Machismo And Its Devastating Effects

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It is not uncommon to see a theme of machismo among just about anyone who trains for or claims to be prepared for their own self-defense. Martial artists, shooters, and just about everyone in between carry themselves with this sense of manliness.

Machismo 

noun

1. astrong or exaggeratedsense of manliness; an assumptive attitude that virility, courage, strength, and entitlement to dominate are attributes or concomitants of masculinity.

Take a look at the definition, “a strong or exaggerated sense of manliness”. Too often we see ‘tough guys’ use their desire to appear manly as an excuse for making poor decisions. This is an excuse to be stupid – an excuse to do stupid things or react in stupid ways. The short sightedness of anyone trying to maintain their level of machismo brings to mind a steroid-inspired cartoon caricature.

What I mean by this is that these macho dudes often draw quick conclusions and belittle those who make different (and often more logical) choices in order to protect and maintain their own manliness.

A perfect example of this is yoga. How many men do you see taking a yoga class? And quite frankly following the stereotype, how many of the men that do take yoga classes appear to be ‘real men’ and not a bunch of hippies or something? This is surprising because yoga has such great benefits from a flexibility and static strength standpoint.

Anyone who trains in the martial arts would garner great benefits from studying yoga and attending classes. It would improve their flexibility, mitigating injuries, and improve everything that requires flexibility. Unfortunately, you probably won’t see a macho guy take a class like yoga unless dragged in by his wife because he’s afraid his man card might be taken away.

The same concept is what stirs all of the .45 vs 9mm debate. Perhaps this whole argument is simply the result of erectile dysfunction, but so many tough guys on the internet will argue incessantly that anything smaller than a .45 is useless. Anyone who is enlightened on the matter realizes the difference between modern .45 and 9mm ammunition is so minimal that the increased capacity and lower recoil put the 9mm on at least equal footing with a .45.

Again you will see plenty of ‘tough guys’ afraid to carry a 9mm because they don’t want to be seen as sissies. Machismo drives a lot of decisions in the self-defense world, and quite frankly it’s to the detriment of not only the individuals that have this sense of machismo, but to the community as a whole.

Machismo also drives most debates on the internet. These macho guys try to assert that they would never retreat in a gunfight. They would never let the police search their home because clearly they can search their home completely on their own. They shoot to kill, take no prisoners, open carry huge guns, and belittle anyone who doesn’t do the same.

This same short sightedness causes the media and the general public to look at gun owners or self-defense advocates as a little crazy. Many rational people that might like to learn about firearms or self-defense are turned off by the machismo factor, or prefer not to associate with such arrogant fools steeped in testosterone.

If you are one of these macho people, get over yourself. Stop letting your machismo drive your decisions, and use your brain instead. No one is going to take away your man card for going to a yoga class or carrying a 9mm. But they will if you don’t have the balls to try being levelheaded or branch out. Suck it up cupcake.

Do you agree about the prevalence of machismo? Or are you one of these ‘tough guys’? Tell me what you think in the comment section below.

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