Wednesday, September 14, 2016

"Children of the 60s--but of Its Opposite Ends"

"Much of what seems strange and reactionary about Trump is tied to what was normal to a certain kind of Sinatra and Mad Men-era man--the casual sexism, the odd mix of sleaziness and formality, even the insult-comic style.
"But while that male culture was 'conservative' in its exploitative attitudes toward women, it was itself in rebellion against bourgeois norms and Middle-American Christianity. And if Hillary is a (partial, given her complicated marriage) avatar of Gloria Steinem-era feminism, her opponent is an heir of the male revolutionary in whose club Steinem once went undercover: Hugh Hefner."

Ross Douthat in The Dallas Morning News frames the presidential race as a battle of "sexual revolutions."

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