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Feminist Professor: ‘Trumpism’ Is About ‘Discourses of Masculinized Dominance’

Posted on | June 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

University of Oregon Professor C.J. Pascoe

You may think that elections are decided over issues of public policy, but that’s only because you’re a stupid Republican who doesn’t have a Ph.D. in sociology like Professor C.J. Pascoe:

The rise of Trumpism exemplifies a contest over masculinity, over who qualifies as a “real man.” . . . Both the Trumpist and anti-Trumpist movements exemplify similar discourses of masculinized dominance in which social actors claim masculinity through discourses and symbols of “compulsive heterosexuality” and divest others of it through the emasculating practices of a “fag discourse.” . . .
The election of President Trump is, in many ways, the story of American white, heterosexual masculinity, of a particularly noxious combination of racism, sexism and nationalism. Definitions of masculinity are culturally bound and “lives of particular groups of men are shaped by globally acting economic and political forces.” (Connell, 2011, p. 9). As global economic relations are reordered, so are masculinities (Salzinger, 2016). This means that the trend of western economic and social decline increasingly noted by scholars (Hoang, 2015; Carlson, 2015) has specific ramifications for white western men and definitions of masculinity. This decline is a particularly masculinized one, both in effects and response. . . .
Not surprisingly, given the association of American masculinity with workplace success, whiteness, heterosexuality and social and economic self-sufficiency, this decline has been particularly felt by working class white men who have responded with both rage and mourning . . .
Trump’s promise to “Make America Great Again” was in many ways a promise to “Make men ‘great again’ too, both fist-pounding, gun-toting guy-guys and high-flying entrepreneurs. To white, native born, heterosexual men he offered a solution to the dilemma they had long faced as the ‘left-behinds’ of the 1960s and 1970s celebration of other identities” (Hochschild 2016, p. 229). . . .
The story of Trumpism and movements against it is an example of the tenacity of inequality in gendered discourses. . . .

You can read the whole thing, if you’re into brain-numbing gender-theory explanations, complete with citations to such radical feminist sources as Andrea Dworkin, Adrienne Rich, Angela Davis, Catharine MacKinnon, Alison Jaggar, and Sheila Jeffreys. This is the anti-male/anti-heterosexual ideology I expose in my book Sex Trouble, and this ideology is now taught as gospel in university Women’s Studies programs everywhere.

The fact that the American education system is controlled by Democrats, employed at taxpayer expense to indoctrinate students with “progressive” ideology, is one of those public-policy issues that Professor Pascoe doesn’t consider as relevant to Trump’s election as her explanations about “definitions of masculinity” and “gendered discourses.” However, our universities are being funded by a massive bubble of student-loan debt — “$1.3 trillion in federal student debt owed by 42.4 million Americans,” and a recent study found that “millions of people had not made a payment on $137 billion in federal student loans for at least nine months in 2016, a 14 percent increase in defaults from a year earlier.”

What Professor Glenn Reynolds calls The Higher Education Bubble is a major public issue. When you see academic careerists like Professor Pascoe attacking “Trumpism,” you have to realize it’s because Trump represents a threat to their interests. Academia is failing, and the professors responsible for this failure want a student-loan bailout, to keep the federal subsidies rolling in to continue paying for their failures.


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