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The New Republic (Liberal Magazine) received scorn from critics after publishing an article on Friday celebrating “petromasculinity”, a rejection by younger generations, particularly those who use online dating apps.
In The piece, headlined “‘Petromasculinity’ Is Becoming Toxic, Too—at Least to Online Daters,” TNR praised what appeared to be a shift in online daters preferring a potential partner who cares about Climate change“Rejecting petromasculinity”: climate denial, authoritarian politics and sexism, which are often inextricably connected.
Liza Featherstone, author of “Climate Denialism is not Hot”, wrote while citing a report from The HillOkCupid users found that climate denial was their biggest problem.
The report stated that 90% of users believed it was important for a potential partner to care about the planet. TNR however noted that OkCupid’s data was not conducted like a formal opinion survey and is not representative the entire population.
“This is the most committed OkCupid users have been to any issue, in the history of the company’s data collection on such subjects,” Featherstone wrote. “It adds to a growing body of research … showing that climate change has become central to many people’s emotional lives.”
Featherstone claimed that there was a link between climate denial and hostility to feminism. Featherstone also wrote that women were more likely to consider climate concern as a necessary quality in a partner. The fact that there’s a gender gap isn’t surprising: After all, climate denial and a certain aggressive cartoon masculinity have long been deeply intertwined.”
“Fossil Fuels have been associated with a particular kind of red-blooded and heteronormative, nationist masculinity,” she stated, adding that it’s “hard not to ignore the sexual innuendo,” which Sarah Palin, ex-Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential Candidate, shouted, “Drill. Baby. Drill.”
Featherstone stated that climate-conscious habits and behaviors were often associated with femininity. This led to terms like “soyboy” being used to mock liberal males.
She also stated that “straight men’s anxiety about the environmentalism” was a “big problem” and contributed “the culture wars around climate change.”
“But it seems that many online daters are not accepting this worldview. It would be encouraging, even, to learn that certain women are done with petromasculinity, other deadly toxic toxins, she wrote. Before noting that climate change was also a top concern of OkCupid male respondents.
These findings will offend some men. It’s not hard to imagine certain corners of the internet igniting over the fear that not only is AOC going to take their hamburgers, but climate denialists may have more trouble getting laid. The incels aren’t going to like this,” she added.
“But it seems possible that, among other things, our climate crisis will help change masculinity, or at least what is rewarded in men … Who wants to deal with someone too insecure to carry a reusable bag?” The article was concluded.
TNR was mocked by critics on social media.
Gabriella Hoffman, journalist, joked that “ladies, normal men, are now guilty of petromasculinity”, while mocking TNR’s admissions that the data it used wasn’t representative the actual population.
“Can you imagine being single right this moment?” Marc Andreessen wrote, “My God,” while Ben Dreyfuss (actor and journalist) said that “petromasculinity is not a real term.”