The Masculinity of the Governator: Muscle and Compassion in American Politics

  title={The Masculinity of the Governator: Muscle and Compassion in American Politics},
  author={Michael A. Messner},
  journal={Gender \& Society},
  pages={461 - 480}
  • M. Messner
  • Published 1 August 2007
  • Art
  • Gender & Society
Arnold Schwarzenegger's celebrity status allowed him to project a symbolic masculine persona that was effective in gaining political power as California governor. The well-known violent tough-guy persona that Schwarzenegger developed in the mid-1980s contributed to a post—Vietnam era cultural remasculinization of the American man. But this narrow hyper-masculinity was often caricatured in popular culture and delegitimized. In the 1990s and 2000s, Schwarzenegger forged a credible masculine… 
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