Thanks to a New York University study, it was discovered that President Donald Trump appeals to men who have fragile masculinity.
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Not surprising to many, the study that was published this past Thursday in the Washington Post also revealed that in 2018 — Republican candidates facing a Democrat were able to garner more support in areas of the country with higher levels of fragile masculinity.
Eric Knowles, NYU Psychology professor, along with doctoral student, Sarah DiMuccio, share that male Trump supports are much more insecure with their own masculinity than one would assume.
They also credit Trump’s “authoritarian, cartoonishly-machismo rhetoric” for making these men feel more powerful than they actually are.
Using Google Trends, researches sampled 300 men to discover that Trump attracts male supports that reaffirm their manliness.
“The political process provides a way that fragile men can reaffirm their masculinity,” Knowles and DiMuccio share. “By supporting tough politicians and policies, men can reassure others (and themselves) of their own manliness.”
The pair also found that counties that voted in a ‘huge’ way for Trump, had a strong correlation with the following Google searches, like: “how to get girls,” “penis size,” “erectile dysfunction,” “penis enlargement,” “Viagra,” “hair loss,” and well as “testosterone.”
And they say God doesn’t have a sense of humor.
But the pair share that the more interesting finding (if at all possible) is the link between fragile masculinity and voting in 2008 and 2012.
Researches discovered “that the correlation of fragile masculinity and voting in presidential elections was distinctively stronger in 2016” than when both John McCain and Mitt Romney were Republican presidential candidates.
The exact correlation was the same in over 390 House races that consisted of a Republican facing a Democrat for those years, suggesting “that fragile masculinity has now become a stronger predictor of voting behavior.”
The duo does say how “the research reported here is correlational,” which means they cannot say men who harbor their definition of “fragile masculinity” voted for Trump on account of that fragility.
However, they do “think the correlations we’ve identified are important” due to the huge “connection between masculinity concerns and political beliefs.”
“He referred to my hands,” Trump said in a 2016 presidential debate, quoting Marco Rubio, ”if they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.”)
“Trump’s re-engineering of the GOP as a party inextricably tied to many Americans’ identity concerns — whether based on race, religion or gender — will ensure that fragile masculinity remains a force in politics,” Knowles and DiMuccio shared.
So what have we learned folks?
Maybe first, conduct all Google searches in incognito mode for starters? Then after that, we can tackle fragile male masculinity.
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