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Republican Senator Josh Hawley Concerned Feminism Has Led Men To ‘Porn And Video Games’ | The far right


The effort to combat toxic masculinity in the United States has led men to consume more pornography and play more video games, said Missouri Senator Josh Hawley in a speech to a group of Republicans.

Speaking in the National Conservatism Conference in Orlando, Florida, Hawley addressed the issue of “manhood,” which he said was under attack, and called for men to return to traditional male roles.

The Donald Trump supporter who conspicuously raised a fist in support of a mob in front of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 seemed to echo the talking points of people like the Proud Boys, a far-right group that opposes feminism and believes that men are being attacked by liberal elites.

“Can it surprise us that after years of being told that they are the problem, that their manhood is the problem, more and more men are retreating to the enclave of idleness, pornography and video games?” Hawley said.

“While the left may celebrate this decline of men, I cannot join them. No one should. “

Hawley, 41, did not cite sources for his belief that men viewed pornography more frequently. However, on Monday his speech was republished for the federalist, a right-wing exit. In the speech, Hawley said he wanted to discuss “the left’s attempt to give us a world beyond men.”

“The left wants to define traditional masculinity as toxic,” he said. “They want to define traditional male virtues, such as courage, independence and assertiveness, as a danger to society.”

Hawley is the son of a banker who attended private school before attending Stanford and Yale. He worked as a clerk to the Chief Justice, John Roberts, and later became a law professor.

Given his background, he has repeated arched eyebrows for criticizing the elites. Hawley’s apparent claim to speak for all men, in the name of a return to a loosely defined masculinity of yesteryear, quickly became a new topic of mockery on Twitter.

Hawley, who was a staunch defender of Brett Kavanaugh when he was accused of sexual assault during his 2018 supreme court annulment hearings, he asserted that “children are increasingly treated like a disease in search of a cure.”

“Hollywood offers the topic of toxic masculinity ad nauseam on television and in film,” he said, going on to link traditional masculinity as “vital to self-government.”

“Observers from the ancient Romans to our ancestors identified manly virtues as indispensable to political freedom,” Hawley said.

In addition to pornography, Hawley linked his supposed decline in masculinity to issues such as unemployment, people marrying later in life, and the preservation of freedom.

Stating that freedom requires “masculine virtues,” Hawley said: “For centuries, lovers of freedom have praised these qualities as the highest standard of manhood. That is not to say that women do not possess them. But it is to say that these virtues are the positive side of aggression, competitiveness, and independence that psychologists, no less than philosophers, have long observed in men.

“Assertiveness and independence are strengths when used to protect and empower others.”

Hawley offered few solutions to the problems he claimed to present. On Monday, he used Twitter to promote your new podcast, co-host with his wife.

“In the second episode of This is Living, Josh and Erin Hawley share the story of how they met, what drew them to each other, and how two very different people decided to get married,” read a burb for the podcast.

The Hawleys met while studying law at Yale. Later, Erin Hawley was secretary to Chief Justice John Roberts and became a law professor.




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