Sex­ism did not de­feat Clin­ton

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - Jay Am­brose

WASHINGTON

— 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

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