Gender and climate change: pictures that speak for themselves

You can see above a picture of US President Donald Trump, signing one of his first presidential decrees. This decree restores the “global gag rule“, which prohibits the funding of international NGOs supporting abortion and, indirectly, contraception.

Below is another picture. It was taken during the announcement of the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement in the White House gardens, by the same Donald Trump. The photo was taken on June 1, 2017, in front of a chosen and representative audience.


Donald Trump announces the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on June 1, 2017.
©Brendan Smialowski/AFP

These two pictures explicitly portray some main characteristics of a political hegemonic masculinity in the Trump administration:

  • The (almost) complete absence of women around Donald Trump or in the audience;
  • The average age of “blocks” consisting almost exclusively of white men, which can legitimately be situated beyond 55 years;
  • The dominant clothing consisting of suits declining “the 50 shades of gray” that are also visible on the heads when these are not already balding!

Read more (EN)     See the article in FR

Article from Serge Rabier,  Research Fellow at Centre Virchow-Villermé, in The Conversation France, August 15, 2017.

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