Thursday, March 17, 2016

The feminine Donald Trump

Steve Sailer recently commented on a story about an analysis of how feminine or masculine the various presidential candidates sound based on their speeches and debate performances.

Strictly from verbiage, Trump is deemed the second-most feminine after Hillary Clinton. When non-verbal communication is added into the mix, he is deemed the most feminine. Cruz, in contrast, is assessed to be the most masculine.

The following table shows what percentages of Trump's and Cruz's voters were men in each of the five states that voted on Tuesday (the residual percentage coming from female voters):
The most feminine candidate of all

% support from menFLILMONCOH

The feminine Trump gets a majority of his votes in every state from men. The masculine Cruz gets a majority of his votes in every state from women.

Useful analysis!


SociallyExtinct said...

He's just un-stoic. The grand masculine tradition throughout recent civilization, as propounded in the media, is silence and equanimity as masculine traits. Donald Trump is the antithesis to this behavior. It doesn't make him less masculine but it makes him more bitchy.

Like or not, bitchy is the new ruling paradigm now.

spagetiMeatball said...

It's not a big difference though...?

Anonymous said...

A lot of the difference is how Trump uses "we" where Cruz will use "I". Consensus language (feminine) vs. ego-driven (masculine).

Simple example that you've heard a zillion times if you've been following the campaign:

Trump: "We're gonna repeal and replace Obamacare"
Cruz: "I will repeal every word of Obamacare"

There's a lot of things of that nature. But the Theme of their speeches, with Trump it US who is fighting the establishment, he is the messenger. With Cruz, he is the only man in the world who can fight the establishment. You send him to do it, but you're not included in the credit.

Audacious Epigone said...


Where does charisma fit into this? I'm partial to the Heartiste explanation--Trump applies just about the entire toolkit in the PUA/Game cache and he's done so from the get-go because as a both a leader of men and a seducer of women it comes naturally to him.

In response to this particular post, Heartiste wrote:

"That text analysis showed Trump was also the most masculine sounding. He's captured both the female and male verbal spaces."


It's about as wide as the Sanders-Clinton sex split, except that one flows in the 'expected' directon--Sanders is 'masculine' and does better with men, Hillary is feminine and does better with women.

The take home message is that this is a fun curiosity but there appears to be no correlation between communicative gender style and actual appeal by sex.


The article notes that Trump uses the pronoun "I" more than anyone else, but that could simply be an artifact of him having to constantly defend himself from attacks on his personal conduct/behavior/etc.

Jokah Macpherson said...

Interesting point, anon. I've been in a tough spot at work lately where I have to get a client to cave on an argument. Unfortunately, "I'm right, you're wrong, because of reasons x, y, and z," is not effective at winning people over to your side. With Donald Trump in the news, even though I'm terrible at persuasion, I had been trying to figure out how to use sales tactics like those ascribed to him to get the client to agree with me.

After four fruitless, argumentative meetings, I wound up framing my latest pitch in terms of how I think "we" may have a solution to "our" problem that works "for everyone" (even though really I solved their problem and the solution is correct whether anyone likes it or not). Results still pending. It sounds kind of amateurish when I do this, but you're right that Trump has made people feel more like part of a movement using this kind of speech.