It’s time we address a rather apparent aspect of this year’s tense election. Sexism.
Once it became clear that Donald Trump would win the presidency on Tuesday night, the Left went into “this proves women are hated!” mode. They had already slipped in to this during the campaign, when dislike of Hillary or her behavior was categorized as attacking women. Never should women be held accountable, you see. News publications made sure to preach just that.
Emailgate is a bitch hunt, but the target is not Hillary Clinton. It’s us.
The only reason the whole email flap has legs is because the candidate is female. Can you imagine this happening to a man? Clinton is guilty of SWF (Speaking While Female), and emailgate is just a reminder to us all that she has no business doing what she’s doing and must be punished, for the sake of all decent women everywhere. There is so much of that going around.
There was not a general atmosphere of sexism this election cycle which claimed Hillary was unfit for the job due to biological sex. That would have been absurd. The vast majority of people opposing her did so because of ideological differences, her pro-abort stance, and her reckless, criminal behavior. What did exist was of another variety entirely, and said because she is a female she deserves the job and should get your vote.
That is sexism, pure and simple.
Much like racism and other “isms”, we are told sexism can come from only one angle. This is usually described as behavior, whether word or deed, which treats women negatively for their biological sex. However, sexism is also believing a woman should be given certain positions or advancements just because she’s a female. That is just as repulsive.
Of course, for pro-abort, feminist harpies like Amanda Marcotte, there is absolutely no other reason that Hillary Clinton isn’t the president-elect today besides those super evil woman-haters out there. The day after the election, she wrote this at Salon:
When I first arrived at the Clinton watch party at the Javits Center in Manhattan on Tuesday night, the place was packed with those women and the men who support them. The air smelled like vindication. It took a century to get the vote and another century to get a woman within a stone’s throw of the presidency. But on that night, people clearly felt, the country was ready to agree that women really are equal and deserve to be treated like leaders and thinkers instead of as a quiet servant class.
Clinton’s main problem — the reason she couldn’t coast into office on Obama’s high approval ratings — is sexism. But she has been the target of sexist stereotyping for more than two decades now, which has piled up so much baggage around her that it’s impossible for many people to see the real woman under all the wicked-witch stereotypes. Maybe another woman, one less well known to the public, would have been easier to like.
To be clear, I would have been a suffragette that marched for a woman’s right to vote. It is a blessing to live in a country where I can speak my mind at the ballot box and in public with no fear. I cherish those freedoms. But concluding that sexism is the reason we haven’t had a woman president yet is a weak, unintelligent attempt to provoke fear.
Women are not barred from holding public office. The media wrings their hands at the fact that women make up about 20% of Congress, but that has nothing to do with sexism and everything to do with disinterest in serving. If women would like to see more women in Congress, well then, more women need to run for office. It’s really not that difficult of a concept.
Hillary Clinton has been the recipient of positive sexism for most of her life. She has ridden on the coattails of those like her husband in order to achieve political success. Her accomplishments are minimal and the damage she has inflicted is extensive. As she stepped out on the national stage as the Democratic presidential candidate, we knew a wave of sexism allegations would be leveled at her detractors. We were not wrong.
The first female presidential nominee was supported by many who determined they would rather “make history” by voting for her based on biology more than anything. That is nothing but sexism masquerading as progress.
Modern-day feminism says women must be given the opportunity AND the outcome. Equality says here’s the opportunity, the outcome is up to you.