New York Magazine Fawns Over the Manliness of Dallas' "Man's-Man Mayor," Mike Rawlings

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Rawlings, having a heart-to-heart with the men of America on domestic violence.
Mayor Mike Rawlings' recently launched crusade against domestic violence has been earning praise from local media since it was announced it a couple of months ago. Now, after traveling to the Big Apple to speak on the issue alongside Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Michael Bolton, he's gathering attention from elsewhere.

The latest plaudits come from New York magazine, which published an interview with Rawlings on its website this morning. In it, he retreads territory we in Dallas have become familiar with -- the shooting death of Karen Smith at a UT Southwestern parking garage; the need to change the "culture of violence" that perpetuates domestic abuse; the repeated appeals to machismo -- and explains how he came to care about the issue.

More interesting is the portrayal of Rawlings as the "Man's-Man Mayor," someone perpetually swimming bare-chested in a testosterone sea who, out of an old-fashioned sense of chivalry, has paused to help the fairer sex. A sampling:

You don't need a Y chromosome to know Mike Rawlings is a man's man. Before he became mayor of Dallas in 2011, he was the top executive at Pizza Hut and, before that, an athlete. He has a full of head of gray hair and a voice like Jeff Daniels. When he talks, he relies heavily on sports metaphors. None of this should make his anti-domestic-violence activism surprising, but it might make him the movement's most refreshing new spokesman.

For effect, Rawlings even drank orange juice, long considered the manliest drink in the Beveragesphere, when meeting with the magazine's reporter.

The mayor's efforts are to be praised, even if a campaign against domestic violence carries zero political risk. But one has to wonder: Why the borderline obsessive talk about his manliness? Is Bloomberg too effete for New Yorkers' tastes? Are they thirsty for a ban on something other than large sodas? Or are they simply astonished that someone from Texas is not doing something that's not overtly stupid?

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Rawlings stated that he had no interest in anything other than one term. He said," I am not a politician, I just want to do something good for a city that has been good to me." (something like that.)

That's exactly the politician I want in office. Good job Mike! 

He's a good guy, trying to do good for us. That is what a Mayor is supposed to be.

holmantx topcommenter

Men hit women because they don't hit back.

Women - hit back (or otherwise cause pain).

I believe this is recommended in sexual assault as an immediate action drill.  Rawlings is right but those men predisposed to hit won't listen.  Like other lower life forms, they need the immediate association of pain with the act.

Slap your wife in public and the reaction will be immediate.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Mike Rawlings is one of the good Texans.  Even though he was born in the state, he completed his education at Boston College, which may very well explain his moderate and refined personality.

TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Every time I see that guy I expect to hear, "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!" come out of his mouth.


You can be as sarcastic as you want regarding Rawlings, but I'll take him any day over the whinging, sanctimonious nanny of a mayor they have in NYC... If Bloomberg dipped a pinky-toe into the "testosterone sea" you mentioned, he would implode...

RTGolden1 topcommenter

If they were waiting for someone from TX to do something overtly stupid, all they have to do is read this article.

TheCredibleHulk topcommenter


He's a good guy - trying to launch a political career.

If the "Council behind the Council" desires that he run again, and he doesn't embarrass himself too badly during his first term, he'll run again. And he'll likely win.

To think that this town could have elected a true leader like David Kunkle, but instead chose a cheer-leader like Rawlings boggles the mind.


@iwearblack Mayor Bloomberg is a real mayor with people that report to him and can get jobs done. Our mayor is basically a meeting facilitator. Since our mayors never have any real work, especially since they have no interest in supervising the city manger, they adopt causes. Nothing wrong with this one. I just do not see the low lifes that beat up on women giving any care to what the mayor has to say. The only person that benefits will be the mayor. It is ok because it is better than trying to build a road in a river or a hotel that simply takes business from tax paying privately owned hotels.

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