Why has the U.S. never had a woman president? With Hillary Clinton engaged in a historic campaign that could see her becoming the first woman elected president of the United States, the national conversation about gender and the presidency is gaining critical momentum. Commentators have fixated on the special challenges women candidates for the presidency face: endless medWhy has the U.S. never had a woman president? With Hillary Clinton engaged in a historic campaign that could see her becoming the first woman elected president of the United States, the national conversation about gender and the presidency is gaining critical momentum. Commentators have fixated on the special challenges women candidates for the presidency face: endless media scrutiny abGender has always been a crucial factor in presidential politics. In Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity, Jackson Katz puts forth the original and highly provocative thesis that in recent decades presidential campaigns have become the center stage of an ongoing national debate about manhood, a kind of quadrennial referendum on what type of manor one day, womanembodies not only our ideological beliefs, but our very identity as a nation. Whether he is examining right-wing talk radios relentless attacks on the masculinity of Democratic candidates, how fears of appearing weak and vulnerable end up shaping candidates actual policy positions, how the ISIS attacks on Paris and elsewhere have pushed candidates to assume an increasingly hypermasculine posture, or the groundbreaking quality of Hillary Clintons runs for the presidency in 2008 and 2016, Katz offers a new way to understand the role of identity politics in presidential campaigns. In the end, Man Enough? offers nothing less than a paradigm-shifting way to understand the very nature of the American presidency....
|Title||:||Man Enough?: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity|
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Man Enough?: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity Reviews
Two things about me: 1) I love politics, pop culture, and the politics of pop culture and 2) I was a sociology and ethnic studies double major in my undergraduate studies. It has been a few years since I have read a book like "Man Enough" and boy, was I craving it.This book comes at a perfect time with the 2016 presidential election in full swing. Jackson Katz, whom I've always been a fan of, does a great job of looking at US presidential elections and how masculinity, or perceived masculinity effects the outcome. DEFINITELY RECOMMEND. I have already started to more deeply analyze the media surrounding the election.
As a sociology and politics graduate this book was exactly the sort of thing that interests me and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I have watched looked on with alternate horror and disbelief at the popularity of Donald Trump and have wondered, like many others around the world, what potential voters see in him. This book provides a possible answer to that question and has provided me with a different way of examining American politics. Read more of this review at http://www.bookerworm.com/reviews/28-...
This book can be summed up by a quote from a Tennessee senator - the US doesn't want a mommy, it wants a daddy. The author looks at how the right wing in society value tough, fighting talk rather than nuanced discussion of options and consequences. How right wing talk show hosts don't just denigrate strong women but turn their ire on these women's husbands by suggesting they must somehow be weaker than normal men. A depressing read but a valuable one.
The premise of this book is that the presidential election is also a selection between competing types of masculinity, an idea which is very interesting in itself. However, I found the book itself to be poorly written; the author, while clearly an intelligent guy and passionate about his topic, relied heavily on large block quotes from other authors, which made the book jumpy and hard to follow. Although the title promises a focus on Trump and Clinton, which I think would provide a remarkable case study for the "politics of presidential masculinity," this was not really the case-- the majority of the book focused on previous presidential elections. It was interesting to read about these past elections, but a lot of the time I felt that the analysis devoted too much time to less relevant pieces of masculinity, like journalists using sports analogies to describe campaigns or candidates pretending to be cowboys. I'm sure these are important pieces of ideas of masculinity, but in my view there are pieces that have more of an impact on broader society and our ideas of masculinity/femininity. To summarize, this book is okay, but needs to be improved upon and developed further.
Interesting thesis, but I don't feel it had enough depth. Full review on Medium.