Why do our friends on the left need to ruin everything good? Now we can't even enjoy Disney movies without a lecture.
A respected professor at the taxpayer-funded Florida International University says that the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast is offensive! Why? Because it's full of "toxic masculine capitalism."
The professor, Bryant W. Sculos, wrote a piece in the academic journal, Class, Race and Corporate Power titled, “We are the Beast: On Toxic Masculinity and Social Responsibility in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”:
In Disney’s original animated Beauty and the Beast (1991), the toxic masculinity of the Beast and Gaston are already evident. The beauty of the 1991 Beauty and the Beast is that it taught young boys that sometimes the sensitive, intellectual guy could “win” the heart of the beautiful woman (and that a woman who could and loved to read was worth desiring). I’m not sure this was a lesson that was still needed in the 1990s, but then again, I’m also not sure it isn’t still needed. That said, the portrayals of toxic masculinity in the original animated feature and the more recent live-action remake are quite similar—with one categorical exception: the role of others in the (re)production of that toxic masculinity.
The servant characters -- a teapot, a clock and others -- were “responsible for the violent, close-minded toxic masculinity that nearly destroyed their small community,” Sculos writes.
So what, exactly, is toxic masculinity? Sculos explains:
Toxic masculinity is not some alt-Right aberration, though its most extreme manifestations have fueled the alt-Right’s, and de facto Grand Wizard Donald Trump’s, rise.1 Toxic masculinity merely reflects the toxicity of masculinity in general. And while not all of these abovementioned aspects of the discourses and practices of masculinity hold in all or most cases, most hold in many cases. The more we fuel a society that demands a capitalistic mentality that privileges the commodification of life and life-sustaining goods and services, masculinity will continue to be a toxic manifestation of the same. Toxic masculinity is toxic because of its causes and effects; that is, its overall social context. It is a social virus, and it is highly contagious. In neoliberal identity politics and corporate feminism, we see that even women and non-gender conforming people are infected by its causes and effects. Neoliberal capitalism is perhaps the ideal system for a gender-neutral toxic masculinity.
One look at Sculos' curriculum page, and his socialist views slap you in the face.
Unfortunately, Sculos seemingly extreme views are not uncommon among professors today. It should come as no shock that conservative students are more afraid to speak out about their views than liberal students. When left-wing professors outnumber conservative professors 12-1, it creates a group-think environment hostile to right-wing thought.
When left-wing ideology runs rampant and unchecked, as it often does on college campuses, the thought becomes more extreme. And that's how you end up with professors living on taxpayer-funded salaries, who spend their time writing articles that complain about "offensive" kids' movies.