6-Year-Old Hero in Brutal Dog Mauling Is Epitome of Traditional Masculinity

6-Year-Old Hero Destroys Left’s Toxic Masculinity Narrative

By Andrew J. Sciascia, WESTERN JOURNAL

With talk of toxic masculinity growing more pervasive in the culture, the idea of a brave man heralded for protecting a young lady in need seems almost a taboo fairy tale at this point.

According to New York Times writer Maya Salam, too many modern American boys have been indoctrinated with the idea that men “can’t express emotion openly; that they have to be ‘tough all the time’; that anything other than that makes them ‘feminine’ or weak.”

It’s an epidemic, leftists like Salam argue, that has led even the American Psychological Association to cite it as a cause of male “aggression and violence” — one that puts males at “disproportionate risk for school discipline, academic challenges and health disparities.”

Heck, even chivalrous male actions have taken on a dark identity in social justice culture, with third-wave feminists and left-wing media culture warriors coming to know things like holding the door or complimenting a woman’s maternal instincts as insulting forms of “benevolent sexism.”

So, when a young man made headlines this week for putting his life on the line to protect his sister from a brutal dog mauling, you can bet I did a double take.

Of course, that man was a lot younger than I’m letting on — elementary school-age, in fact — and you have probably already heard of him.

Six-year-old Wyoming native Bridger Walker went viral last week when proud aunt Nicole Walker posted to Instagram describing the boy’s heroism alongside photographs revealing the aftermath of the dog attack — which resulted in roughly 90 stitches.

“On July 9th, my six year old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by standing between her and a charging dog,” Walker wrote. “After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe.

“He later said, ‘If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.’ After receiving 90 stitches (give or take) from a skilled plastic surgeon, he’s finally resting at home,” she added.

The touching post was quick to make the rounds on social media, garnering more than 1.4 million likes and thousands more well wishes in the comments section.

As establishment media outlets picked up the incident for coverage, a couple of Bridger’s own personal heroes even ended up stumbling upon the news.

Hollywood actors Chris Evans and Tom Holland, who portray Captain American and Spider-Man, respectively, in the blockbuster Marvel Cinematic Universe, both contacted Bridger to celebrate and reward his bravery.

Evans hooked the boy up with an authentic replica of Captain America’s signature shield, while Holland invited him to the filming of the yet unnamed third installment in the latest “Spider-Man” movie series.

“You’re a hero,” Evans told youngster in a video message. “What you did was so brave, so selfless. Your sister is so lucky to have you as a big brother. Your parents must be so proud of you.”

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  1. Bridger certainly should do his father proud, and is well on his way to becoming a man; but the “Capatin America” hype is a bit off. The lad did for his sister, what Jesus did for us, with my apologies to the religiously sensitive here. It’s an old narrative. The boy was taught right; and God was certainly looking after both him and his little sister. This is the stuff America grew up with — not Marvel Comics’ America, but the real America.

    I was certainly blessed by the boy’s bravery, after reading the article; but what got me to posting in the first place was the shock of reading the following:

    With talk of toxic masculinity growing more pervasive in the culture, the idea of a brave man heralded for protecting a young lady in need seems almost a taboo fairy tale at this point.”

    “What the hell,” I thought, “is Andrew talking about?” Toxic masculinity??? Is this what sick minds like Maya Salam drift to, after too many years of not knowing God? Again, pardon me for being “religiously insensitive”, but this reminds me of a scripture:

    Genesis 6:
    [5] And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

    This was the condition of men’s hearts, in the days leading up to the flood. Bob Dylan was right: “It’s a hard rain’s gonna fall!”

  2. BRAVO Bridger! Every little sister wishes she had a big brother like Bridger Walker!! Family bonds of love and loyalty are the actual targets of leftist psychobabble terms like “toxic masculinity.” Radical leftist Democrats promote loyalty to the state, not to the family.

  3. Reminds me a little of my late father, who tracked me down in a dense woods where I had taken a fall and lost consciousness while exploring nature which was one of my favorite pasttimes. I have no idea how he found me. He rescued me, and carried me home, where I recovered from my injury.. I still don’t know how he was able to find me.He was also a war hero who was awarded four battle stars as an infantryman in World War II, but he always denied he was a hero or even that he had seen combat–which didn’t square with those four battle stars, or the regular pension he received from the army for a life-long medical condition that resulted from his infantry service. I think he lied originally to protect my mother’s feeligs, because she was scared stiff when he was serving on the Italian front, where everyone knew there were heavy American casualties.

    He also never complained when he felt sick or was depressed. Even when he was in a lot of pain he always claimed he “felt fine” and wouldn’t let his relatives comfort him.

    Of course, Dad was a lot older than Bridger when he demonstrated this “toxic masculinity!” Bridger’s ‘going toxic” and saving his sister when he was only six years old is certainly an amazing story. May there be many boys and men as “toxic” as Bridger.

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