Of course disenfranchised white men -- like 99% of all Americans -- have a lot to be angry about in 2013, but rather than confront the powerful (straight) white men who've outsourced their jobs and scammed their mortgages, they blame the relative rise of women, people of color, and gay men. One example of how bad it is: "The number of suicides in America’s Midwest was higher in the 1990s than during the Great Depression; suicide was the leading cause of agricultural fatalities for two decades—by far. Men were five times more likely to kill themselves than die by accident." Terrible, but how was losing the farm to the bank the fault of Don't Ask Don't Tell or the spread of civil partnerships? Michael Kimmel tries, with hard data and much lumpy generalizing, to explain the illogic in his book Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era [Kindle]. The short answer is a mania to "take back what is rightfully ours," which most visibly has led to the Tea Party and, under the radar, a 400% increase in white supremacy groups since Obama was elected. Kimmel notes the inherent contradictions:
"They're the most obviously racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-immigrant, and often anti-Semitic guys I discuss in the book. Yet they are also 'true believers' in the system - fiercely patriotic (although they hate the government) and passionately pro-capitalist (though they don't much like big corporations)."