Being both Masculine and Alpha

_RFX, Renzo nude, goatee, armpit, pierced nippleThere are pockets in U.S. society which either want or would prefer that people look down on a guy who is masculine and/or who has an “alpha” type personality; as though being one or being both is supposed to be some negative, bad, and perhaps dangerous thing. Well, fuck people who either think like that or want to believe that sort of thing! It’s not my fault that such people can neither understand nor accept the kind of men (like me) who happened to be both.

Men like us will neither be guilted into nor shamed for being who we are. We will never feel obligated to somehow “tone down” our measure of masculinity, masculine demeanor, nor any “alpha-type” personality we may happened to have due to the sensitive and/or insecure nature or feelings of other people. Furthermore, I am only qualified to assess and take comfort in and with my own level or measure of masculinity and personality type. It’s never my place to assess and/or judge that of another man. I believe society would be better off if they’d simply follow my position on this.

I recently tweeted this:
RobFather Tweet (12APR2019)-3Among a host of other things I attribute to the “me” that I am, my self-confidence, both my psychological stability and sexual security and comfort, my leadership and managerial skills, my strength, patience, love, and concern as a father, how I choose or prefer to interact with other people, my management of stress and personal health, and my very ability to live, travel, and survive in this country and in the world itself, is all based simply and exactly to my being – and remaining – the kind of person that I am and have long been. I’m good with that! Any psychologically and/or emotionally insecure, fearful, and/or intimidated motherfucker who doesn’t like it will simply have to deal with it because the man that I am will not change for their benefit. 

– RobFather X

My Position on “Anti-Vaxxers”

Over the last ten years or so, I’ve grown quite annoyed with all the rhetoric, beliefs, and senseless fears of “anti-vaxxer” people; especially when those people base their reasons, fears of vaccines/vaccinations, and/or rhetoric against vaccinations and immunizations on some religious belief or faith.

Anti-Vaccine MovementI want readers to note that I neither care to argue or debate nor will I argue or debate the vaccination/immunization versus anti-vaccination/anti-immunizations issue on this blog nor on social media. (I simply despise debating certain issues in non-verbal and non-visual environments; preferring to hold certain debates face-to-face.) Now, like each of the persons situated in the pro- vaccination/immunization camp and in the anti-vaccination/anti-immunization camp, I too, have a position – albeit unpopular, on parents who are against vaccinations/immunizations and who absolutely refuse to vaccinate/immunize their kids.

Before stating that position I must preface with this:

  • I was duly vaccinated/immunized as an infant and during several periods of my childhood. I was duly vaccinated/immunized for certain diseases or viruses during my teen years. I received either a vaccination or a booster shot vaccination several times during my twenty-year career in the U.S. Navy – especially receiving certain vaccinations/immunizations or vaccine booster shots before traveling to foreign countries (like the Somalia, India, the Philippines, and Arabic countries) during my two decades of military service. And every year since my retirement from the military twenty years ago, I get a free anti-flu vaccination at the local Veterans Affairs Medical Center. I have also been vaccinated/immunized against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, and have been tested for Hepatitis C (for which, as of this writing, there is no vaccine or immunization). I’ve been a reasonably psychologically and physically healthy person all my life – meaning, none of the vaccines that either once coursed or which now course through my bloodstream, have had any adverse or negative affect.
  • I am a parent of twenty-three years as of this writing. My son’s mother and I had our child duly vaccinated/immunized whenever his age – per the medical schedule, called for a certain vaccination/immunization. None of the vaccines nor any of the vaccine booster shots our son obtained during the years of his infancy, as a toddler, as a young child, as a teen-ager, and none of the vaccines or booster shots that he received when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, have had any adverse or negative affect on his mind or body. In short, my son is a very healthy, strong, emotionally intact, and very intelligent individual today. I couldn’t be more happy or proud.

Now, here’s my position the anti-vaccination/anti-immunization issue:

I am not, nor have I ever been against vaccinations/immunizations. Having said that, I hope the kids of anti-vaccination/anti-immunization parents – if ever infected with a contagious disease or carrying a virus which could have been prevented had those kids been duly vaccinated/immunized, die and do so long before they are able to come in contact with or be in or near the presence of non-infected kids and adults and/or previously-infected kids and adults. I realize that sounds cruel but sometimes the health and lives of the many far and most justifiably outweigh the health and lives of a few. Depending on the virus, any contact with an infected/contagious person, and/or being in the presence of an infected/contagious person, or occupying an area or space once held by an infected/contagious person, could directly endanger or possibly endanger non-infected and/or previously-infected (and supposedly now-immune) kids and/or adults.

I feel that a medically protected or vaccinated/immunized civilized society simply cannot afford to play Russian roulette with the health nor with the lives of otherwise [generally] healthy children and adults with regard to unvaccinated/non-immunized children and/or adults who may carry or who may be subject to being infected and carrying some contagious disease or virus.

– RobFather X

Carolyn Franklin: Someone You May Not Know

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NOTE: The article here inspired me to write the article you are about to read.

