Make Boys Men Again

President Trump’s election confronted mainstream journalists with something they had never seen before: a male role model. But the damage eight years of Obama’s feminism has done to male minds may take decades to unwind. Unlike our European forefathers who struck fear in primitive people’s hearts, today’s frightened white twenty-somethings call themselves ‘gender-fluid hipsters’ or ‘third-wave feminists’. What they really lack is a pair of full-grown testicles. If Western civilization does not aggressively reinstate a rite of passage that teaches teenage boys how to be a man, future historians will point to their feminization as the reason why the millennial generation so easily surrendered to the enemy.

One man with the courage to act on foresight is South Africa’s Colonel Franz Jooste. Having served in the South African Defence Force, Colonel Jooste now leads the Kommandokorps. Several times a year, the corps organizes paramilitary camps for teenage boys and young men. They are the Afrikaners or in the colonel’s own words, “the white tribe of Africa”. Once a majority, many members of today’s South African white minority of about 4.5 million are lost in a sea of over fifty million non-whites. Colonel’s Jooste’s boot camps prepare Afrikaner boys to become members of their tribe.

In 2011, photographer Ilvy Njiokiktjien and journalist Elles van Gelder produced a short documentary film about the Kommandokorps titled Afrikaner Blood. [], The documentary portrays a dozen boys aged thirteen to nineteen who feel a need to “become a real man, no longer a sissy”. During nine days of physical hardship and verbal abuse, the boys undergo a visible psychological transformation. Short interviews with the filmmakers show that the boys, at first, appear unsure of their place in multiculturalSouth Africa. A few days later, after having shed tears struggling to obey Colonel Jooste’s orders, the boys appear to have found their true identity. They now confidently reject Nelson Mandela’s doctrine of the rainbow nation.

Colonel Jooste understands why so many of today’s whites feel lost,

“When I love my own nation, my own language, my own culture, and my own race, and someone says I’m racist, yes, then I am a racist. I am not ashamed to say I’m a racist.”

Themes of Afrikaner manhood and identity returned in a feature-length 2015 documentary by Tarryn Lee Crossman, titled Fatherland []. The female director chooses to focus on the extremist nature of the camps. She shows how a batch of insecure boys win confidence. After nine days, the boys know who they are, where they are from, and what they stand for, both as members of the Afrikaner tribe and as men. Fifteen-year-old ‘Sparky’ says, “Now I know I can be like my dad one day.”

The camps provide the boys with a rite of passage that questions modern Western taboos on manhood and white identity. The Colonel’s rite resembles that of traditional passage rites found elsewhere in the world. First, the boys depart from their families. Then, they travel to an unknown location where they arrive in a men’s only setting. Given nicknames and new clothing, they complete the separation from their family’s protective environment. At this point, they cease to be their parent’s children. Colonel Jooste and his crew teach the boys discipline, how to execute an order, and, most importantly, what responsibilities their Afrikaner society expects of its adult members. Deprived of sleep and food, the boys must complete several trials. A ceremonial celebration signals their successful transition to manhood. They’ve earned the right to call themselves men—Afrikaner men.

The rite of passage helped to separate the boys from the feminine family. They were absorbed into the masculine Afrikaner tribe. In today’s world, media and politics teach us to believe that manhood and tribal identity are the cause of racism and sexism. We are taught that men threaten the socio-political position of minorities and women. We are taught that war and conflict are men’s fault.

At the same time, though, minorities living in the West continue practicing their passage rites. The Amish Rumspringa, literally “jumping around”, allows Amish boys and girls aged fourteen to sixteen to leave their strict fundamentalist communities and explore the modern outside world on their own. In Ancient Rome, during the Liberalia festival, a father would take his adolescent sons to the Forum where they received new clothes and were presented to the public as adult citizens with voting rights.

Although no written evidence of Nordic passage rites has been preserved, one can still observe certain ancient rites of passage in remote areas of rural Europe. Dutch filmmaker Arnold-Jan Scheer spent three decades of his life traveling to small towns and villages in rural Austria, Switzerland, France, and Germany. There, he recorded traditional Saint-Nicholas festivals held in early December. In some of these places, teenage boys would dress up as wild beasts. For several nights, the frenzied boys run around chasing and harassing young women—deliberately. An elderly father figure—sometimes in the form of Saint Nicholas and sometimes as Wotan, the Germanic god of storm and frenzy—fires them up. The boys, in a trance, keep roving until they collapse from exhaustion.

The taboo on manliness explains where gender disorders come from. They come from the feminist oppression of boys who are denied their right to become men. In the interest of the psychological health of young Western males, our societies must immediately restore teenage boys’ access to publicly acknowledged rites of passage.

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