I saw a stat on an American news network that Donald Trump would need to win 7 out of every 10 male white voters to win the presidency. They compared this with other Presidents and noted how very difficult a task that would be seeing as no other President had ever done that before.
But I think something may have changed in the broken battlefield of the war between the sexes and a backlash against women could propel Trump into the White House.
The new found power of social media has given women a voice and power never before heard. This has opened up a whole new angry world where toxic masculinity is challenged and exhibited in equal measure online. The result is a backlash against women that borders on the obscenely psychotic. I’m pretty sure the only reason so many people hate the new Ghostbusters movie trailer is because it’s an all female cast and so fragile is toxic masculinity, it can’t cope with the imagined exclusion. The gamergate madness, the multiple examples of weird and offensive behaviour against women online, the constant rape threats – they are all symptoms of male ego that recoils in shock and fury at being challenged.
When you are so used to privilege, equality feels like discrimination.
But I think it goes deeper. Recently, Richie Hardcore, a chap most people consider incredibly enlightened and a strong advocate for men to treat women with respect, was ripped to pieces in an online feeding frenzy by NZ feminists who considered his retweet of a comment about Kim Kardashian was evidence that he was the worst human being alive.
Now Richie, being a drug and alcohol counsellor and a none violent mental health advocate was left reeling from the social media pile on and the experience left him emotionally bruised and hurt and wanting to not ever be voice for tolerance again. If that’s the impact on someone with the EQ Hardcore has, how does this new social media battlefield impact those Nascar voters that Trump appeals to? How does it impact young men who feel confronted and angered by the claims they are all mansplaining rapists? How does it secretly grind against male privilege and toxic masculinity when those issues are already so ingrained and damaged?
Trump wins those white male voters who feel left out. Trump knows what it is to have his peer group look down on him, sometimes disdain and contempt by peers are more powerful than outright dislike and he has captured that momentum with such force it’s terrified the entire Republican establishment to do everything in their power to stop him.
If Trump faces off against Hillary for the Presidency, the issue that seals it for him could have little to do with a fence along Mexico or intolerance of Muslims, it could well be a pent up misogyny the likes of which we have never seen before.