Girlie-men need not apply
- Article by: David Banks
- September 11, 2008 - 4:56 PM
Do you have to be a manly man to win an election in America?
American likes manly men. They populate action movies; they make great sports heroes; and they are prominent on the best seller lists. They get things done, and they aren't troubled by doubts or nuances. If you've read those novels about Jack Reacher, Bob Lee Swagger, or Mitch Rapp, you know what manly is all about.
Steenbarger goes on to note that "you don't have to be a man to be manly." He cites Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meir (expanding the subject, obviously, beyond America). In this framework, does Sarah Palin's experience matter? "Of course not. But she hunts and she eats moose. Manly."
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