…but, I wonder if this perception itself — the association of ‘cold and calculating’ with good authority and leadership, is not, in part, reinforcing hegemonic masculinities. What I mean to say is, it’s no accident that the same qualities we associate with ‘traditional’ manhood are also considered the qualities of a good leader.
In fact, I argue, government policy is FULL of emotion. Look at the issue of gun control, for example. Is it a logical issue? Certainly- there are logical, reasoned (though often poorly reasoned) arguments both for and against it. Yet, it’s further a deeply emotional issue: gun ownership is about more than who can and cannot possess weapons, it’s an identity struggle between different social groups that have very different experiences with guns.