Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley is “selling a vision of masculinity to White America that has much more to do with prejudice than manliness,” declared Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart last year. CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger in 2021 accused Hawley of promoting a “conspiratorial vision” regarding America’s crisis of masculinity. Rolling Stone that same year published an article titled: “Josh Hawley’s Bizarre Obsession With Masculinity Is the Most Pathetic Front Yet in the GOP’s Culture War.”
All of this opprobrium is because Hawley wants to save men from a culture that encourages their self-destructive behaviors. At least, that’s what Hawley claims is his intent in his new book, Manhood: The Masculine Virtues America Needs. Is there something prejudicial, conspiratorial, or obsessive about Hawley’s efforts?
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