The Wimp Factor

coverThe Wimp Factor : Gender Gaps, Holy Wars, and the Politics of Anxious Masculinity, by Stephen J. Ducat, from Beacon Press, ISBN 0807043443. In this landmark exploration of how male anxiety has come to define our political culture, psychologist Stephen Ducat shows the link between the desperate macho strutting of male politicians, the gender gap in voting behavior, and fundamentalist holy wars. Taking his examples from an overabundance of recent headlines, he argues that a direct association exists between the magnitude of a man's femiphobia - his terror of being perceived as feminine- and his tendency to embrace right-wing political opinions.