Q & A with Jackson Katz on the Capitol Riot & White Male Rage


“It’s one of the great paradoxes of authoritarian ‘strong men’ movements that the men who bow down to their heroic leader with blind obedience are cast as somehow strong while those who have the guts to take on the bully are cast as weak.”
— Jackson Katz


As the Congressional inquiry into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot continues to play out in stunning detail, we urge you to revisit this fascinating interview we conducted with author and political analyst Jackson Katz for Ms. Magazine about the deep strain of white male rage, resentment, and fear that propelled the insurrection and continues to animate far-right violent extremism.

Katz is the creator and co-writer of our new documentary film The Man Card: White Male Identity Politics from Nixon to Trump, which is now available via streaming and on DVDClick here to see if your university subscribes to the Kanopy streaming platform.

What Educators and Activists are Saying About “The Man Card”


Jean Kilbourne

“A vitally important and timely new film.”

— Jean Kilbourne | Senior Scholar, Wellesley Centers for Women

“Methodically shows that Trump’s strategy to connect masculinity to presidential politics is nothing new. This is a must-see documentary for anyone interested in American politics and contemporary democratic struggles.”

— Dr. Farida Jalalzai | Professor of Political Science, Associate Dean of Global Initiatives and Engagement, Virginia Tech University

Dr. Farida Jalalzai
Dr. Lori Cox Han

“Essential viewing for not only every gender and politics course, but for any and all students of American politics….Raises important questions about the inherent and not-so-subtle masculinity of the American presidency and what that means for women seeking the office.”

— Dr. Lori Cox Han, PhD | Author of Women, Power, and Politics

“Fast-paced and compelling … Sure to generate a lively discussion about politics and masculinity in gender studies and American government courses.”

— Dr. Valerie Sperling | Co-author of Trumping Politics as Usual: Masculinity, Misogyny, and the 2016 Elections

Valerie Sperling
Michael A. Messner

“Shows how Presidential politics in the U.S. has been driven not just by dog-whistle messages against people of color and women, but also by overt endorsements of narrow, destructive and unhealthy conceptions of white men’s masculinity.”

— Dr. Michael A. Messner | University of Southern California | Author of Guys Like Me: Five Wars, Five Veterans for Peace

“A vitally important documentary to more completely understand the gendered and racialized ideologies shaping political polarization in the U.S.”

— Dr. Tristan Bridges | Associate Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara and co-editor of Men and Masculinities journal

Tristan Bridges