|A conservative photo of Milo.|
Milo. If you don't know who Milo is, you can skip this post because learning about Milo will not be edifying. Milo is a British chap of 32 or so who is a star of the so-called "alt-right", which means conservatives who use very bad language and get advice about women from the manosphere.
Presumably Milo does not get advice about women from the manosphere, however, as he has deep-seated same-sex attractions, which he says he doesn't like and would get rid of if he could although he also claims to act on them. He is a Roman Catholic and apparently defends the doctrines although considering the kinds of things he says at his rallies, he might want to review Mulieris Dignitatem.
If there is an influential priest in Milo's life, it would be nice if he climbed onto the stage during one of Milo's rallies, smacked him around the head a few times and dragged him away to a monastery to have a think. I am all for Milo's freedom of speech, but I am worried about him and the young men who look up to him and think his riffs on his own promiscuity and his evisceration of feminists absolutely hilarious.
I don't know about you, but the whole outworn "make me a sammidge" put-down makes me feel sad for the men who use it. Among other things, it suggests a man who doesn't actually know how to make a sandwich or has so little control over his life that the only thing that makes him feel good is to exert power over some nervous woman (or imagine that he could). It's also an obscene abuse of the fact that many (if not most) women actually do enjoy caring for other people and do so in a million, often overlooked, ways. This is not something you demand or take for granted. It's something to value, just as there are many things women should value in men.
One of the very nicest things about men is how so many of them care for women and children. This is natural and normal to well-raised adult men although obviously there are enough men who don't like women for the well-raised adult men to feel very protective of women. (Sorry about that convoluted sentence.) Anyway, all the men in my family--including my brother's in-laws--care for women and children and feel protective of their own (at very least) without getting overly dramatic about it. And although the official family rule was that the boys were never supposed to tell the girls about things the guys said in the army or in the locker room, one of my brothers confessed to me that he was really sickened by all the garbage the guys said about women at school. I think he was 18.
So there was my brother, age 18, sickened by all the locker room talk in his all-male Catholic school, and here is Milo, age 32, delighting college men by "calling women by degrading names" to quote LifeSiteNews. Why was my 18 year old brother more mature than a 32 year old journalist? For feeling protective of women and children, my friends, is a sign of maturity in men.
Sneaking through crowds of yelling adolescents who hate you to be greeted by yelling adolescents who love you must be thrilling. Milo must also be a very brave guy to troll excitable college students in a country awash with assault rifles. However, I dislike celebrity culture, and if the LifeSiteNews article is accurate Milo seems to have traded in his intellectual gifts (his Ghostbusters review, though rude, was clever) for celebrity showmanship.
Speaking as a conservative (as I probably am by most western standards), I don't want young conservative men to become Personalities like Milo. I want them to become leaders and fathers, as God intended. That reminds me: Milo calls Donald Trump "Daddy". Milo, you're 32 years old. I see what you're doing there, but have some dignity.
Milo's self-presentation would make so much more sense if Milo weren't a Roman Catholic who says he wishes he weren't gay. But naturally it is the bizarre combination of camp posturing with "conservative" objections to illiberal "liberals" that has made Milo so famous. Milo says he couldn't get away with saying the things he said if he weren't openly gay.. This is actually nonsense. Ordinary married men with children object to illiberal liberals all the time only without resorting to rude words and jokes about their sex life.
This is probably a good place to stop so that any conservative readers can ponder what "conservative" actually means. "Conservative" has never, ever meant allowing your passions to run roughshod over your will and intellect. "Conservative" implies conserving something, and in the post-1960 West, this has usually meant conserving respect for such old-fashioned values as modesty, chastity and courtesy. Without modesty, chastity and courtesy, it's not my counter-revolution.