Donald Trump’s Masculinity: It’s Not What You Think

But while Trump attracts our attention with his displays of classic alpha male behaviour, he combines this with behaviour that has long been associated with femininity. Students of gender know that the ways we understand what it means to be ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’ change according to time, place and circumstance. Nevertheless, one of the most consistent links that we make between gender and behaviour in the West is the way that masculinity is equated with rationality, logic and cool calculation while femininity is associated with emotion, irrationality and impulse. By this measure, Donald Trump’s behaviour is frequently distinctly feminine. And this feminine behaviour is what Trump’s supporters love most about him.

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