Quote of the Day
The phallic symbol is unattainable, yet firearms and, consequently, violence are used to promote white masculinity. Gun advertisements use phallic imagery and language that promotes toxic masculine ideals. Due to the demographics of gun owners, the majority of the consumers of these products are white men. These advertisers know their market well and accurately demonstrated the anxiety white men have in a world where they feel a loss of rights and/or privileges. By using imagery of the phallic symbol, the advertisers have used their consumers’ fears and anxieties in order to sell more firearms, which, in turn, can at least partially demonstrate the white male gun owner’s identity.
August 11, 2021
Firearms and the Phallus: Using Guns to Reclaim Masculinity
And it is not just an attempt at a snarky comment on Twitter. This is an article in the Columbia Political Review. It is Columbia University’s undergraduate multi-partisan political magazine with a circulation of about 8,000.
It is such gibberish that I gave serious consideration to the hypothesis it is satire. I have since dismissed that hypothesis.