It remains to be seen whether the upcoming book on masculinity by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) will hit the bestseller charts when it’s published next May, but it should definitely do well when it comes to inspiring Twitter snark.
That prediction is based on the reaction by Twitter wits after the book, “Manhood: The Masculine Virtues Americans Need,” was officially announced on Thursday.
Hawley has previously complained about the supposed decline of “traditional masculine virtues” like “courage, independence and assertiveness.” He’s also argued that this alleged decline in masculinity has led to a rise in masturbation and video gaming.
Many people couldn’t help but laugh at the thought that the noted insurrectionist fist-pumper and Senate running man was some kind of alpha male ― even though he seems more like the classmate who tells the professor they forgot to assign homework.
Hawley soon found himself and his book to be the butt of all sorts of jokes.
It would not be surprising if Josh Hawley’s Manhood falls well short of expectations and fails to please anyone. https://t.co/c1F0HSjAdn
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 28, 2022
"What are you getting at the bookstore?"
"Gonna grab Senator Hawley's Manhood"
— Shoshana Weissmann, Sloth Committee Chair 🦥 (@senatorshoshana) July 28, 2022
I’m pretty sure @HawleyMO sold his manhood a long time ago. https://t.co/dwHSXS97K0
— Zack Hunt (@ZaackHunt) July 28, 2022
assuming a book called "Josh Hawley's manhood" will be a short read https://t.co/kfmcPaRUzn
— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) July 28, 2022
They should send a copy to Trump so he can officially own Josh Hawley's Manhood. https://t.co/sAHHQ167Bc
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) July 28, 2022
Run to get your copy now! https://t.co/cOvUwnYZDPpic.twitter.com/YUxSeikTIU
— Rob Schamberger (@robschamberger) July 28, 2022
Save your money and instead read free articles about psychological projection. https://t.co/yyNOgcwm1p
— Lauren Arthur (@LaurenArthurMO) July 28, 2022
i think we can all agree that this is the most manly way to kiss and anything more is beta male cuckery https://t.co/3xRIVdRH8ypic.twitter.com/zbkmvLfW3W
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) July 28, 2022
Masculinity is under threat if Josh Hawley is a shining example of manhood
— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) July 28, 2022
Imagine, if you will, the level of misplaced self-confidence it takes for Josh Hawley to think that calling his book "Manhood" will go well for him
— YesterdayIsAHardWordForHat (@Popehat) July 28, 2022
suggested cover blurb "a runaway hit"
— darth™ (@darth) July 28, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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