Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley took time away from fundraising off of the Jan. 6 insurrection to write a book titled “Manhood: The Masculine Virtues America Needs.” If you have a budding misogynist in your circle, this may be the book for him!
As most reviews have noted, the book manages to omit Hawley’s great claim to fame on the national stage: running away from protesters he pumped his fist at earlier in the day on Jan. 6, 2021. It was this running and his subsequent seditious bluster that led to Hawley being called a “bitch” by former D.C. police officer Michael Fanone, who was attacked and injured defending our Capitol that day.
The online reviews have been a pretty resounding No, thank you! And also pretty hilarious.
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One of the online outlets compiling reviews of Mr. Manhood’s “Manhood” is Goodreads, where Hawley’s book has received a combined 1.14 stars (out of 5). Here are some sample lines from the reviews:
Manhood: man-hood noun 1. The act of raising a fist, while protected by barricades and Capitol police, to the treasonous masses you're attempting to fleece, then fleeing like Chicken Little when the same insurrectionists actually storm the Capitol building you're cowering in.
Not even Josh Hawley can embody his toxic ideal of masculinity. Sad.
I hear they’re making the book out of glass, so it will be as fragile as his “masculinity.”
We can only speculate whether or not the glass book rumor is true. Any Monty Python fans out there?
I understand it has a terrific running program. But I also understand he's a lumberjack and he's OK.
Here’s a more substantial review posted on Twitter:
Hawley’s attempts at manliness have amounted to loud, bigoted attacks against children or powerful women of color, such as his embarrassing display during the Supreme Court nomination hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Hawley has a long history of defending white supremacist values and their right to do the fighting he is too afraid to engage in. When he was 15 years old he wrote an early anti-woke (back then it was called “political correctness”) piece defending the militias tied to the Oklahoma City bombing.
Here’s a review that uses a stronger definition of manliness.
Here’s the I’m not a doctor review.
In the end, this review on Amazon by someone called “Cassie M.” might summarize Hawley’s brief literary career. It’s titled “Vomit,” and Cassie writes: “Josh Hawley knows zero about being a real man.”
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