drama queen, being highly prone to emotional outbursts and holding onto grudges; true male behavior is picking your battles, knowing when to fight and when to let things slide, analyzing things calmly and logically and having discipline over your moods and emotions and exercising emotional restraint. These are things that a true alpha male influence teaches you, and such influences have almost disappeared completely from the hood.

That "these guys are modeling female behaviors" bit is an angle that I'd never given a single thought to before.

Some of The Rawness' other postings about black issues can be gotten to here.



posted by Michael at September 8, 2008


It's that kind of insight that causes me, a genuine bio-reductionistic genetico-fanatic to be reluctant to ascribe personality differences to genotypic variation rather than learning, especially social/familial. DNA is huuuuge...but it ain't as huuuuuge as I think it is.

Posted by: PatrickH on September 8, 2008 4:07 PM

I'm surprised that this angle hasn't been voiced before, as I've thought it to be the case recently, and not only of blacks, but also white and other hipsters. The Rawness should add the obsession with clothes and fashion, and the obsession with body (the "six-pack" obsession, hairlessness). The behavior mirrors gays and their obsession with looks. The key is modeling females and not traditional men.

Posted by: BIOH on September 8, 2008 4:52 PM

T's masterpiece is The Rocky Fallacy in my opinion.

Posted by: Brian on September 8, 2008 9:24 PM

I was raised in a single parent family, surrounded by squabbling dramatic women.
In my household impulse behaviour was the only solid rule and no issue or problem was ever, approached except emotionally.
And my life has been plagued by an inability to get on with people.
I'm 50 now (white) and I have to admit that this suspicion has grown over the years. I'm convinced that having a cantankerous, neurotic mother as a role model - with no male role models at all, has left its mark.
It is another unspoken cost of single parenthood. Young men with no access to the direct, involved attention of emotionally balanced males on whom they can model their behaviours.

Posted by: Fred Kite on September 9, 2008 1:42 AM

This insight reminds me of a story about Jack and Jackie Kennedy that went something like this:

Jack: Now, at dinner tonight, be extra charming to Sen. Snodgrass. I need him to work hard to convert some undecided Senators to our side on next week's big vote.

Jackie: But I hate Senator Snodgrass!

Jack: Why?

Jackie: Because he betrayed you on that vote in 1957! Don't you remember what you said about him?

Jack: Sure. But you can't win at politics if you hold grudges. And I like to win. So, be especially charming to him.

Posted by: Steve Sailer on September 9, 2008 3:35 AM

T here, thanks for the props Michael. You've given me a lot of food for thought too, especially those Devlin essays! Really clarified a lot of theories I was stuck on. Fred Kite, I am in awe of the brutal honesty of your self-assessment. One of the things I love about this site and Roissy's is the intellectual curiosity and brutal frankness of the commenters. The articles are great, but the commenters really are the icing on the cake.

Posted by: T. AKA Ricky Raw on September 9, 2008 11:29 AM

Aaaaah! That's the "ah" of enlightenment. Is that why I find American football camp?

Posted by: dearieme on September 9, 2008 1:17 PM

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