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Thu Mar 17, 2016, 02:04 PM

3 Ways to Tell if Your Distaste For Hillary Clinton is Sexist

With the presidential election now in full swing, the Ms. Blog is excited to bring you a series presented in conjunction with Presidential Gender Watch 2016, a project of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Center for American Women and Politics. They’ll be tracking, analyzing and illuminating gender dynamics during election season—so check back with us regularly!

Hillary Clinton is an emotional and political lightning rod. Of this there is absolutely no doubt. If you do a Google search for why people dislike Hillary Clinton, you get over a million entries with titles such as, ”Our Love/Hate Relationship with Hillary Clinton Will Never End,” “The Jarring Reasons People Don’t Want Hillary Clinton to Be President” and “Why Do Young People Have Such Visceral Dislike for Hillary?” Her own advocates are willing to stipulate that liking her is not even necessary to vote for her.

Clearly, there is more to this question of likability that needs to be interrogated. Likability is not gender neutral. Neither are most of the decisions we make, despite our desire to be prejudice-free. The 2016 presidential election is awash in explicit expressions of racism, sexism and xenophobia, leaving me wondering about the ways in which race and gender are implicitly shaping ordinary citizens’ views of the campaign.

Implicit messages are more insidious because they are consumed and deployed beyond the realm of consciousness. We need not think deeply to identify the racism in Donald Trump’s depiction of Mexican immigrants as rapists or the sexism of his asking if Megyn Kelly’s tough questions were due to her being on her period. Identifying subtler racist and sexist cues is more challenging, however, because no one is immune to these subtleties, engaged in personal and public anti-racist and anti-sexist work

http://msmagazine.com/blog/2016/03/17/3-ways-to-tell-if-your-distaste-for-hillary-clinton-is-sexist/

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Reply 3 Ways to Tell if Your Distaste For Hillary Clinton is Sexist (Original post)
ismnotwasm Mar 2016 OP
yallerdawg Mar 2016 #1
ismnotwasm Mar 2016 #2
brer cat Mar 2016 #4
ismnotwasm Mar 2016 #7
DeadLetterOffice Mar 2016 #3
DemonGoddess Mar 2016 #5
wryter2000 Mar 2016 #6
spooky3 Mar 2016 #8
wryter2000 Mar 2016 #9

Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Thu Mar 17, 2016, 02:18 PM

1. "If you’re holding things against Hillary Clinton for which you have forgiven other politicians...

particularly men, you might be an aversive sexist."

Both Sanders’ and Clinton’s actions demonstrated support for a bill that helped to incarcerate more African Americans than any other legislation in American history. Why is Sanders being given space to move beyond this position while Clinton is not?

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 17, 2016, 02:49 PM

2. See, I want to discuss sexism in politics

Without being told I'm "playing the gender card" or "the woman card" or worse, the whole "vagina voter" bullshit. As a feminist this has been one of my largest frustrations with the primaries.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 17, 2016, 03:27 PM

4. It frustrates me, too

and it applies to racism as well. btw I overheard two men discussing Hillary and one said he guessed he would have to vote for her if Trump was the alternative, but he was really worried that she would "have a hot flash and suddenly push the button setting off a nuclear bomb." smh and gobsmacked.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 17, 2016, 05:07 PM

7. It absolutely does

There are, or shouldn't be, any more free rides when it comes to racism.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Thu Mar 17, 2016, 03:34 PM

5. Very good article

points to many things which most won't admit to.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Thu Mar 17, 2016, 04:59 PM

6. And let's add

That women are guilty of this as well as men. Not as prone to behave this way, I'm sure, but some still do.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 17, 2016, 05:35 PM

8. because we are all part of the patriarchal system that causes this.

We are not isolated individuals. The system that sends and reinforces these messages sends them to women as well as to men.

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Response to spooky3 (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 17, 2016, 05:54 PM

9. Exactly eom

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