Desné Masie Columnist

How face masks got caught up in the transatlantic culture wars is baffling. The US and UK have the highest Covid-19 death rates in the world, yet people are still debating whether wearing “liberal” masks is a political statement or a public health necessity.

Mask wearing has become associated with weakness, femininity and left-wing politics, and non-mask wearing has become associated with strength, (toxic) masculinity and right-wing politics. Sadly, it has also become associated with racism against Asians, as mask-wearing is almost ubiquitous in countries such as China and Singapore.

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