Seems like a good debate topic given recent remarks from the White House. Who's the manliest man to ever hold the most important job in the world?
I think it's probably Teddy Roosevelt. He was an avid bear hunter, outdoor enthusiast and once finished giving a speech right after being shot
Hogan has other ideas. He seems to think the soft hands makeup wearing chump wi ...[text shortened]... https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/jan/11/trump-most-masculine-president-ever-campaign-spoke/
Many men here seem obsessed, perhaps on account of Western pop cultural
stereotypes of chess players as 'nerds', with images of masculinity.
So let's discuss toxic masculinity.
US President Grover Cleveland reportedly raped and impregnated a woman--and got away with it.
"Grover Cleveland's Sex Scandal: The Most Despicable in American Political History"
"Journalist Charles Lachman reveals the sordid details of rape, an unwanted child, and the coverup."
" I've spent three years investigating Grover Cleveland for my new book, A Secret Life,
tracing the ways in which Cleveland and his keys aides lied about a sex scandal to
save his presidential campaign from the career-ending allegations."
"Cleveland's sex scandal was well buried, but I found the long-forgotten affidavit from
Maria Halpin, about the violent sexual assault that resulted in the birth of Cleveland's illegitimate child.
On the evening of Dec. 15, 1873, Halpin, an attractive 38-year-old sales clerk working
at a department store in Buffalo, New York, was on her way to a friend's birthday
party when she ran into Cleveland strolling down Swan Street. Cleveland was a chunky
37-year-old bachelor whose six-foot frame projected a figure of might and vitality.
He had been courting Halpin for several months and they exchanged greetings.
Cleveland invited her to dinner at the Ocean Dining Hall & Oyster House.
He was pretty "persistent" about it, Halpin would later recall.
Their meal together was a pleasant one. Cleveland escorted Halpin back to her room
at a downtown boarding house. What happened next, according to Halpin's affidavit,
would in another era be classified as date rape. Cleveland sexually assaulted her
"[b]y use of force and violence and without my consent," Halpin reported, adding
that when she threatened to notify the authorities, Cleveland "told me he was
determined to ruin me if it cost him $10,000, if he was hanged by the neck for it.
I then and there told him that I never wanted to see him again [and] commanded
him to leave my room, which he did."
Six weeks later, Maria became aware that she was pregnant."
"What happened to Maria Halpin next was a cruel injustice straight out of a Charles Dickens novel.
Cleveland arranged to have the child forcibly removed from his mother and placed
in the Buffalo Orphan Asylum. Maria Halpin was thrown into the Providence Lunatic Asylum,
although the facility's medical director quickly released her after an evaluation,
concluding (correctly) that she was not insane and that her incarceration was the
result of an abuse of power by political elites."
"Once he was named to the national ticket, it didn't take long for the media to
expose the existence of his illegitimate son. What followed next was a malicious
smear campaign: Cleveland's people got the word out that Halpin was a sexual
plaything who drank to excess and was intimate with at least three (and possibly four)
married men, all of them cronies of Cleveland. Cleveland, it was said, took responsibility
for the child's conception because he was the only bachelor among Maria Halpin's gentlemen callers.
Cleveland saw the matter through in the most "courageous way," the PR spin went,
explaining that his indifference to the boy was due to "doubts about his fatherhood."
Utter nonsense. My research has established that this time-honored version of the
Cleveland scandal is fundamentally dishonest—almost entirely a fairy tale.
Maria Halpin was no harlot. She was a widow with two young children, a church-going
woman held in high esteem by all who knew her. From everything I could discover
about her life, she was what in the 19th century would be termed a chaste woman.
Maria Halpin died in 1902 at age 66, with $200 to her name, forever linked to scandal and shame."
If masculinity is defined as a man doing something that a woman cannot do, then
Grover Cleveland certainly was masculine.