Mark Galeotti Mark Galeotti

Does Putin’s ‘toxic masculinity’ really matter?

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Apparently, if Vladimir Putin had been a woman, everything would be just tickety-boo.

Speaking to German TV, Boris Johnson has said that Putin is the ‘perfect example of toxic masculinity’ and that had he been a women – ‘which he obviously isn’t’, Boris felt the need to clarify – then ‘I really don’t think he would’ve embarked on a crazy, macho war of invasion and violence in the way that he has.

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