Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hillary Clinton and the men who hate her

Posted By on Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 11:35 AM

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I may have plugged this before but Talking Points Memo promoted it again today on Twitter and it's a good, long read for a slow day between parades and football games. It's by Laura Kipnis and is excerpted from her book "MEN: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation,"  published by Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt.

A flavor from the beginning:

Here’s what happened the last time Hillary Clinton ran for president: she drove men wild. Well, certain men. Especially certain men on the right. You could recognize them by the flecks of foam in the corners of their mouths when the subject of her candidacy arose. And they’re already girding themselves for the next time around, because there’s something about Hillary that just gets them all worked up.

But what exactly? Despise her they do, yet they’re also strangely drawn to her, in some inexplicably intimate way. She occupies their attention. They spend a lot of time thinking about her—enumerating her character flaws, dissecting her motives, analyzing her physical shortcomings with a penetrating, clinical eye: those thick ankles and dumpy hips, the ever-changing hairdos. You’d think they were talking about their first wives. There’s the same over-invested quality, an edge of spite, some ancient wound not yet repaired. And how they love conjecturing upon her sexuality! Or lack of, heh heh. Is she frigid, is she gay? Heh heh. Yes, they have many theories about her, complete with detailed forensic analyses of her marriage, probably more detailed than their thoughts about their own.

My point is that you can tell a lot about a man by what he thinks about Hillary, maybe even everything. She’s not just another presidential candidate, she’s a sophisticated diagnostic instrument for calibrating male anxiety, which is running high. Understandably, given that the whole male-female, who-runs-the-world question is pretty much up for grabs.

There's some funny stuff as Kipnis analyzes the work of some of Clinton's critics, particularly Emmett Tyrell Jr.

Recommended. Kipnis boils down the crowd she's talking about: "...guys with a lot of psychological baggage, emotional intensity, and messy inner lives."

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