Hillary’s Uphill Battle against Sexism

If you’ve been following the presidential race at all (or even if you haven’t), I’m sure you’re aware that the top Democratic candidates are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.  Now, I just want to clarify that I am 100% feeling the “Bern”, but the media has been attacking Hillary Clinton in some outrageous, sexist ways that are unacceptable.  There have been several different instances where unwarranted comments have been made, but when I saw this post, it really sparked my interest on the topic.  I was shocked by the comments people were making about her debates, speeches, and even the idea of her running in the first place.  I think one of the main ideas that states the major difference between a man and a woman running for president is how the same actions or attitudes for each gender are interpreted differently.  For example, when Hillary tries to be serious and assertive, people call her a “stereotypical bitch” and say that she “screeches” when she talks.  However, if a male presidential candidate where to act the same way (serious and assertive), the same people would perceive him as a leader and a confident candidate with a plan.  The thing about this whole issue that makes the most angry, and frankly the most confused, is that while Hillary is trying to run a serious candidacy with factual based arguments, Donald Trump is out there saying things like “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” and “NBC News just called it ‘The Great Freeze’ — coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?” (Chen and McRady).  It’s perplexing to me that people can praise him for the racist, ignorant comments that he makes, but then turn around and attack Clinton for trying to be a legitimate candidate.  I think this outlines just one of the many, many ways in which gender differences impact our daily lives, including the way in which our government is run.

References:

Chen, Joyce, and Rachel McRady. “Read Donald Trump’s Craziest, Most Offensive Quotes.” Us Weekly. Us Weekly, 9 Dec. 2015. Web. 17 Feb. 2016.

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