04 November 2016

"I want every man out there to kind of look inside yourself." Obama Suggests Sexism Is Stopping Men From Supporting Clinton 2NOV16

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JUST like so much of the opposition to Pres Obama's administration has been rooted in latent racism, and blatant racism by gop / tea-bagger politicians and supporters, so too much of the opposition to Hillary Clinton has been latent sexism. Men, especially white men, have run things in this country for 240 years, though sexism, keeping women in their place has been widespread in all ethnic and religious communities. Yes, we have women in the US Congress, in positions of leadership in the House and Senate, but they are in the minority, not enough being elected proportional to their numbers in the electorate (a whole other issue is why is that ladies???). The drumpf/trump-pence campaign will turn the clock back for women, will remind American women of their "traditional" place in American society and to be satisfied with the decisions men make for them. A drumpf/trump-pence administration will stop progress on raising the minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, will impose drastic cuts in social safety net programs, and will weaken if not eliminate anti-discrimination laws and regulations in the workplace. There is nothing in the drumpf/trump-pence campaign platform benefiting women, families, the poor, working class and middle  class. Latent sexism must not be the reason Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are  not elected. Men need to Man Up and vote for Clinton-Kaine for the good of the entire nation. This from +Mother Jones and +MSNBC .....

Obama Suggests Sexism Is Stopping Men From Supporting Clinton

"I want every man out there to kind of look inside yourself."

NOV. 2, 2016 10:32 AM
Published on Nov 1, 2016
On Tuesday evening, President Obama spoke directly to men who may be uncomfortable about choosing a woman for president.
President Barack Obama posed a tough question to the men attending his speech in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday night: Is sexism stopping you from supporting Hillary Clinton for president?
It's clear from his comments that the president believes that a suspicion of ambitious women is hampering Clinton. "You know, there's a reason why we haven't had a woman president before, and I think sometimes we're kind of trying to get over the hump," Obama said. "I want every man out there who's voting to kind of look inside yourself and ask yourself: If you're having problems with this stuff, how much of it is, you know, that we're not just used to it?"
Obama continued, "When a guy's ambitious and out in the public arena and working hard, well that's okay. But when a woman suddenly does it, suddenly you're all like, 'Well, why's she doing that?' I'm just being honest. I want you to think about it because she is so much better qualified than the other guy. She has conducted herself so much better in public life than the other guy. This notion that somehow it's hard to choose, it shouldn't be."
Clinton and her campaign have shied away from suggesting that people are voting against her because she's a woman. But Obama appears to be making the case for her. In an interview on comedian Samantha Bee's show Full Frontal earlier this week, he suggested that people would try to discredit Clinton, if she becomes president, with sexist tropes about women: "She's tired. She's moody. She's being emotional."
"When men are ambitious, it's just taken for granted," he told Bee. "'Well, of course they should be ambitious.' When women are ambitious: 'Why?' That theme, I think, will continue throughout her presidency, and it's contributed to this notion that somehow she is hiding something."
Pema Levy is a reporter at Mother Jones. Reach her at plevy [at] motherjones [dot] com.