Senator Josh Hawley (MO)
Senator Josh Hawley and American Masculinity
by Sean Kullman
Sunday, November 14 2021
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has received praise and criticism after his speech regarding the plight of boys and men at the National Conservatism Conference in Orlando, Florida. From Fox News and its more positive stance on Hawley’s speech to other news organizations, who hold him in disdain, Senator Hawley is touching a nerve.
In the last week, the Atlantic published two pieces on Hawley’s speech, one by David French, “Populists and the Masculinity Crisis: Physician, Heal Thyself: When role models matter, the new right has the wrong answer” and another by Ronald Brownstein, “How Voters Feel About Josh Hawley’s Attack on Men." The Washington Post printed an opinion piece by Kathleen Parker (author of Save the Males), “Josh Hawley is unfit to raise the flag on behalf of males.”
David French, more than the others, rightly acknowledged the plight of boys and men before his criticism of Hawley. And while the others tangentially address the plight of boys and men, French, Brownstein, and Parker are in agreement that Hawley is not the man to lead the charge when it comes to understanding and defending masculinity in America.
But like so many conversations regarding the challenges of boys and men, the realities associated with opioids, suicide, education, fatherhood, healthcare, and homelessness, remain on the back burner while these articles stoke the fires of the culture wars. Political opposition to Hawley takes center stage and little is done to address the policy front and systemic challenges boys and men face on a state and federal level.
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