"I'm more of a man than any liberal." - Ann Coulter
By Coulter's conservative movement Cult of Masculinity (il)logic, one is "manly" by virtue of being a movement conservative. So fat geeks like Karl Rove or fat slobs like Rush Limbaugh are more "manly" than war veterans like John Kerry or Max Cleland.
Although George Lakoff is better known, the linguist Geoffrey Nunberg has given a more penetrating analysis of the way that the conservative movement attempts to (and has largely succeeded at) capturing our political discourse in order to claim a monopoly on such things as manliness or patriotism. Skimming the link above I noticed a commenter provided the link to the excellent hour long discussion featured below from Nunberg about his equally excellent Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show.
NPR interviewed Nunberg about his book (which hasn't gotten the attention that it should in my opinion - or perhaps I missed it while I was gone from blogging?) and provided an excerpt, here.
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