The husband of Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris — a.k.a. second gentleman Doug Emhoff — condemned "toxic masculinity" in an interview during which he promised to speak out against it at every turn.
What are the details?
Emhoff recently sat down with MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart who asked, "Can we just talk about masculinity for a moment? Has being second gentleman changed your own view of perceived gender roles and what it means to be a man?"
Here's how Emhoff replied:
This is something I've thought about a lot, and something I've spoken about a lot. There's too much of toxicity — masculine toxicity out there, and we've kind of confused what it means to be a man, what it means to be masculine, where you've got this trope out there that you've gotta be tough and angry and lash out to be strong. I [think it's] just the opposite. Strength is how you show your love for people. Strength is how you are for people and how you have their back and how you stick up for other people and pushing up, pushing out against bullies. And that's what I believe it is. So every time I can speak against this toxicity — we're seeing it with our younger people, we're seeing it in our discourse and our politics, in the media you're seeing it as it relates to so many of the issues that we're pushing back on, so I think it's a problem, and I'm gonna continue to use this platform every time I get to speak out against this toxic masculinity that's out there.
Leading the Emhoff mockery were the panelists from the Fox News afternoon show, "The Five." Check out their takes:
'The Five' on Kamala Harris's husband taking on 'toxic masculinity': 'How pathetic'youtu.be
In addition, the National Desk noted that Emhoff now "joins a crowd of liberals who have condemned toxic masculinity."
Hollywood movie director James Cameron, known for directing blockbuster films such as "Titanic" and "Avatar," has claimed testosterone is a "toxin."
"I always think of [testosterone] as a toxin that you have to slowly work out of your system," Cameron said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In a movie titled "The Mask You Live In," directed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom's wife, the audience is told one of the most destructive phrases a boy can hear growing up is "be a man."
In 2021, Rhode Island College began offering a course on "The Rhetoric of Toxic Masculinity."
"One need look no further than former President Donald Trump to find a vivid illustration of this concept as it manifests in the early years of the twenty-first century. The fact that Trump was able to get elected and that he maintains support, especially among white men is a sign of the health and endurance of toxic masculinity," the course's description stated. "In this class we’ll examine the rhetoric of toxic masculinity through film, literature, and cultural history as we work to imagine, enact, and expect better and saner versions of masculinity for and from boys and men."