Man’s FACEBOOK post about volunteer Harvey rescue efforts eviscerates idea of male privilege, goes viral
An Iowa man’s post about the rescue efforts that have been underway since Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas coast late last month and inundated Houston and the surrounding areas with historic flooding has touched a nerve with social media users and gone viral. Sam Heath of Nora Springs, Iowa, addressed a the scores of volunteers who’ve gone out on their own, using their personal boats, in search of people to rescue in the flood zone.
Heath, who, according to his Facebook page, owns an auto service center, pushed back hard against one of the mainstream media’s favorite narrative in recent years: The vilification of men and the idea that most men are practitioners of toxic masculinity. Since the post went live on September 1, it’s racked up nearly 65,000 reactions on Facebook, and almost 52,000 shares as of this writing.
“Let this sink in for a minute …” Heath begins in his post. “Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston. Almost all of them driven by men. They’re using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need.”
Heath continues, “Most of them are by themselves. Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and bass fisherman they are. Many are veterans. Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there’s a preponderance of camo. Most are probably gun owners, and most probably voted for Trump.”
Most of the people, Heath goes on, are “real men” or guys who fit into a traditional perception of what males have always been. They might not be perfect, he suggests, but in times of extreme crisis like what flood victims were faced with, they’re “heroic men, American men.”
In the post, Heath goes on to assail certain flimsy ideas that have become fashionable in recent years after being relentlessly pushed by so-called feminists. “And the next time they hear someone talk about ‘the patriarchy,’ or ‘male privilege,’ they’ll snort, turn off the TV and go to bed. In the meantime, they’ll likely be up again before dawn. To do it again. Until the helpless are rescued. And the work’s done. They’re unlikely to be reimbursed. There won’t be medals. They won’t care. They’re heroes. And it’s what they do.”
It’s not clear whether or not Heath is aware of the gender death gap, but he seems to be loosely alluding to it. The gender death gap refers to the stunning disparity in the number of men and women in the U.S. who are killed while on the job, a statistic that is always ignored by the mainstream media when news stories on the debunked gender wage gap are often are periodically disseminated to rile up hostility toward men.
Whatever the case may be, the post does much to eviscerate the ideas of a patriarchy and male privilege, two of the most pernicious and intellectually bankrupt concepts being promoted by the media these days. And people seem to like it. Though there are some that criticize him, Heath is largely celebrated in the comments section of the post with many people echoing the closing word of his post: “Amen.” Read Heath’s complete Facebook post here and for the rest of the day’s news return to the Page One homepage.