Trumpism, Manhood and Feeling Powerful vs Being Powerful

U.S. Capitol Building

As we look to the inauguration of the 46th US president, who will preside over our constitutional democratic republic, my mind travels back to January 6 when thousands of angry Trump supporters attempted to violently overthrow a free and fair election.

The rioters surely felt powerful as they stormed the U.S. Capitol, climbed its stairs and walls, bashed its windows with pro-Trump flag poles, trashed Statuary Hall and Congressional offices, and sat at the Senate Dias and in the Speaker’s seat.

But in the end they weren’t so powerful after all, their acts sparking an enormous backlash.

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I have a Ph.D. from UCLA in sociology (emphasis: gender, social psych). I currently teach sociology and women's studies at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. I have also lectured at San Jose State. And I have blogged for Feminispire, Ms. Magazine, The Good Men Project and Daily Kos. Also been picked up by The Alternet.

Posted on January 14, 2021, in men and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Those same people that stormed the capital are the ones that go on about Blue Lives Matter. They told us to respect the law and respect officers now they are doing far worse. It was those same people that were so against the Black Lives Matter movement. Saying they would not stand with violence, when the police were the ones that were ready to shoot innocent people. They don’t care about the law or people’s safety. They care about white supremacy and staying in power. They found someone in office who is vocal about being racist and against immigration. Now they refuse to let him go and will do anything he asks, even storm the capital. We could never be equal, someone always has to be more powerful in their mind. Whether it’s race or gender. I’ve had more racist encounters these past few years than I ever have in my entire life.

    • “ Those same people that stormed the capital are the ones that go on about Blue Lives Matter.”

      Yeah, and they act like defiling the capital is better than defiling a liquor store.

      If they ever got Trump as king they would lose even more power. The people wouldn’t have any power. And Trump would only do what is good for him, because he always only does what is good for him.

  2. Trumpkins pretend to be alpha but were born beta and will always be beta. In the wild they would be bear food. No woman wants their genes in her child. Some of them have partners because of beta patriarchy but they are horrible relationships where the woman feels nothing.

    • I don’t see things quite the same as you but I wrote something to Ronnie that I think applies: “there’s an interesting mix between insecurity and wanting to feel strong and powerful that leads people to putting down others (due to their insecurity) in order to raise themselves up.”

      In 1950s America when non-college educated men could support a family through factory work they felt more secure in their manhood. But now as jobs are being lost to automation mostly, but also globalization, men are having more difficulty finding jobs that will support a family which creates a great deal of insecurity. There are positive, productive ways of dealing with that, and there are destructive ways the backfire. Unfortunately, too many men choose the latter and make everyone miserable.

    • “Trumpkins pretend to be alpha but were born beta and will always be beta. In the wild they would be bear food. No woman wants their genes in her child.”

      Nice rhetoric to tone down the divide there.

      Meanwhile, people are predicting that left wing liberalism will be wiped out, as those folks are not reproducing, for all the reasons you can probably figure out without me telling you. Meanwhile those traditional Trump folks out in heartland America are having big American families. Give it a generation or two, there might be only conservatives left. Statistics say, women only want “Trumpkin genes” in their bodies.

      • Fred, for once we agree: “Nice rhetoric to tone down the divide there.” That’s good advice for everyone, isn’t it?

        And you are right that liberals tend to have fewer children, often because they’re more likely to use birth control. But interestingly where there is an ideological shift people tend to move from conservative to liberal. Look at the young generation they are liberal at a rate of about 75 to 25%, which is much more liberal than their parents.

  3. This is a quotation from an article in the Byline Times (THE STORMING OF THE CAPITAL: PART TWO) that I found interesting. Particularly with its reference to feminism, although it is no surprise.

    “Donald Trump… became the anti-political hero of racist, sexist, gun-toting, ‘winner-takes-all’ individualism, scared only by international solidarity and, above all, feminism.”

    • Yeah, and there’s an interesting mix between insecurity and wanting to feel strong and powerful that leads people to putting down others (due to their insecurity) in order to raise themselves up.

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