(July 10, 2018) The rescue of twelve soccer team boys and their coach from an underground labyrinth in Thailand merits comment. As the diagram below shows, the explorers were two-and-a-half miles from the cave entrance and had only one dangerous way out. Egress required that everyone swim through several totally submerged and dark passages. The worst one had only two feet of clearance between the floor and ceiling. Moreover, its “Vee-shaped” pathway required a confusing 135-degree orientation change from downward to upward.
Notwithstanding the false mantra of male privilege, toxic masculinity and evil-patriarchy chanted from the Gender Studies departments of America’s universities, the rescue team demonstrated what a courageous, self-sacrificing, and ingenious crew of trained males might accomplish when society lets men be men.
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