In light of Donald Trump’s comments on size, Thomas Fiffer explores the long and short of presidential politics.
At a recent Republican candidates’ debate, the subject of size—specifically penis size—arose in a comment by Donald Trump in response to the not-so-subtle insinuation by Marco Rubio that the Donald was deficient in the dick department.
And, he referred to my hands — ‘if they’re small, something else must be small.’ I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.
Trump’s answer is an example of toxic masculinity writ large (pun intended)—the way one’s manhood hangs on how one responds to an insult, particularly one pointed at one’s literal “manhood.”
But a 21st-century man doesn’t have to defend his manhood—or his honor—by projecting penile power. And a 21st-century presidential candidate doesn’t either. Instead of dropping his trousers to assure voters that “there’s no problem,” a modern male presidential candidate should raise the bar for civil, productive debate. Here is how that’s done.
Look. That may be worth a cheap laugh, but we’re not here to talk about that. This is supposed to be a serious policy debate about which one of us is best qualified to lead the nation. Is there anyone here in the room who really believes that what he just said is any way relevant to that, to governing this country? Because if you do believe that, I honestly hope you don’t vote. And if you do vote, and your candidate wins, you deserve what you get.
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