December 11, 2017 On Campus
2017-12-11 17:00 2017-12-11 18:30 America/New_York Brace Student Fellow | “No Pale Pastels: Masculinity as a Political Tool in American Presidential Campaigns” School Room, Abbot Hall Andover

Brace Student Fellow | “No Pale Pastels: Masculinity as a Political Tool in American Presidential Campaigns”

5:00 p.m.,  School Room, Abbot Hall

The public’s perception of presidential candidates is extremely relevant to the success of their campaigns. Masculinity—the set of traits, behaviors, and characteristics traditionally attributed to men—has historically contributed to this perception. If candidates seem masculine, they will be viewed more favorably by the voting public as figures of power. Since increasing the public perception of their masculinity can help candidates get elected, the goal of any candidate is to promote their own persona as masculine and to emasculate their opponents.

In his presentation, Brace Student Fellow Daniel Ulanovsky ’18 analyzes excerpts from speeches and recordings from U.S. presidential campaigns since Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980. He uses his findings to break down and categorize the ways in which presidential candidates emphasize their own masculinity. Ulanovsky’s research, which was done under the guidance of his faculty advisor Laila Ballout, probes important questions related to gender expression in modern presidential politics, such as: Is one party more inclined to use masculinity as a political tool? Did the 2016 election stand out from the rest in terms of masculine performance? Has usage of masculinity increased over time?

All members of the PA community are invited to join us in the School Room of Abbot Hall for Ulanovsky’s presentation. Abbot and Andover alumni/ae, parents, and friends are also cordially invited—please to register to attend. Dinner will be served.

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