As expected, liberals are not content with the results of the 2016 election. Annoyance at the outcome has turned to blame, and fingers are being pointed in several directions, though the Democratic candidate herself has been left off the hook.
Popular excuses for Hillary’s loss include Russian hacking, fake news (the kind your second cousin shares on Facebook), and, of course, sexism.
You’d expect the accusation of sexism to be mostly directed at men. In this election and with these candidates, however, it was and continues to be heavily directed at women who voted for Trump. Inconceivable to those on the left side of the political aisle are women who don’t automatically support the female candidates on the ballot come Election Day.
I supported neither Trump nor Hillary, and not an ounce of my reasoning had to do with the gender of either candidate. I rejected Hillary for the same reasons I rejected Trump: she doesn’t represent me or my beliefs and would have been a dangerous, disastrous leader. It had nothing to do with an unwillingness to vote for a female because I’m somehow not ready to break that “sexy” glass ceiling.
This common sense seems incomprehensible to Clinton supporters, especially women. Comedian Chelsea Handler is one of those people, as made evident in her recent post at Thrive Global:
One of the saddest things about November 8, aside from the very presence of Donald Trump on the ballot as a major party American presidential candidate, were the women of America who somehow managed to vote for Donald Trump, specifically the 53% percent of all white female voters who chose Mr. Trump.
We don’t just have a problem with men supporting women in this country; we have a problem with women supporting women.
America is a free country, and we are free to differ on public policy, but what kind of a woman votes for a white, entitled rich guy who has spent his entire life working the system for excess personal profit while insatiably groping strange women for personal pleasure while Hillary Clinton — arguably the most qualified presidential candidate in modern American history — was standing right there in her pleated pantsuit waiting to lift America up out of its 240-year “winning streak” of male dominance and patriarchy?
Comedian Samantha Bee chimed in as well, as Vanity Fair reported:
“A majority of white women, faced with the choice between the first female president and a vial of weaponized testosterone, said, ‘I’ll take Option B. I just don’t like her.’ Hope you got your sticker, ladies. Way to lean out.”
“Let’s get off the floor and get busy,” Bee said. “Especially you, white women. We’ve got some karma to work off.”
Sorry, ladies, but I won’t be made to feel guilty about my vote.
Asking men to support a male candidate because of his gender is sexism. Somehow, though, asking women to support a woman candidate because of her biological makeup is cheered and looked upon with pride because “history must be made.” Why are we in such a hurry to make history if it is nothing more than decades-old sexism repackaged to look like progress? We shouldn’t be.
Liberals bemoan the fact that there are more men than women in elected office, but this has nothing to do with systemic oppression. A wonderful thing about first-wave feminism was that it exemplified the freedom women have to engage in political discussion. Securing voting rights was a huge – and necessary – leap forward. Women arrived at a level playing field where their vote was just as important as a man’s vote. The freedom I have to vote, engage in political discussion, and even run for office is the same that allows me to distance myself from politics or public office entirely if I choose to do so. It also allows me the freedom to choose who I wish to represent me, even if that person is a man on a ballot that includes a woman.
What Chelsea Handler and Samantha Bee conveniently fail to address is that equality of opportunity is not the same as equality of outcome.
Hillary Clinton’s loss on Election Day was partly due to the opportunity that women across this nation have to vote as their conscience guides them. If Mrs. Clinton doesn’t like the results, that’s not our problem, and it certainly isn’t sexism. In fact, it’s the opposite.