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Hawley confronts ‘leftwing attack on manhood: ‘Stop spending your time on video games … watching porn’

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It’s unlikely that any video game-playing will occur in Josh Hawley’s household if his remarks on “Axios on HBO” are any indication.

The pro-masculinity U.S. Senator from Missouri and father of three told interviewer Mike Allen that “Spending your time on video games, spending your time watching porn online while doing nothing, is not good for you, your family, or this country.”

Allen prompted this portion of the conversation by asking the prominent Republican why he has latched on to masculinity as a signature issue as evidenced by his recent speech at the National Conservatism Conference in Orlando, Fla.

“What I think what the left is doing is attacking America. They’re saying that America is systemically oppressive, and men are systemically responsible,” Hawley replied.

When Allen asked the senator to define a man, Hawley replied that “Well, a man is a father, a man is a husband, a man is somebody who takes responsibility. As conservatives, we’ve got to call men back to responsibility. We’ve got to say that spending your time not working — and we have more and more men who aren’t working. Spending your time on video games, spending your time watching porn online while doing nothing, is not good for you, your family, or this country.”

When Allen registered skepticism that liberals are literally convincing people to watch PornHub or play Donkey Kong more, Sen. Hawley didn’t seem to back down:

“Well, what I mean literally is that I think the liberal attack, the left-wing attack, on manhood says to men ‘you’re part of the problem. It says that your masculinity is inherently problematic; it’s inherently oppressive.’”

“It’s policy over many years. If you look at the policy of de-industrialization, those are policy choices pursued over many years…you’ve got 16 million men who are idle, who don’t have anything to do. Partly that’s their own responsibility, but it’s also partly because jobs have dried up in many cities across America and rural areas, too,” Hawley continued.

“I think If you put together lack of jobs, if you put together fatherlessness, if you put together the social messages that we teach our kids in school, we’ve got to confront that and its effects,” he concluded.

Watch the clip embedded below and draw your own conclusions:

“As an ambitious Republican frequently mentioned as a possible future candidate for president or vice president, Hawley, 41, is using American masculinity to appeal to suburban parents, and to working men won over by Donald Trump,” Axios claimed.

Although Hawley is being predictably mocked by many in the blue-check and non-blue-check brigade on social media, various studies have established the corrosive effect of pornography, and it seems indisputable that long-term unemployment can lead to societal instability. Excessive video gaming is also presumably a factor in America’s obesity epidemic.

In the context of masculinity, moreover, Hawley is articulating what some philosophers and would-be philosophers have more or less put forth including in what is loosely known as the admittedly sometimes controversial manosphere.

The senator may also be alluding to the fact that the concept of “toxic” masculinity has gained currency on the woke left and taken hold in the culture generally.

Again, left-wing Twitter users are en masse scoffing at Hawley, but they perhaps inadvertently may be making his point. Here is just a small sample of the outpouring:

Robert Jonathan

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