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Tampa Bay Young Republicans celebrate ‘intoxicating’ masculinity

The invitation for the event was decorated with pictures of assault rifles, a handgun, a hand grenade and a whiskey-rocks glass.
An invitation for the Tampa Bay Young Republicans "Intoxicating Masculinity" event, held Oct. 26.
An invitation for the Tampa Bay Young Republicans "Intoxicating Masculinity" event, held Oct. 26. [ Tampa Bay Young Republicans ]
Published Oct. 29
Updated Oct. 29

Is it “toxic” masculinity?

No, say the Tampa Bay Young Republicans — it’s “Intoxicating Masculinity.”

That was the name of an event the organization had this week to celebrate masculinity, which in their words is under “a blatant attack and HATRED of masculinity” by “liberals (who think) men being manly as ‘toxic,’” according to the event invitation.

Young Republicans President Jake Hoffman of Tampa, who’s running for a state House seat, said about 200 people attended, about half of them women. The event featured drinks and cigars.

Jake Hoffman
Jake Hoffman

The invitation was decorated with pictures of assault rifles, a handgun, a hand grenade and a whiskey-rocks glass.

The main speaker was a former Navy Seal, Dan O’Shea, “a biological male (he/him for you libtards) who will MANSPLAIN what it means to be a real man,” the invitation said.

Attendees said he talked about how masculinity meant protecting others, how mental toughness and stoicism is a necessary survival asset, and how “wokeness” is breaking down society.

Three women also spoke. Taylor Strand of Clearwater, former president of the California Young Republicans, said she spoke about the importance of fathers and how “statistics show kids underperform in almost every aspect of life without fathers.”

Hoffman said the organization has a majority female executive board, and “regularly celebrates female achievement, and co-hosts pro-LGBTQ events” as well. He said the women in the group were supportive of the event.

“This event promotes the concept that men should strive to become strong, respected, and tenacious particularly when it comes to areas of life that require a sense of bravado such as sports or the military,” Hoffman said.

Contact William March at wemarch@gmail.com.