The Age of Men is over

John Scalzi @scalzi Jun 30
Let it be known that my daughter can lift more than I do. Because she’s on her school’s weightlifting team, and also because she’s awesome.

It’s hard to decide what is funnier:

  1. John Scalzi proudly and publicly announcing that his daughter can lift more weight than he can.
  2. John Scalzi’s apparent surprise at the fact that he is mocked and considered less than a man for this fact.
  3. John Scalzi promptly attempting to hide behind his daughter.
  4. The reactions of the rabbits rushing to assuage his wounded feelings.

John Scalzi @scalzi Jul 1
ME: Some dudes online are making fun of me because you lift more than I can. DAUGHTER: That’s because they’re pathetic losers, dad. #point

Bo Bolander ‏@BBolander
@scalzi I’ll bet she could snap them over her knee like so much kindling.

Jonathan Sick ‏@jonathansick
@scalzi Parenting #win

Michael Jewell ‏@MichaelJewell78
@scalzi two points for good parenting!

Rafe B. ‏@etcet
@scalzi *fistbump of strength prowess for the young one*

Scott S ‏@QkslvrSailor
@scalzi wait the point is to be able to lift more than others. Here I thought it was to be healthy.. My mistake

@scalzi Silly gamma rabbit, don’t you know that your entire worth as an alpha male is directly proportional to your bench press?

@scalzi How ever will you be able to provide for your family without being able to lift massive weights in extremely artificial situations?

Christina D ‏@akasha111182
@scalzi Parenting: you’re doing it right.

Catherine Coffman ‏@thinkingcatblog
@scalzi parenting win all around!

Jim Schmidt ‏@zaren
@scalzi My daughter outran me in a 5k last month. No big. She’s had actual training, and that whole “springiness of youth” thing.

A.B. ‏@ballewal
@scalzi Good kid. Good parenting.

Kelly Sedinger ‏@Jaquandor
@scalzi Ha ha, you’re weak AND you’re seeking emotional validation from your kid! 🙂

Erik Noble ‏@CrossbowROoF
@scalzi She probably lifts more than they do too.

Nick Lester Bell ‏@lebkin
@scalzi You’ve raises a very smart daughter. Be proud.

raphael ‏@shun_geki_satsu 16h
@scalzi proof that it is not only muscular force that is strong in @AScalzi98

@scalzi the fastest runner at my nephew’s school is a girl. She has shirt that says “I run like a girl. Try to keep up.” Love it!

What’s not funny is the way in which the male Gamma delusion perpetuates itself and is propagated through the women. The little gamma’s automatic reaction to social disapprobation is still to seek reassurance from his Mommy substitutes. As one “pathetic loser” observed:

Puzzle Privateer ‏@PuzzlePrivateer
@scalzi Just like the popular kids in high school didn’t invite him to their parties because they were jealous

Notice how there are multiple references to “parenting” and none at all to fatherhood. This is not a coincidence. Scalzi, having been raised without a father and being without sons, has no functional conception of what it is to be a man or a paterfamilias. And he has consciously rejected the masculine model in favor of the feminine one with which he is more familiar and comfortable. But such rejections always come at a price.

As for me, I’ve got to go with option (3). Because I don’t think that being unable to lift more weight than one’s daughter NECESSARILY makes one less of a man. That’s just not a fair assumption. There are alternative explanations. After all, one might have simply happened to marry an orc.


These orc–human crossbreeds can be found in either orc or human society (where their status varies according to local sentiments), or in communities of their own. Half-orcs usually inherit a good blend of the physical characteristics of their parents. They are as tall as humans and a little heavier, thanks to their muscle.

    +2 Strength, –2 Intelligence, –2 Charisma.

For, as you surely know, no particular reason at all.