Trump’s frenetic female supporters use the same technique for the same reason.
In praising predatory men and attacking outspoken liberal women they reinforce their devotion to the dominant group – the group they subconsciously fear because it controls their fate: Republican men.
It’s like a koan within a koan: how can countering one’s own best interests keep one safe?
Before we untie that knot let’s look at who Trump’s supporters are.
Two words: Christian right.
According to the Pew Research Center 81 per cent of ‘white – born again/evangelical Christians’ and 60 per cent of ‘white Catholic’ voters selected Trump.
Two more words: economic anxiety.
Their party line: ‘Immigrants are stealing our jobs.
African Americans are stealing our welfare’.
The white male Christian – financial and cultural top dog since 1776 can feel his crown slipping.
And here comes Trump in all his racist – misogynistic – egotistical glory – repping an America where the Christian white man remains king.
There’s a lot in Trumplandia for white Christian male voters.
But where do the women come in?
They come in through the barn door because according to the Bible women are work horses and breeders – created for two purposes: serving men and praising God.
A woman should ‘be busy at home … and … be subject to their husband so that no one will malign the word of God’ (Titus 2:4-5).
This makes sense – because ‘the husband is the head of the wife’ (Ephesians 5:23).
While the woman ‘rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household … her husband is known in the gates – when he sits among the elders of the land” (Proverbs 31:15-23).
And of course Trump can ‘grab them by the pussy’ because that’s what God created women for: to submit to men.
In the words of the Baptist ’19 kids and counting’ Duggar family’s matriarch – women should be ‘joyfully available’ for sex at all times.
Eighty-plus per cent of women have been assaulted?
They shouldn’t have resisted!
They violated God’s plan.