Summary: In this clip, we see John Edwards respond to accusations that he criticized Hillary Clinton for getting emotional during the 2008 Presidential Primary (view a clip of Clinton). What's interesting is when the interviewer asks Edwards whether he's ever "teared up" on the campaign trail. Edwards staunchly claims to never have cried on the campaign trail, despite acknowledging the grueling, tough nature of the work. In making this claim, Edwards not only reinforces an ideal of hegemonic masculinity (i.e., the stoic man), but also uses this appeal to hegemonic masculinity as an indication of his ability to "handle" the tough world of politics, thereby distancing himself from anything feminine and making an implicit claim about the incompatibility of femininity (i.e., women and specifically Clinton) and politics.
Submitted By: Valerie Chepp