Sexism did not defeat Clinton
— Sexism defeated Hillary Clinton, or so goes the claim of some who keep the worst, most demeaning, nasty bigotry against women alive in their minds even as it has pretty much died in politics. They see a world that isn’t there, but the illusion apparently makes them feel better about a seriously flawed candidate.
Social science has something to say about all of this.
Varied studies show that, in elections between men and women, gender matters scarcely a hoot. Party affiliation matters much, much more, and when you look at results, you find that women win as much as men. Concern about sexism is apparently a force that keeps women from running as often as men do, but who is responsible for that? The ideological fear-mongers, maybe?
Just Facts, a reliable source of unbiased information on the internet, commissioned a poll in which American voters were asked whether they would favor a man or a woman as president. Some 69 percent said it made no difference, 15 percent said they would favor a woman, and 12 percent said they would favor a man. A Gallup poll showed 90 percent of voters would happily vote for a woman.
In this election year of befuddled pollsters, Trump surprisingly received 53 percent of the vote of white women.
How do you figure this? After all, there was the 11-year-old video of him crassly talking about women receptive to his sexual advances. He supposedly once called a Miss Universe Miss Piggy. Megyn Kelley of Fox pointed as a primary debate moderator to still other names he had called women, and he later responded with a comment about her menstrual cycle. A number of women came out accusing him of unwanted sexual aggression.
That’s not a little to be angry about, and Clinton, vying to be the first female president in American history, was widely hailed as a grand person about to make grand history.
She herself is pro-choice to extremes and promised a variety of benefits for women. In vicious TV ads