Trump’s angry white men

Michael Kimmel looks at the plight of those who have lost out in America’s gender war

The World Today
Published 15 December 2017 Updated 18 November 2020 5 minute READ

Michael Kimmel

Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University in New York. He is the author of ‘Manhood in America’, ‘Guyland’ and ‘Angry White Men’

‘Is this a white country, or what?’ asks Andy, one of the middle-aged white men I am interviewing immediately after August’s demonstration of White Supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. He seems as bewildered as he is enraged, his voice snarling, and yet with a plaintive upward lilt at the end.

It is this enraged bewilderment that propelled Donald Trump into the Oval Office, a sense that something had changed, something fundamental, something foundational, in American society. Andy might just as well have asked: ‘Is this a man’s country?’

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