In the November 1958 edition of Esquire, a column titled “The Crisis of Masculinity” by Arthur Schlesinger Jr. explains that “the ways by which American men affirm their masculinity are uncertain and obscure. There are multiplying signs, indeed, that something had gone badly wrong with the American Male’s concept of himself.”
Many were drawn to elect John F. Kennedy because of his rugged good looks and masculine lifestyle. Kennedy was a playboy who had a gorgeous wife. Those unable to find masculinity previously were naturally drawn to him. Over time and presidents, we have once more lost our masculinity, but it is much worse this time around. Modern men are told their masculinity is toxic and that manliness should be discouraged.
The cry for an American man was answered by Donald Trump. Trump provided the unapologetic manhood that American men have wanted since Nov. 22, 1963. Donald Trump has money, a model for a wife, and the ability to always speak his mind. The same type of masculinity-starved populist wave from 1960 reoccurred in 2016. Perhaps this time the mascot will survive longer than the populist.
Curtis Clute, Prosser