Gender Dynamics in the 2016 Election Cycle By: Samuel Tuero

Donald Trump demonstrated stereotypical male traits in order to assert his dominance over Hillary Clinton and his political opponents

Donald Trump throughout the campaign cycle used social media as a launching pad to attack and humiliate his political opponents but specifically women

During the campaign Donald Trump reinforced all the stereotypes on the right. If it wasn't his boasting on sexual assault, it was his crude comments regarding women in the military along with a plethora of other examples.
The first two debates the nation saw Trump interrupt Clinton on more than one occasion so he could demonstrate his male authority. Donald Trumps strategy of heavily reinforcing these gender norms of men had a huge effect on his supporters and base.
Donald Trump also continuously never takes responsibility for his actions and words. As the video shows above he excuses his comments as "locker room talk" and then moves swiftly to bring it back to Hillary Clinton.
Though at first it didn't seem like Donald Trump and his team weren't following any sort of campaign strategy. That idea gets put to rest when you look at his tweets dating back to 2013. There was a concerted effort to reinforce gender norms and male dominance.

The blatant body language to assert his dominance is prevalent in the debates.

The deliberate pointing and redirecting of questions about his past sexual assaults back to attacking Clinton and her past.

The most famous display of 'power' over Clinton was Trumps decision to follow her around the stage and stand behind her as she talked.

SNL in their 'Cold Open' emphasized his actions.

These revelations about reinforcing gendered male norms in order to incite anxiety among rural male Americans was a strategy the nation hadn't seen in awhile.

According to recent data this strategy of reinforcing gender norms gave men a sense of comfort that Trump would restore male dominance.

Trump supporters were more likely to think that society punishes men more often in recent data.
Most people wouldn't agree if you said to them that we have made huge strides in gender progress in the country since Donald Trump was elected president. But I would argue that not only is the country ready for a woman leader but that we're ready to make that next leap. Hillary Clinton won 3 million more votes than Donald Trump in the popular vote which means more people were ready for the first woman president. But there is still work to be done in getting the right people out to vote in the electoral process so we do not fall into the pit we are in now.

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