The Misogyny of the Clinton Family Tree
by erika_yeager on October 3, 2016 - 4:26pm
Ever since the beginning of time, gender biases have existed and gone head to head with equality. There is no denying that the intensity of these biases have definitely weakened and allowed women more opportunity, rights, and choices. No one could have ever imagined a woman being the Democratic nominee for the President of the United States just ten years ago.
Contrary to popular belief, just because Hillary Clinton is the presidential nominee does not mean that Americans as a whole support her or the women’s movement. More specifically, an article from The Atlantic contains information from numerous case studies that show how deep this concept and conflict of gender runs. Men always have and probably always will feel threatened by a powerful and intelligent woman for one simple reason—history. Historically, women have always been under a harsh microscope and held to more societal standards than men. These studies throughout this article revolved around men’s unhappiness with a female boss, the likelihood of a husband to cheat if his wife is more successful than him, and the frequency of sexual harassment on women whom push the boundaries of gender roles (Beinart, 2016, p. 2).
These are all quite relevant studies that maintain a great deal of value to understanding the relationship between men and women. Society is accustomed to men being in positions of power or control. Male figures continue to rule the world although women are becoming increasingly more prevalent, especially in politics. However, women will always be criticized to a higher degree than men if change does not occur. Women are carefully watched, and now, Hillary Clinton is under the largest microscope in the world. As the article stated, Hillary being elected would only make the portrayal of women even weaker than it currently is (the same thing that happened with Obama and the portrayal of race) (Beinart, 2016, p. 3).
No matter what political party resonates with an individual, Hillary running for president will shift the view on women for years to come. Politically speaking, I think Hillary Clinton is the worst presidential candidate to step foot on the campaign trail. Regardless of the view of gender, I think she is a horrible person that would make an even worse president. Just because she is a woman does not mean people should vote for her to become president just to be a part of history. America has waited 200 years for a female president, and I think we can wait 4 or 8 more years for a woman qualified for the position.
BEINART, P. (2016). Fear of a Female President. Atlantic, 318(3), 15-17.