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The aspiration to sovereign masculinity expresses itself most
exuberantly in hyperbolic displays of power. Why are we still talking about
Trump coming down the escalator and calling Mexicans rapists and murderers? Why
are we still repeating his claim that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue
and not lose support? Why do we keep reminding one another that he bragged
about grabbing women by the “pussy,” proclaiming “when you’re a star they
let you do it”?
There may be a few Trump supporters who
believe cognitively, literally, that Mexicans are rapists and murderers and
that the appropriate way to interact with women is to grab them between the
legs, but these statements aren’t doing their work at the level of belief.
Whether we wince or cheer, we remain spellbound by these statements because they
are displays of omnipotence.