Machismo

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Machismo is usually described as a strong sense of masculine pride or an exaggerated masculinity.[1] Another definition of machismo is an "exhilarating sense of power or strength."[2]

Some of the Old Testament heroes display machismo such as Samson.[3]

Quote relating to the new atheist Richard Dawkins and machismo

See also: Atheism and cowardice and Atheism and mental toughness

An excerpt from Richarddawkins.net that was is also quoted from a column at Independent.ie:

So Mary Kenny thinks that there are more atheist men than women, and that this is the result of some sort of attempt at overt manliness on their part. She really must try to pay attention - to Richard Dawkins, for example whom one could hardly describe as being the epitome of machismo."[4][5]

In The Daily Telegraph article Dr. Daniel Came, a member of the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University was quoted as writing to fellow atheist Richard Dawkins concerning his refusal to debate Dr. William Lane Craig, "The absence of a debate with the foremost apologist for Christian theism is a glaring omission on your CV and is of course apt to be interpreted as cowardice on your part."[6]

After the Elevatorgate controversy, the new atheist Richard Dawkins chose to complain about being bullied by feminists rather than being stoic about the situation and the Washington Post reported on November 18, 2014:

“I don’t take back anything that I’ve said,” Dawkins said from a shady spot in the leafy backyard of one of his Bay Area supporters. “I would not say it again, however, because I am now accustomed to being misunderstood and so I will . “

He trailed off momentarily, gazing at his hands resting on a patio table.

“I feel muzzled, and a lot of other people do as well,” he continued. “There is a climate of bullying, a climate of intransigent thought police which is highly influential in the sense that it suppresses people like me.”

Recent criticism of Dawkins has come from women, many of them within the atheist movement, which has long drawn more men to its ranks. His online remarks, some women say, contribute to a climate they see as unwelcoming to female atheists.

Writing for Salon last month, atheist activist Amanda Marcotte said: “People like Dawkins . are the public face of atheism. And that public face is one that is defensively and irrationally sexist..."

Some atheist men, too, are unhappy with Dawkins’ most recent remarks[7]

Richard Dawkins and his stress related stroke

See: Richard Dawkins and his stress related stroke

Atheism, penile cancer and machismo

See also: Atheism and penile cancer

The symbol of the Roman god Mars (the god of war) is frequently used to represent the male sex.

The medical journal article Risk Factors and Prevalence of Penile Cancer states:"...in a society where masculinity is defined by and associated with the presence of the phallus, penile cancer affects male self-esteem and may lead to depression. The vexing issue with penile cancer lies in the fact that it is a largely preventable disease, where significant risk factors are modifiable."[8] See also: Atheism and depression and Atheism and self-esteem

According to WebMD, "Penile cancer, or cancer of the penis, is when cells grow out of control on or in a man’s penis."

There are a number of practices positively correlated to atheism/irreligion that increases an individuals risk for penile cancer (see: Atheism and penile cancer).

Some of the risk factors related to the development of penile cancer are: lack of male circumcision, sexual promiscuity, HPV virus, AIDS, homosexuality (see: Homosexuality and AIDS), smoking, obesity, being over the age of 60, and bestiality.[9]

The medical journal article Risk Factors and Prevalence of Penile Cancer states:

...in a society where masculinity is defined by and associated with the presence of the phallus, penile cancer affects male self-esteem and may lead to depression. The vexing issue with penile cancer lies in the fact that it is a largely preventable disease, where significant risk factors are modifiable."[10]

See also: Atheism and depression and Atheism and self-esteem

The Telegraph reported: "Patients with a strong “intrinsic faith” (a deep personal belief, not just a social inclination to go to a place of worship) recover 70 per cent faster from depression than those who are not deeply religious."[11]

Concerning atheism and depression, a University of Michigan study involving 19,775 individuals found that religious people are less likely than atheists to suffer depression when they are lonely.[12] See also: Atheism and suicide

There are preliminary studies indicating that individuals who reject Christianity in Western cultures have lower self-esteem than the Christian population.[13][14] There are also studies indicating that lower self-esteem is associated with suicidality.[15][16] Atheists have higher rates of suicide than the general population.[17][18][19] At the same time, there is a significant portion of the atheist population who suffer from excess self-esteem/pride issues (see: Atheism and arrogance).

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References

  1. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/machismo
  2. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/machismo
  3. http://www.all-creatures.org/hr/what-06.htm
  4. Atheist men and women, Op-ed, ALAN BOURKE, CHARLESLAND COURT, GREYSTONES, CO WICKLOW, Independent.ie website
  5. Taken from a forum post at Richard Dawkins' ex-forum
  6. Richard Dawkins accused of cowardice for refusing to debate existence of God, The Daily Telegraph, May 14, 2011
  7. Richard Dawkins stands by remarks on sexism, pedophilia, Down syndrome, by Kimberly Winston | Religion News Service November 18, 2014 and syndicated to the Washington Post
  8. Risk Factors and Prevalence of Penile Cancer, West Indian Med Journal. 2014 Oct; 63(6): 559–560, Published online 2015 Jul 28. doi: 10.7727/wimj.2015.381
  9. Risk Factors and Prevalence of Penile Cancer, West Indian Med Journal. 2014 Oct; 63(6): 559–560, Published online 2015 Jul 28. doi: 10.7727/wimj.2015.381
  10. What God does to your brain by Julia Llewellyn Smith. The Telegraph, 20 Jun 2014
  11. Lonely religious people are less depressed than atheists because they see God as a friend replacement, study finds, Daily Mail, 2018
  12. Rejection of atheism and self-esteem
  13. Atheism and self-esteem - part 2
  14. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21190929
  15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20602903
  16. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20602903
  17. http://www.adherents.com/misc/religion_suicide.html
  18. http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/abs/10.1176/appi.ajp.161.12.2303