We live in an age of bad gender experts, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has contributed to the confusion. Speaking to German media between the G7 and NATO summits late last month, he offered the following wisdom: “If Putin was a woman, which he obviously isn’t, but if he was, I really don’t think he would have embarked on a mad, macho war of invasion and violence like he did. If you want a perfect example of toxic masculinity, that’s what he does in Ukraine.
One hopes this was the reflexive, hypocritical complacency of a career politician, because if Mr Johnson and his G-7 colleagues actually believe this nonsense, the West is in even more trouble than there is. appears.