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An Inherently Problematic Republican

 Josh Hawley is telling American men that their masculinity is defined by the left as “inherently problematic.” Now, ain’t that a hoot ! As a woman, I can speak to the idea of one’s sex being “inherently problematic.”  Like being paid less than a man or being judged by a potential employer in terms of my child-bearing years.  Then, there’s the whole concept of women as breeders and women whose bodies don’t belong to them but to the politicians in their district.   And we could go throughout the history of women from Eve (if you’re a believer) all the way to the passage of the ERA - oh wait, it hasn’t passed yet.  And there’s the idea of women being subservient to their fathers and husbands, not being able to own property, being passed over for top positions (just ask Queen Elizabeth I), and that’s before we ever get to the ridicule, harassment, and number of times we women have been told “good girls don’t do that.” No, Josh Hawley, masculinity isn’t “inherently problematic,” but femini
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