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We've Been Thinking About Hillary Clinton All Wrong

By Vivian Kane | Politics | April 28, 2016 | Comments ()

By Vivian Kane | Politics | April 28, 2016 |


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I’m going to preface this by saying that this site doesn’t “endorse” any candidate in the upcoming elections. We’ve written about Clinton, of course, and we’ve made no secret of our shared loathing of Trump and Cruz, but there’s no hive mind or even a general consensus.

So while I’m not trying to sway you to throw your vote one way or the other, there is something I want to bring up. Now, I don’t care who you’re voting for. If you’re eligible to vote, I hope you’ll go vote (civic duty and all that), but I’m not telling you who I think you should vote for. I DO think it’s time, though, that we acknowledge one thing: We’ve been thinking about Hillary Clinton wrong. There’s no beating around the bush with this one, either, so let’s just admit that the way we (and not the “you” we, because you’re all great, smart, even-minded people, but the general “world” we) think about her is totally, unequivocally sexist. That’s not saying that if you’re not voting for her, you’re sexist (AGAIN, NOT SAYING THAT), but there are ways that we view women that are just different from how we view men. I think HRC summed up the idea perfectly with this gem:

And it goes way beyond just yelling. Ever since— I don’t know, Kennedy? Always? When did this become a thing?— we have this weird idea that our president can’t just be a competent leader, but also has to be someone we can hang out with. And that cool factor manifests differently in women, especially in the kind of powerful, brilliant woman that runs for this level of office. So while we love Bernie for being such a crazy-haired grandpa, we still have this perception of Hillary as a cold, uptight den mother we have to hide our beers from. And THAT’S what needs to be addressed. Because if that’s still how you think of this woman, the only explanation is that you’re not paying attention.

Because first of all, if Bernie is your crazy grandpa, than Hillary absolutely gets to be our brassy aunt. Just check out this delightfully acerbic laugh:

Don’t even get me started on her endearing TV cameos.

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One of my favorite moments of her whole campaign was just a couple of weeks ago, when someone tried to get the calorie count of her sundae, and she shut that shit down so fast.

It’s absolutely bonkers that Clinton is still seen by so many as cold and unlikeable, because even if you don’t agree with her politics, that perception doesn’t seem to be grounded in any kind of reality. A fact which is now being driven home by one of the coolest, most genuinely hilarious campaign marketing ideas I’ve ever seen. When Trump said Clinton was playing “the woman card,” she handled it perfectly. But now she’s gone above and beyond by releasing AN ACTUAL WOMAN CARD. I don’t think I’ve ever donated money to a political campaign before, but you’d better believe she got my $10 for this:

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That’s right, you can now actually carry and play your Woman Card as much as you’d like. That’s some Beyonce-level hater deflection.

This idea that Clinton is frigid or phony continues to persist, but let’s just call bullshit where we see it. Oh, and if you’re still obsessed with the idea of having a beer with Clinton… well, that’s probably not going to happen. But this is a pretty nice step in that direction:

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