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Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood Paperback – October 30, 2012

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Katz s Leading Men is a good treatment of the perceived gender-based differences among presidential candidates in recent history. He argues that despite the fact that no woman has yet made it to the general election, there have been gender-based differences among candidates. In fact, he asserts, as have others, that the one truly viable female candidate, Hillary Clinton, was often seen as more appealing by middle-class white males. While Katz does not mention John Orman s 1987 Comparing Presidential Behavior: Carter, Reagan, and the Macho Presidential Style, he does make a point that furthers arguments made by many others that character matters, but adds the dimension of masculinity versus emasculation as a component of character. Dukakis s and Kerry s inability to defend themselves from attacks on their masculinity furthered their emasculation, but Clinton s aw shucks personality and tough middle-class upbringing made him appear more masculine. Using a sample of case studies, Katz makes a strong case in a style that is accessible and enjoyable.

Summing Up: Recommended. --Choice July 2013

About the Author

Jackson Katz is a pioneer in the fields of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. He is the creator of the award-winning educational video Tough Guise and author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help. He blogs for The Huffington Post and lectures widely in the U.S. and around the world on violence, media and masculinities.

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  • Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
  • Paperback : 280 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1566569036
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1566569033
  • Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 1 x 9.25 inches
  • Publisher : Interlink Pub Group (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: : English
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