I had long known of Aretha Franklin’s younger sister Carolyn Franklin (May 13, 1944 – April 25, 1988). Carolyn herself was a singer and a songwriter and had both written for and sang backup on several of older sister Aretha’s songs. What I did not know was that Carolyn was very likely “family” (a LGBT code word meaning that one is gay or self-identifies as being of a non-heterosexual orientation in the LGBT+ community). Read this article link and this article link then continue reading my article. Perhaps you’ll see why the information about Carolyn has significance.

You see, this article about Carolyn Franklin was posted on Facebook shortly after Aretha Franklin’s death on August 16, 2018. Along with the countless number of postings on multiple social media networks that were made about Aretha, there were several naysayers on those networks who felt that talking about Aretha’s late sister Carolyn – and making particular mention of her sexual orientation – especially so soon after Aretha’s death, was inappropriate and insensitive. Unlike some of the people on social media who had negatively commented on the article, I saw nothing wrong with the article author writing and sharing that tidbit of information about Carolyn Franklin nor with that author making mention of her non-heterosexual orientation. It’s simply something I’m sure many people did not know and perhaps would appreciate knowing. Still, regardless of any appreciation factor, why hide the alleged fact that Carolyn was or may have been lesbian? While Carolyn Franklin possibly being lesbian is not now nor should it ever be an issue in and of itself, that information either does or may have particular significance for those of us who are not only fans of the late Aretha Franklin but who also happened to be either non-heterosexual or heterosexual allies of the LGBT+ community; we who realize the sad yet unfortunate fact that we live in a country and a world where there are still many people who have bigoted and senselessly personal, socially negative and/or religiously negative attitudes against people who are non-heterosexual and/or about non-heterosexuality itself.

A person’s sexuality should never be the main or primary focus of who a person is, although it is an important if not significant part of who that person is. (I hope that makes sense.) In many ways, a person’s sexuality can often help develop, perhaps even help define a person’s character and personality. In short, I feel that a person’s sexuality/sexual orientation should no more be hidden or suppressed, nor should it ever be mocked or made shameful than any other aspect of a person’s nature and humanity.

I believe that had Carolyn Franklin lived during the last twenty to thirty years, she may have been a LGBT rights activist or spokesperson for LGBT civil rights causes and struggles for acceptance, equality, and of course, respect. Perhaps she was or had wanted to be such a person but, as of this writing, I am not aware of nor can I confirm that sort of information. Still, Carolyn’s alleged feelings for women are either expressed or implied in some of the songs she wrote. I also believe her older sister Aretha had openly respected and supported her gay sister whom she loved, just as she (Aretha) was known to have openly loved, supported, and treated with respect many other people – some of them famous like herself, regardless of their non-heterosexual orientation.

In summary, the article I’m discussing is simply about Carolyn Franklin, a deceased younger sibling of the late Aretha Franklin. Carolyn Franklin was someone who was important in Aretha’s life; a person who had made a name for herself as a song writer and recording artist, and who had contributed to Aretha’s fame, as well as to music history itself. Any biographical revelations about Carolyn Franklin should no more be ignored nor rejected from public awareness than the biographical histories of her sisters Aretha and Erma and their father, the late Reverend C.L. Franklin.

I disagree with those persons who choose or have chosen to take the article in negative form and/or who perceive it as being some kind of post-death ugly attack on Aretha Franklin’s fame and contributions to society, if not perhaps upon the late Aretha Franklin herself. It simply isn’t like that at all in my view. Anyone who knows and respects anything about Aretha’s family roots and life history would not read more into the article than what it is.

Click here to see and hear more biographical information on Carolyn Franklin and her sisters Aretha and Erma, in the Soul Facts video (on YouTube) or watch it below.

– RobFather

 

Praise for a Simple [Space] Experiment

First, watch this video:
*All credit to Col. Chris Hadfield and the Canadian Space Agency

Simply Awesome!! Well, at least I thought it was!
Such experiments conducted in a zero-gravity environment – whether that environment is artificially created on Earth or is genuine in outer space and, no matter how “silly” or a “waste of time or tax-payer money” naysayers think such experiment may be, are uniquely educational and instrumental to technical scientists, medical scientists and engineers. Such experiments help scientists and engineers learn how to develop new or better technologies, medicines, and cures for mankind; at the very least, such experiments help those scientists and engineers improve upon the tech and medicines we already have. Much of the tech, medicines, and cures we now have would not have been possible had there been no space travel and no space experiments to begin with. Think about it!

Sometimes the simplest of things, many of which we take for granted, have to be performed in completely nonideal or unorthodox environments or situations in order to get certain results and/or to teach us different, if not better ways to approach or find viable solutions to particular problems.

I may not have as high of an IQ as scientists and engineers, nor may not understand much of anything math-related beyond basic math (I still find algebra difficult to do and pointless for my daily living) but I’m smart and wise enough to realize, understand, and appreciate space missions and space experiments, and to support the work done by astronauts from Earth – regardless of their country of origin/nationality; that is, so long as their work is for the specifically peaceful and useful benefit of all mankind and other lifeforms which exist here on Earth.

– RobFather X

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