Right-wing pundits, politicians and internet trolls have spent the last decade lamenting what they say is a devastating crisis in America’s masculinity. You see the impact of this crisis everywhere, in mass shootings, obesity rates and NFL players wearing pink to raise money for breast cancer research.
The latest call for the man’s rescue comes from Tucker Carlson, one of his most vocal advocates, who recently published one Ancient aliens-style documentary titled, end of men. It’s the latest installment in his Fox Nation series, Tucker Carlson originals– a collection of screeching culture war short documentaries.
Over its running time of 34 minutes, end of men highlights a focus group of far-right figures — like Pizzagate advocate Mike Cernovich and an anonymous internet troll calling himself Raw Egg Nationalist — who have distilled the insecurities fueling their right-wing manhood complex into what they call “bro-science.” to name. According to Carlson’s panel of experts, bro-science will save us from the crisis of vulnerable masculinity.
Bro science most impressively replaces real science. At one point end of men, Cernovich claims that “most doctors are not real scientists”. Damn the scientific method, the bro scientists rely solely on anecdotal evidence. Carlson boasts that they “experiment on themselves and post the results online.” These bro-science “experiments” include shining red-light machines on their testicles, drinking raw eggs, and firing big guns — all to juice their own testosterone.
As soon as bro-scientists hit the screen, it becomes clear that their field of study isn’t just about fending off the ivory-tower pundits who read books and submit their theses for review—bro-science is also about creating a safe space to create one in which “real men” can claim their supremacy, isolated from the cruel world of facts and data.
The bro-scientists are petrified by what they call “soy globalism” — a massive conspiracy that will bring an unnamed cabal to the forefront of everything Carlson and his hypernationalist group of science bros fear and despise. in the end of men, behind every mask is a soy globalist—an ideology defined by Raw Egg Nationalist as “own nothing, live in the pod, eat soy.” Its proponents are never identified – they are a faceless entity, two trigger words that mean nothing.
The documentary claims that the ultimate goal of the soy globalists is to lower testosterone levels in American men. This is to “control you and milk you for as much economic value as possible before they kill you,” says Raw Egg Nationalist. And the soy globalists are winning, according to the documentary, which claims average testosterone levels have fallen markedly over the past half-century.
Here’s the grain of truth in Carlson’s feverish dream—reputable studies have shown that testosterone levels are plummeting, though “soy globalism” isn’t the actual culprit.
“The bro scientists are petrified by what they call “soy globalism” – a massive conspiracy that puts an unnamed cabal at the forefront of everything…”
Real scientists have suggested a number of factors for the decline in testosterone: the rising rates of obesity, the decline in smoking (which increases your testosterone levels), and the increasing prevalence of endocrine disrupting chemicals found in things like food packaging and herbicides.
So how does it work end of men suggest we fix this testosterone crisis, this calamity for manhood?
According to Carlson’s lead bro-scientist, Raw Egg Nationalist, you eat raw eggs. You take a cold shower, you shine red lights on your testicles. The soy globalists want you to eat their soy, he adds, pointing out that “you can’t patent an egg” and claiming that an egg “is the absolute opposite of the disgusting junk that the globalists want that you eat it”. (This would be a good time to point out that Raw Egg Nationalist publishes their Raw Egg cookbook through a tiny publisher with a catalog dominated by Nazi titles — like a newly translated edition of the Third Reich’s Fitness Handbook and a three-part biography by Horst Wessel, a Nazi stormtrooper martyred by Hitler’s chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels.)
The pseudonymous troll claims his raw egg wisdom is “backed up by all sorts of studies” – and screenshots of some of the studies briefly flash across the screen. A study titled “Low-Fat Diet and Testosterone in Men: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Intervention Studies” is even highlighted.
That study’s co-author Joseph Whittaker told The Daily Beast that men hoping to boost their testosterone levels “should avoid low-fat diets.” But instead of the Raw Egg Nationalist’s recommended “offal” and “raw milk,” Whitaker recommended zinc-rich foods like “red meat, oysters, and pumpkin seeds.”
When asked about the raw egg diet, Whittaker said, “Raw egg whites contain a substance called avidin that prevents the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin that allows your body to process fats), so I would avoid raw eggs. You can have the yolk runny, but the white should be cooked.”
“Turek is asked, “Would you recommend young men tanning their balls?”—but before the stunned doctor can answer, the documentary cuts to a montage of shirtless men shooting guns and milking cows.”
Which brings us to the real headline maker of end of men: “Ball tan”.
This is part of the Bro Science hypothesis that using red light therapy on your testicles increases your testosterone. The self-proclaimed “right bro-scientist” who champions ball tanning in Tucker’s documentary explains, “The bro-science behind ball-tanning in general is make it feel good, so do it — the bro-science behind ball tanning is based on.” very real science in the making.” This commentary is contrasted with excerpts from a study published in 1939 – hardly a “very real science in the making”.
The only doctor featured in Carlson’s documentary is Dr. Paul Turek, a doctor specializing in male reproductive health. In the documentary’s opening minutes, Turek is asked, “Would you recommend young men tan their balls?” — but before the stunned doctor can answer, the documentary cuts to a montage of shirtless men shooting guns and cows milk .
Because the whole premise of asking a doctor a health question is to hear their answer, and because Turek is one of the few respected figures end of men, I asked him if he would recommend young men to “tan their balls.” Turek told me, “There is no conclusive data that ball tanning increases testosterone levels.” In fact, he says that “ball tanning” is likely detrimental to sperm and testosterone production, stating, “We know about the effects from fevers and hot baths that sperm production drops like a brick as the testicle warms up. Egg browning is another ‘wellness trend’ at its finest that’s probably destined to die on the vine.”
but end of menNot about science, of course, but about the insecurity of men in the vein of Donald Trump — who felt the need to defend the size of his penis during a 2016 Republican debate. Trump, Carlson and the “bro-scientists” live in a world where they are the victims – of the “corporate media”, the globalists and the “deep state”. (Fox News is apparently exempt from this theory, despite being owned by a giant international corporation.)
And as their fears were exploited and people like Tucker Carlson told them the world was after them, the insecure brothers stepped up end of men don’t engage in self-reflection or try to understand their place in an ever-evolving world.
Instead, they embrace nonsensical conspiracy theories, create fictional bogeys, and resort to outlandish solutions in hopes of reclaiming an imagined notion of manhood. To go against the soy globalists and crush men, they do things like swallow raw eggs and tan their testicles — manly, scientific stuff indeed.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/tucker-carlsons-new-testicle-obsessed-documentary-end-of-men-is-a-feat-of-bro-science?source=articles&via=rss Tucker Carlson’s new testicle-obsessed documentary ‘End of Men’ is a masterpiece from ‘Bro Science’