Service of Masculine Stereotypes & How They Impact the Election

November 2nd, 2020

Categories: Bragging, Bravery, Character, Elections, Masculine, Mask, Music, Pandemic, Sports

I suspect whatever your sexual orientation, you have an idea of masculine characteristics that appeal. Athlete? Tennis, football, hockey, soccer, basketball or golf fan? Opera, jazz, rock, hip hop, rap or country music lover? TV watcher or reader?

What about bravery?

Are you masculine if you’re macho, reckless, wild, shoot-from-the-hip, a womanizer and loud or empathetic, cautious, friendly, a family man, nurturing and mild-mannered? The candidates for President represent these characteristics, both easy to satirize or exaggerate which each has done in speeches, via commercials and amplified via spokespeople. Comedians have also had their way with the contenders.

I don’t recall thinking about masculinity regarding candidates in previous elections but today tolerance,  appreciation or intolerance of the various traits of these competitors will impact many a choice at the ballot box. You’re a real man if you don’t wear a mask or if you stick your finger in the eye of the pandemic and you’re a scaredy-cat if you wear one and are Covid-cautious.

We’ll know the answer to the country’s choice tomorrow or soon thereafter.

Are masculine stereotypes bunk? Do you agree that the styles and interpretations of being a “real man” impact voter choices about the 2020 candidates or are the issues paramount?

6 Responses to “Service of Masculine Stereotypes & How They Impact the Election”

  1. Martha Takayama Said:

    I do think that notions of masculinity have changed in recent years, but perhaps more in terms of fashion and style than in a deeper way. Or perhaps the arbitrary categorization is no longer either so important or so clear. There is of course much more comprehension of and tolerance of diverse sexual orientation.

    However certainly neither masculinity nor lack of it is on my list of important criteria for choosing a candidate for political office. The same can be said for sexual orientation.

    Nothing could be more absurd or irrelevant than the demented vulgarity of Donald Trump, his misogyny, and murderous mockery of the most significant and accessible method of combating the PANDEMIC, the humble mask! Somehow in his intellectually challenged mind he has tried to convert attempts to preserve mankind from covid and possible extinction into a sign of lack of masculinity. Unfortunately there are some masochistic fools who imitate him.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I started this post recognizing that people with all sexual orientations have their own ideas of masculinity and not to call out one over the other. I have observed that a person’s masculinity is like a fingerprint–each one different.

    So many admire the dervish speed in which the president is whirling from rally to rally, encouraging crowds while ignoring the virus. The LA Times reported “A Stanford study of 18 Trump rallies held in the midst of the pandemic suggests they’ve led to more than 30,000 coronavirus infections” and 700 deaths. For a person who loves superlatives and instances of “I’m the only one,” we haven’t heard him boast about these horrific stats.

    A friend just returned from walking around SoHo and the Village in Manhattan. She reported that there were boarded up storefronts and we see the same down Fifth Avenue, including Saks. I hope that the anticipated violence is like a hurricane that turns out to sea: That it doesn’t happen.

    With violence I think about what a favorite great aunt said about bully parents or guardians who resort to violence–slapping or spanking–against children: they have lost the argument she said. The same thing goes for anyone who stirs the pot or encourages aggression and hostility. We are not at war against each other and anyone who thinks such hostile behavior is appropriate/masculine is misguided. We need a break: guidance from leadership in a peaceful, composed environment.

  3. Lucrezia Said:

    There was this Greek philosopher who argued that everything was an illusion. To prove his theory, he stood in the way of chariots before a race. Fortunately for him, his students pulled him away in the nick of time.

    The President mimics said worthy by pooh pooing reality and seeing himself as a he-man facing a non-existent threat, while denying that he’s outmatched and outclassed by miles. As much as I would like seeing him run over, common sense dictates a replacement. Do otherwise, and that “genius” will drag the country down with him.

    PS I forget who told the story, and multiple inquiries have failed to identify the philosopher.

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I Googled it and didn’t uncover the name of the Greek philosopher. In the president’s case, some of the very people he maligns–the doctors who saved his life–served the same purpose as those students, snatching him from being crushed by the virus.

    He claims that the covid numbers are inflated by doctors who also get more money for caring for covid patients. The fact that they endanger themselves and their families doesn’t occur to him. In fact, they do not get more for treating such patients.

    He seems to glow upon hearing of incidences of violent behavior–as in Texas when hoodlum drivers prevented a Biden bus from traveling to a rally. This doesn’t sound like America–or an America I fit.

  5. Amanda Ripanykhazova Said:

    I think that the bloke to whom you are referring is possibly Cardinal Berkeley? His ‘nothing exists except in my perception’ philosophy always sounded to me suspiciously like “The whole world, – and you, – are all the features of my dream”. I cannot believe that it went down as anything other than a lead balloon even in the seventeenth century. It did cause much hilarity when I was at school.

    Never had much of a problem myself with perceptions of manliness? Trump’s problems in this area are more to do with his being a pathetic weakling (and the absolute worst and most transparent negotiator on the face of the earth) than with any want of manliness. i suppose there is some element of want of manliness inherent in all those Baby Trump blimps which follow him around wherever he goes in Europe?

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I’m unfamiliar with Cardinal Berkeley. I Googled and found “George Berkeley 12 March 1685 – 14 January 1753) – known as Bishop Berkeley (Bishop of Cloyne) – was an Irish philosopher whose primary achievement was the advancement of a theory he called ‘immaterialism’ (later referred to as ‘subjective idealism’ by others).”

    As for DJT, the baby Trump balloons are excruciatingly apt given his childish behavior. If only we weren’t all subject to and prisoners/victims of the dangerous fallout. The alarming rise in Covid-19 cases and his “we’re around the bend,” in spite of what the doctors warn, scares me silly and yet 40 percent of the country believes him. If there weren’t some kind of drug or spell in the land, the only votes he should get based on Covid alone should be his immediate family.

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