“Look at those hands, are they small hands?” the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination said, raising them for viewers to see. “And, he referred to my hands — ‘if they’re small, something else must be small.’ I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.”
In a sense, this is just another fluff story about Donald Trump and the ridiculous things that come out of his mouth. However, from the perspective of feminist IR, its actually very illuminating. In bragging about his hmm… appendage, Trump is demonstrating the gendered ideas underlying contemporary politics. In particular, power is still equated with sexual potency and conflict is often driven by male insecurities about their sexuality. By that measure, Trumps use of the term “schlonged” to describe Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the 2008 primaries is hardly surprising.
Somewhere Carol Cohn is saying I told you so. see:
Carol Cohn, Sex and Death in the Rational World of Defense Intellectuals Signs
Vol. 12, No. 4, Within and Without: Women, Gender, and Theory (Summer, 1987), pp. 687-718
IR theory aside, that comb-over has to be compensating for something….