In a recent interview with The Guardian to promote his new album, Manslaughter, rapper Ice T made some very bold statements about manhood and masculinity. The “pussyfication” of men, as he calls it. He says it has nothing to do with homosexuality, but in his opinion men have become softer.
Here’s the relevant excerpt of the interview:
What’s the lyrical agenda on Manslaughter? You declare that “manhood’s dead” …
I think right now you’re dealing with the pussyfication of the male sex. Men are just being so passive, not standing for something; they’re very politically correct. This has nothing to do with the gay male. The gay male is gay and I have no problem with that. Men are just soft. It’s OK to say you want to be a woman, but try to be a man and there’s something wrong with that.
Are women toughening up as a result?
Well, women want the position. One of my buddies told me, “For you to be a man, a bitch has definitely taken a position.” If you’re with your girl and you’re like, “Where should we park? I don’t know …”, she’ll be like, “Park here!”
So the weakness of men has allowed women to grow stronger?
Not necessarily. They were going to grow stronger anyway because women want power. But at the same time they’ve made men feel very uncomfortable about speaking about their feelings.
Looking past who the messenger is, what are your thoughts? Agree, Disagree or somewhere in-between?