My research project focuses on the focus on the concept of masculinity in presidential campaigns. I believe that candidates have had to present themselves as more invulnerable and stronger since the Kennedy assassination, as that event was a time of serious vulnerability for the American people. I will mainly examine the impact of the assassination, while also touching on the role that television and Kennedy himself played in the change.
The most interesting and useful scholarly article I have found while designing my project is called “Presidential Wounds: the JFK Assassination and the White Male Body.” I found this article by accessing the Gender Studies database through the GW Library system. Although I found many articles that are useful to me in designing my project, this article, by Craig A. Warren, stands out. He focuses on the white male response to the assassination – anxiety, but also a strange guilty pleasure. As white men have traditionally held the most power, this article has allowed me to gain context as I examine post-assassination presidential politics.