“My little brother says I’m actually a teenage girl. Granted, maybe he has a point. After all, I proudly and publicly proclaim my undying love for the greatest song ever written: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” I have been known to jam to Britney Spears on occasion and I actually have songs by Madonna and Cher on my iPod. I’ve never had any regrets when I’ve attacked a salad at a fast-food joint. And then there was that time I got roped into wearing make-up… I like to think that I am secure in my sexuality (no, I’m not gay. Sorry, guys). Yet, for some inexplicable reason, some of my guy friends routinely threaten to relieve me of my Man Card. As though appreciation of such impeccable musical artistry and leafy healthy goodness somehow makes me less of a man! The nerve. Like I didn’t drink Miller Lite or something…” – Kevin Reagan, Assistant Editor, TheCollegeConservative.com
Lately, the term “Man Card Violations,” describing a range of offenses from cat-calling women to wearing a certain style of clothes, has become a popular cultural meme of sorts. However, our writers Amy Lutz and Elissa Roberson (known as the “Conservative Sweethearts” on Twitter) decided that there was another element to Man Card Violations that did not get much discussion. So they got together and set out to give our readers what #Mancardviolations mean from a conservative female point of view.
#Mancardviolation 1: Being a “Playa”
AL: If you’ve got lust on your mind, there’s not much room for love in your heart. Jumping from woman to woman, always looking for the next “hottest” thing, is evidence of a pretty screwed-up set of priorities. You’ll never experience lasting love if you can’t get past the superficial. Your only reward will be a trail of broken hearts and shallow relationships. If you’re a “playa,” you will be the one alone in the end. All the good women will be claimed by men whose man cards are still in their decks.
ER: It’s one thing to appreciate women. It’s another to be a skirt chaser. Serial flirting is a bad idea no matter how you try to explain it and usually ends up in heartbreak (for the females and occasionally the guy). Not only does it affect your possible relationship with “The One,” but it also makes you look like a jerk. No bueno, amigo.
Mancard Validation: A woman’s body is yours to treasure, respect and protect. It’s not yours to have.
#Mancardviolation 2: Voting Democrat or Being a Liberal
AL: A regard for personal responsibility is the antithesis of the liberal ideology. If you don’t choose to be responsible and self-sufficient, you might want to work on that before entering into a relationship or starting a family. Irresponsibility is a major turn-off.
ER: This may be rather broad but it generally applies if you voted for Obama and were thinking of doing so again. Clearly you are irresponsible with your money, can’t make decisions on your own away from your Xbox, and have a strange addiction to skinny jeans. Or at the very least, haven’t worked a day in your life.
Mancard Validation: Prove you have a brain by doing your own research and checking the facts. It also wouldn’t hurt to take an ECON class and step away from Call of Duty for a day.
#Mancardviolation 3: Being Pro-Choice
AL: A man’s primary role within a family is to protect and provide for his wife and children. That means acting to preserve your child’s life starting from the moment of conception. If you cannot accept responsibility before your child is born, why would you do so after they’ve left the womb?
ER: Simply put: You clearly don’t take responsibility for your actions and can’t work through difficult situations without taking the easiest route…for yourself.
Mancard Validation: Value all life, especially those most vulnerable and most in need of protection. The power to preserve life is one of great importance. Don’t neglect it because you’d rather choose the easy way out. Remember: With great power comes great responsibility.
#Mancardviolation 4: “Being a Christian is for weenies”
AL: Nothing is more cowardly than scoffing at those who live a life of devotion and faith. Admitting that all of the blessings in your life come from God is not a sign of weakness. Rather, it’s a sign of strength. What could be more courageous than surrendering yourself completely to the Lord and leaving your selfish comforts behind? There’s something quite attractive about a man who puts his faith above all else. If you listen to men like Sean Penn when it comes to faith, you’re doing something wrong. Take a lesson from Tim Tebow and let your faith shine for all to see. Unabashed Christians are truly treasures, even if they are mocked for their faith.
ER: Okay, this may be a longshot for some of our readers but it’s the truth. Let’s face it, a big guy praying on his knees not only shows his soft side but also tells a woman he acknowledges the fact that he’s human. It also shows that he has an understanding that there are greater things in life. Aspiring to a strong moral character as defined by Christ through scripture means a man isn’t afraid of what life has ahead. His strength in attempting to achieve that higher calling means he is in it for the long run.
Mancard Validation: Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.” Philippians 3:12-16
#Mancardviolation 5: Acknowledging and Admiring the Feminist Movement
AL: If you think the conservatives’ “War on Women” actually exists, hand over your Man Card now and go commiserate with Sandra Fluke. If you think the bra-burning, socially liberal feminist ideology is a plus for society, you’re not worth my time. Seriously, be a man. Don’t acknowledge a philosophy which preaches “equal rights” but won’t stop until “equality” is synonymous with complete female domination and you’re left whimpering in the corner.
ER: This is the most horrific of #mancardviolations. You are way too in-touch with your feminine side if you think this is an honorable cause. The only point of feminism is to take men’s rights so you’re all left to the side while we females take over the world. Bad idea. If you think men in skinny jeans talking like a bunch of teenage girls while discussing Twilight is a good thing, you need to be taken to the shooting range and introduced to Monster trucks. Real women are tough without a whole movement to side with them. Quit guilt-tripping yourselves into thinking being a guy is a bad thing and go enjoy football season.
Mancard Validation: Don’t side with the Feminist Movement!! Be a man. Do guy stuff. Don’t let yourselves be belittled by some crazy feminazi that most women can’t even stand. Seriously don’t. While they’re preaching about fish and bicycles, go toss a football or throw some steaks on the grill.
So there you have it, men. If you want the chance at a lasting relationship or maintaining your dignity, make sure you don’t haphazardly violate your Man Card right and left. If you really want to capture the heart of a conservative sweetheart, treat her with respect, value God, protect life, vote conservative, and for crying out loud, don’t give the feminist movement even a moment of your time.
Amy Lutz | Saint Louis University | St. Louis, MO | @AmyLutz4
Elissa Roberson | College of the Desert | Palm Desert, CA | @ElissaRoberson
Kevin Reagan | The George Washington University | Washington, DC | @O_JoseCanYouSee