Silver, Nate. Landon,Simone. Malone,Clare. Enten,Harry. Koerth-Baker, Maggie. Libresco, Leah. “Do You Have To Be Manly To Be President?” Politics Slack Chat. FiveThirtyEight. WordPress.com VIP. 12 Apr. 2016 at 3:36 pm. 20 Sept. 2016. web.
Lightly edited transcript available here. Suggest watching the video.
Claire Malone was the currator of this video presented on FiveThirtyEight, a WordPress site, in which they hoped to talk about the gender reality, sexuality, sexism, and more present in the 2016 Presidential Election. One of the first things they brought up was the situation presented by Trump at one of the earlier debates, he referenced his own penal size. He defended his size against other GOP potentials like Cruz- who was a bit more metaphorical about his penal defense. This was earlier on, even before the true electoral season, setting a sexual and gendered tone. Proving that many of the defenses used can be effective even if charged by masculinity, which kind of leave women at a disadvantage! What are women supposed to reply with if they , one, don’t have that organ, and two, vaginas are not respected by a very paternally organized society. I bet if Carly Fiorina had said, “well MY vagina can birth a damn child,” no one would care about that response, making is complete political suicide in any campaign.
Then the group moves on to applying these sexist conditions to the possibility of Clinton being the Democratic nominee. Even though she is established, accomplished, and a leader in the world surrounding her career, she is not greatly liked, she is ridiculed unfairly and she is not taken seriously as a candidate- most likely because she is a woman. Leah Libresco even goes ahead a points out how this is not only the reality of Clinton but of women globally by speaking about electoral experiments in India. She told us how some Indian villages were told they could only choose a woman leader. The result at first was that many still preferred men; however, as the study went on women’s political competency increased! Eventually, after electing a woman for the second time, people started to elect women even more so on their own. Leading the question: If Hillary were to be elected, would people be more likely to vote for her again? Would people be more likely, or willing, to vote for women in general- across all parties?
I think that the Hillary part of their discussion, and the questions posed about women candidates in general, are extremely important because we’ve seen Hillary’s approval ratings go up when she is actually given a chance and then they drop when she is out of position and put against a man!