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The Right's Myth Of The Masculine Privilege Still Trumps Equality ... For Now:

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Speaking on NBC's Meet The Press about Kelly and other critics, Trump said he fights back when criticized: "When I was attacked viciously by those women, of course, it's very hard for them to attack me on looks, because I'm so good looking."



He's fat, wears a much-ridiculed comb-over, has incredibly bad taste in decor, has had three trophy wives, is ostentatious to a fault, and looks down his nose (literally and figuratively) when surveying his opponents. Everyone is a "loser" and no one matches up to him in anything.

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And he thinks he's privileged.

In both money and the masculine sense. Yes, Donald Trump carries on the misogyny of old with pride. He says he has "respect" of women in a way that puts them on a pedestal but certainly not on equal footing.

Prior to feminism, men were happy to maintain and perpetuate the misguided belief and delusion that women were the weaker, helpless, fearful and irrational sex. The reality, it turned out, was the opposite. By every measure of well-being; longevity, health, addictions, openness to change, tendency to suicidal behavior, and the ability to maintain supportive, loving relationships, women proved to be the stronger gender... As women evolved, men remained stuck, fearful of any change that might diminish or threaten their rigid masculine image.

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- from The Hazards of Being Male, Surviving the Myth of the Masculine Privilege

by Herb Goldberg, PhD.

Now along comes Megyn Kelly to question that masculine privilege by pointing out some of the disrespect he has shown for women. She dared to question the supremacy of The Donald in all things in the first GOP debate last Thursday. She asked admittedly tough questions, confronting the epitome of the American male and The Donald responded afterwards in a way that every red-blooded American male would appreciate: he attacked her womanhood physically, like some good ole boy in a men's club restroom.

The Shame Of The Right And The GOP

Everyone pounced on Trump as if they themselves were absolutely sinless of such misogynistic ideas. What many candidates and right-wing pundits were hiding behind their rants was the truth that what Trump was saying - crude as it was - was what their politics had been saying for years: politics is still a man's game and women should stay out of it.

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Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. - Pat Robertson

The War On Women is real. It has been real for thousands of years. And while the GOP has tried to bridge the gender gap (albeit but only slightly), Trump showed them that old ideologies die hard. He brought out the misogyny they were trying to forget and the Christian Right has been trying to keep alive - with little success: divorce rates among Fundamentalists and Southern Baptists are as high as they ever were, well above the national average.

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