Trumpism and Hypermasculinity
Dan Bilzerian is a very rich man because his father was a rich man. In today’s social media world, he turned himself into a C-list celebrity by posting pictures of himself on the Internet doing manly and party-hard things like playing high-stakes poker, driving fancy and expensive cars, being seen with beautiful women, and shooting complex phallic devices (aka guns).
He is naturally a Trump supporter because Trump is going to stop the age of “pussified political correctness.”
This is something I have noticed about a lot of men who support Trump and for that matter about guys attracted to right-wing populism in general: They are obsessed with their masculinity, thinking that it is under a constant assault. I am not the only person to notice this trait in Trump’s fanbase. Way back in August, Jacob Weisberg theorized that Trump appealed because of his alleged alpha-masculinity, because he “is the only 69-year old White Guy in America that gets to live like a rap star.” There is no oppressive and boring Dwell magazine minimalism with Trump, no tedious nights of theater and opera. Just a lot of booze, pretty women, and fast cars. On my Facebook feed, the men who are most likely to be politically apathetic and/or Trump supporters are also the most likely to post stuff about how guys who can’t change tires are just girls in disguise.
Men are often the most narrow and vigilant enforcers of what it means to be male and masculine. I remember being told that real men know how to do things like change tires, be shade-tree mechanics, hunt, fish, and act like cavemen from the year 7000 BCE. The 1960s or 1970s seems to have brought on an endless crisis in masculinity among many men. They are upset that women have entered the work place and that this means they must behave in a different way. They are upset that it is next to impossible to support a family on one income, especially through unskilled or semi-skilled work. Personally I am not even sure what pussification means, or why it is a problem.
What is it about many men that they have problems adjusting their definitions of masculinity or dealing with anyone who acts differently and is a guy?