Thursday, November 3, 2016
Masculinity in the Time of Trump
I recently stumbled across this article, entitled “Masculinity in the Time of Trump.”
This article is an interesting analysis on Trump’s supporters, the average supporter being a blue-collar man who sees the privilege he is used to having being challenged. I think this puts up a good point. Men have grown comfortable with the spot they hold in society, and feel entitled to the privilege they have grown up with. Michael Kimmel sums this up well in the article: “I have one question for you guys, and it’s about the word ‘my.’ Where did you get the idea that it was your job? Why not call it the job?” That’s what entitlement sounds like.”
Another point made in the article was particularly chilling, that some men view Trump as a fantasy figure. They view Trump as someone who can get any woman he wants, get anything he wants with all the money he has, and who can get away with anything. The fact that some men aspire to be like this is particularly unsettling to me because of how misogynistic and entitled this fantasy is.
This article is definitely an interesting read and take on Trump's supporters and why they are supporting Trump.