A senator from Missouri thinks feminism is driving men to play more video games

A senator from Missouri thinks feminism is driving men to play more video games

The lawmaker shows what happens when politicians become disconnected from reality

While there are dozens of reasons why a person might be drawn to the gaming world, especially at a time when the industry is booming, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley says he firmly believes that the effort to combat toxic masculinity in America has led men to have a closer relationship with the space. He made this assertion while giving a speech to a group of Republicans.

During a National Conservative Conference in Orlando, FL, Hawley gave a special focus to the issue of masculinity, which he said is under attack, and called for men to return to traditional male roles. The Donald Trump supporter appeared to have been echoing relevant talking points in groups such as the Proud Boys. This far-right group was created to oppose feminism outright and claim that men have long been under attack by liberal elites.

“Can we be surprised that after years of being told that they are the problem, that their manhood is the problem, more and more men are withdrawing into the enclave of idleness and pornography and video games?” Hawley said. “While the left may celebrate this decline of men, I for one cannot join them. No one should.”

Hawley, 41, spoke at the conference without actually showing sources to back up his belief that men were consuming more video games more often because of feminism; however, Hawley said he wanted to discuss “the left’s attempt to give us a world beyond men.”

While the Show-Me State senator claimed to be extremely concerned about this whole situation, he actually offered few solutions to the problems he claimed to present. His apparent claim to speak for all men quickly became a new topic of derision on Twitter.

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