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Trumping Politics as Usual: Masculinity, Misogyny, and the 2016 Elections

Robert G. Boatright and Valerie Sperling

Abstract

Who is tougher? In many elections, candidates frame their appeals in gendered ways—they compete, for instance, over who is more “masculine.” This is the case for male and female candidates alike. In the 2016 presidential election, however, the stark choice between the first major-party female candidate and a man who exhibited a persistent pattern of misogyny made the use of gender—ideas about femininity and masculinity—more prominent than ever before. This book explores the Trump and Clinton campaigns’ use of gender as a political weapon, and how the presidential race changed the ways in which ... More

Keywords: presidential election, congressional election, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, misogyny, masculinity, political rhetoric, gender and politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190065829
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190065829.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert G. Boatright, author
Professor of Political Science, Clark University

Valerie Sperling, author
Professor of Political Science, Clark University