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The Man Card: White Male Identity Politics from Nixon to Trump (2020) ($5)

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For years, right-wing politicians and pundits have repeatedly criticized the left for playing “the race card” and “the woman card.” This new film turns the tables and takes dead aim at the right’s own longstanding – but rarely discussed – deployment of white-male identity politics in American presidential elections. Ranging from Richard Nixon’s tough-talking, law-and-order campaign in 1968 to Donald Trump’s hyper-macho revival of the same fear-based appeals in 2020, "The Man Card" shows how the right has mobilized dominant ideas about manhood and enacted a deliberate strategy to frame Democrats and liberals as soft, brand the Republican Party as the party of “real men,” and position conservatives as defenders of white male power and authority in the face of transformative demographic change and ongoing struggles for racial, gender, and sexual equality. 

Provider: Media Education Foundation & Eat the Moon Films
Creator: Jackson Katz Directors: Peter Hutchison & Lucas Sabean
Producers: Peter Hutchison & Lucas Sabean
Writers: Jackson Katz & Jeremy Earp
Executive Producers: Jeremy Earp & Sut Jhally

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