Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Yes, It Was Misogyny

I have a post up Shakesville today. A snippet:
"Perhaps you can relate, but I found Election 2016 to be deeply painful, especially to me as a woman, in ways I've not seen widely acknowledged by those with some of the largest media platforms. It is true that Hillary Clinton won almost 3 million more votes than Donald Trump, but it shouldn't have even been close. If objective measures - competence, experience, temperament, and qualifications relative to his - mattered more than other measures, she should have won in a landslide.

The truth I find in this situation has been difficult to think about. Harder to write about.

But, Donald Trump's electoral college win has reinforced, to me, that women, as a class, are widely hated in the US. This is not to say that misogyny is the only explanation for her loss, but that it is, in fact, one of many explanations. Women are hated. Even by many women. Even by many liberals and progressives. And, more to the point, it's like many feminists have been saying for decades:

Women in the United States exist in a state of subordination to men and rape culture is an enforcer of this subordination."
 Head on over to Shakesville to read the whole thing!

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