President Trump appeals to men who are insecure about their manhood, in stark contrast to Trump’s uber-masculine persona, according to researchers at NYU.
Trump’s macho style, from his boasting about his penis size on television to his high testosterone levels contrasts with his male followers who experience “fragile masculinity,” wrote Eric Knowles and Sarah DiMuccio in The Washington Post
“But our research suggests that Trump is not necessarily attracting male supporters who are as confidently masculine as the president presents himself to be. Instead, Trump appears to appeal more to men who are secretly insecure about their manhood,” according to the researchers who say claim that their data suggests that “fragile masculinity is a critical feature of our current politics.”
The research team used Google Trends to examine the popularity of search terms such as “penis size,” “steroids,” “hair loss,” “erectile dysfunction,” “how to get girls,” “penis enlargement,” “testosterone” and “Viagra.”
“We found that support for Trump in the 2016 election was higher in areas that had more searches for topics such as ‘erectile dysfunction.’ Moreover, this relationship persisted after accounting for demographic attributes in media markets, such as education levels and racial composition, as well as searches for topics unrelated to fragile masculinity, such as ‘breast augmentation’ and “menopause,’” according to Knowles and DiMuccio.
“Fragile masculinity was not associated with support for Mitt Romney in 2012 or support for John McCain in 2008,” wrote the researchers, who added that the same finding emerged in the 2018 elections. in more than 390 House elections, support for the Republican candidate was higher in districts that had higher levels of fragile masculinity.
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