Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce has said on live TV that if humans didn’t have masculinity, “we would be living in caves right now.”
Bruce told Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt on Thursday (January 10) that “the gay community especially should reject” the idea that masculinity can be toxic.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that an American Psychological Association (APA) report warned of the dangers of a type of “traditional masculinity ideology,” which it said involved homophobia.
Watch Tammy Bruce criticise the APA report:
The APA report said that when boys are influenced by this form of toxic masculinity, they may “direct a great deal of their energy into disruptive behaviours such as bullying, homosexual taunting, and sexual harassment.”
During the Fox News segment, reported on by Media Matters for America, Bruce condemned this report while conflating the kind of toxic masculinity it mentions with all masculinity.
“(The) modern world is the result of the male framework of wanting to move forward and create things”
— Tammy Bruce
The right-wing radio host, who achieved notoriety last year when she said gingerbread people were “obviously men,” condemned the report as “political theory.”
She called it “obscene,” adding that “it has nothing to do with science, and it’s also bigotry.”
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Bruce told viewers that the “modern world is the result of the male framework of wanting to move forward and create things,” before criticising the idea that your gender identity isn’t limited by stereotypes.
“This is the liberal, political ideology of arguing about gender fluidity,” she argued.
“In order to liberate men who don’t fit within, let’s say, a cultural norm, you don’t need to obliterate every other man in that process.”
Outburst from Tammy Bruce follows criticism of toxic masculinity
Bruce’s tirade came in the same week that Diplo shut down speculation about his sexuality with a viral tweet in which he said: “masculinity is a prison.”
Eichner responded to Kevin Hart stepping down as Oscars host in December by speaking out about toxic masculinity.
The actor and comedian tweeted: “I’ve been around in this business for a minute. As one of very few openly gay men in comedy who’s fortunate enough to work as much as I do, I will ALWAYS fight for my LGBTQ community to get the respect we deserve. ALWAYS.
“I’m no saint. We just wanted a little understanding, a little explanation,” he continued.
“Apologies are tough – they leave you vulnerable. Toxic masculinity is real. I deal with it in my own way too.”