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Masculinity, Femininity, and American Political Behavior

Monika L McDermott


This book presents a first-of-its-kind analysis of the effects of individuals’ gendered personality traits—masculinity and femininity—on their political attitudes and behavior. Politics in the United States is influenced by gendered trait factors, such as the widely acknowledged compassionate, feminine nature of the Democratic Party and the tough, masculine nature of the Republican Party (GOP). The theory and empirical analyses presented here demonstrate that these gendered political connections drive the individual citizen as well. The book’s investigation uses data from the only national sur ... More

Keywords: gender, political behavior, attitudes, personality, voting, masculinity, femininity, sex roles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190462802
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190462802.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Monika L McDermott, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Fordham University