Are Millennials Becoming Reactionaries?

When it comes to how young men feel about gender roles and sex, it appears that traditionalism may be on the rise:

Millennials, generally defined as people born between 1982 and 2000, were supposed to be the generation that forged what has been called “a new national consensus” in favor of gender equality. Indeed, in February the prominent Columbia professor Jeffrey Sachs labeled the 2016 election, where an extremely qualified female candidate lost to a man with a history of disrespecting women, “a blip” on the road to the egalitarian society that will be achieved once millennial voters outnumber their conservative elders.

But the millennial category lumps together everybody from age 17 to 34, a group varied by race, ethnicity, religion, income, education and life experience. Don’t think for a second they are united. As a set of reports released Friday by the Council on Contemporary Families reveals, fewer of the youngest millennials, those aged 18 to 25, support egalitarian family arrangements than did the same age group 20 years earlier.

Using a survey that has monitored the attitudes of high school seniors for nearly 40 years, the sociologists Joanna Pepin and David Cotter find that the proportion of young people holding egalitarian views about gender relationships rose steadily from 1977 to the mid-1990s but has fallen since. In 1994, only 42 percent of high school seniors agreed that the best family was one where the man was the main income earner and the woman took care of the home. But in 2014, 58 percent of seniors said they preferred that arrangement. In 1994, fewer than 30 percent of high school seniors thought “the husband should make all the important decisions in the family.” By 2014, nearly 40 percent subscribed to that premise.

For anyone familiar with r/K selection theory (which I discuss in detail in Chapter 4 of my book), the fact that more traditional gender roles are favored by millennials in significant percentages shouldn't be surprising.

History, unlike the Marxist linear view, is cyclical. In response to the excesses of decades of heavy r-selection, the sexual revolution, and egalitarian and liberal dogmas, the culture finds itself naturally shifting a bit more towards K-selection.

Although interest in radical traditionalist literature is on the rise, I highly doubt that more than 5% of the men in the sample above are pouring over Evola and Nietzsche. Millennials, especially young men, are simply seeing the fruits of the sexual revolution and are instinctively shifting Right. The rabbits have muzzled the wolves for decades—both literally (through PC culture) and metaphorically—and slowly but surely, the wolves are beginning to shift the culture in their direction.

We are seeing this trend in churches too. Conservative churches are thriving, while the liberal ones are dying. Those attending the more traditional forms of Christian worship (like the Latin/Tridentine Mass or the Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church) are, much to the dismay of our Marxist Pope, millennials.

This type of reactionary shift is always what liberalism and r-selection eventually create, and hopefully it is a sign of things to come.