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Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood
by Jackson Katz
Its no secret that there is a wide and growing gender gap in American presidential politics. Over the past thirty years, Democrats have made major gains with women, while Republicans have been doing far better with men especially white working class men. The question is why? In Leading Men, Jackson Katz offers stunning evidence that American presidential campaigns have ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 28th 2012 by Interlink Books
(first published September 30th 2012)
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Good book, under-examined topic. As a European, I'm sometimes taken aback at how little the macho culture of American politics is really talked about. We all make fun of, for example, the Italians for their machismo; but the question of American manhood, and how that manhood is enforced and exploited by presidential races, has (at least from what I can learn after a few Google searches and reading this book) barely been written about at any great length. It's a rewarding avenue to have explored.
In Leading Men, Jackson Katz offers stunning evidence that American presidential campaigns have evolved into nothing less than quadrennial referenda on competing versions of American manhood. And in the process, he never takes his eye off what this development means for womenas both candidates and citizens.
I loved this! Super interesting look at gender in politics. It's not just about the under-representation of women, but also about how male politicians are feminised by their opponents and how this has been more widely utilized by republicans than democrats.
JacksonKatz is one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. An educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist, he is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. He has lectured on hundreds of college and high school campuses and has conducted hundreds of professional trainings, seminars, and ...moreMore about Jackson Katz...