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Jared Yates Sexton
Hoosier, Author, Political Analyst, Assoc Prof of Cr Writing, Prev in . THE MAN THEY WANTED ME TO BE Available Now, Opinions my own.
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Jared Yates Sexton 9h
What I really enjoy here is that Trump threatened to incinerate every man, woman, and child in Iran and fourteen minutes later was like, Hey, I’m appearing on a third-rate Fox News show no one will watch.
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Jared Yates Sexton 11h
Imagine if more billionaires paid off student loans to help the economy instead of trying to colonize planets or, I don’t know, if education hadn’t been made an aggressive business or if billionaires had paid taxes to fund education in the first place.
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Jared Yates Sexton 15h
Trump’s pardoning war criminals. He’s paling around with dictators. He’s weaponizing the Justice Department to hurt his political rivals. It isn’t hard to see he’s a dangerous authoritarian. Listen to him. He’s not hiding anything.
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Dave Gilbert 18h
I finished reading your new book two days ago, . For the longest time I've suffered from an unidentifiable dissatisfaction that I could never get to the bottom of. The answer is that it's a lie. It's always been a lie. Thank you for helping me see that.
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Jared Yates Sexton May 18
Trump isn’t the disease, he’s a symptom. If we’re just going to act like he’s an aberration instead of the result of decades worth of political and social rot then we’re in big, big trouble.
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Jared Yates Sexton May 18
A review from a reader of THE MAN THEY WANTED ME TO BE: TOXIC MASCULINITY AND A CRISIS OF OUR OWN MAKING - “I recommend women buy this book and quietly place it upon the desk of any man or men in their life...”
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Jared Yates Sexton May 18
Democratic leadership have sent a clear signal. You can commit any number of blatant crimes, you can seek the help of a foreign adversary to undermine our elections, you can tirelessly obstruct justice and undermine the rule of law, and the most they’ll do is fret about it on TV.
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Jared Yates Sexton May 17
Replying to @JCLS_tweets
Hey! That’s a welcome sight!
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Jared Yates Sexton May 17
Replying to @RealStings
That’s exactly what my book is about. In so many words.
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Jared Yates Sexton May 17
Replying to @JYSexton
But that's the nature of our environment right now. This toxic masculinity has found purchase and power in Trump and they've been motivated and focused. It's a problem for everyone, particularly women and vulnerable populations, and their fragility is a danger to society. 10/10
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Jared Yates Sexton May 17
Replying to @JYSexton
And...pitiful. The whole thing is quite pitiful. For men to be unable to allow even a sliver of a different perspective to exist without attacking it is so sad and headshakingly pitiful. 9/
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Jared Yates Sexton May 17
Replying to @JYSexton
Unfortunately, it all resembles a lot of the abuse I took as a young boy with the men in my life, and it's the same root. They were insecure and fragile and any questioning at all led to this kind of violence. It's really sobering to see how everpresent it is. 8/
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Jared Yates Sexton May 17
Replying to @JYSexton
This isn't the first time my life has been threatened or that people are making threats. My reportage on the rise of Trumpism in 2016 carried the same danger, but in this case it's not about shutting me up, it's about protecting their fragile little identity. 7/
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Jared Yates Sexton May 17
Replying to @JYSexton
In this case, a book that simply questions masculinity and its roots and is enough to make them threaten my life or the life of those around me. It's such an overreaction and so hysterical, but that's what happens when your entire identity is predicated on a fragile lie 6/
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Jared Yates Sexton May 17
Replying to @JYSexton
Also in my research, what I found was that men resort to violence or threats of violence when they feel threatened. They're socialized to react to any sort of question or shame with anger and aggression. 5/
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Jared Yates Sexton May 17
Replying to @JYSexton
Even while they're insulting my masculinity, what they're doing is dropping all these signals that they're big, tough men, but they can't even handle the possibility of having a little self-examination. It's really...sad. 4/
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Jared Yates Sexton May 17
Replying to @JYSexton
In my research what I found was that bullies were always the most insecure, that they were overperforming and seeking out victims so that no one would ever question them or their masculinity. Now, it's the same thing. You can see just desperately the harassers are trying... 3/
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Jared Yates Sexton May 17
Replying to @JYSexton
What's really shocking is that these people are behaving like elementary or junior high bullies. The namecalling, the threats of violence, all of it. There's definitely a link between what those boys were going through and our current condition. It's all about insecurity. 2/
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Jared Yates Sexton May 17
I expected to get some blowback for writing about toxic masculinity and how it's led to Trump's fascism, but what I didn't expect was how angry it would make insecure men who would threaten my safety and harass me like past bullies and abusers. 1/
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Jared Yates Sexton May 17
Replying to @JYSexton
Also, stop giving him the benefit of the doubt. He’s saying it because he believes it. He’s saying it because he’s trying to make this happen. We’ve seen time and time again he means what he says. Look at this. This is authoritarianism.
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