Debating Gender: What if Donald Trump was a Woman?

⇑ SEE: An actress portrays Donald Trump and a man plays Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential debates, in a play organized by NYU professors to discuss gender in politics. Any questions, class?

My take:

The NYU students and faculty who put this performance together expected the audience to find Trump’s behavior more reprehensible and unacceptable from a woman.

They did not anticipate how different the audience reaction would be to a man playing Clinton.

Apparently, he was too feminine, too faggy. Clinton does a good enough job of acting masculine that we find her acceptable. But this guy?

Apparently, Americans are so afraid of femininity in any form, they reject real toughness and real intelligence that’s feminine in favor of fake displays of toughness and feigned intelligence from a weak and dumb man.

I think back to watching a substantive interview with Obama on YouTube, only to look at the comments and see this: “Look at the way Obama crosses his legs. What a fag.”

I think of Idiocracy, where all the men ask the hero why he “talks faggy” (he simply sounds vaguely intelligent).

I think of America’s bloated military budget, and all the bases we have around the world where men scream “faggot” as a motivator.

I think of Justin Trudeau, a boxer and a hockey player (real tough, not fake tough), a compassionate human being who is a real man—and too faggy for America.

This gender-reversal of the debate shows us that Clinton lost not simply due to sexism aimed at her and at women.

Clinton also lost because Americans are so homophobic and fearful of the feminine, we would rather overcompensate with a completely fraudulent masculinity.

This is what ails us. Apparently, as long as we maintain an appearance manliness (in the White House, in our schools, in our homes) it’s okay if we’re actually weaker and dumber. This is why we can’t have nice things.

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