‘What Hap­pened’? Not sex­ism

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Hil­lary Clin­ton is deeply dis­ap­pointed she’s not pres­i­dent. Fair enough. Her re­fusal to ac­cept any real re­spon­si­bil­ity for her loss last Novem­ber is harder to take. She’s now penned 500 pages look­ing for rea­sons why she lost.

All Clin­ton would have had to do is look in the mir­ror for that an­swer. But in­stead she wrote “What Hap­pened,” which came out Tues­day.

Clin­ton is most bit­ter at the white women who didn’t vote for her, and she can’t fathom how the ma­jor­ity of that group voted for Don­ald Trump. That was true in Michi­gan, too, where 50 per­cent of white women voted for Trump — not Clin­ton.

Clin­ton is re­fus­ing to give “absolution” to any woman who didn’t vote for her, as if be­ing the same sex is the main rea­son she should have earned the sup­port of women. And she’s blam­ing sex­ism.

That’s in­sult­ing to women, who can think for them­selves and vote on the is­sues that mat­ter to them.

But Clin­ton doesn’t think they can. In an in­ter­view this week with NPR, Clin­ton dis­cussed a chap­ter in her book on be­ing a woman in pol­i­tics, in which she re­lated a chat she’d had with Face­book ex­ec­u­tive Sh­eryl Sand­berg:

“And Sh­eryl ended this re­ally sober­ing con­ver­sa­tion by say­ing that women will have no em­pa­thy for you, be­cause they will be un­der tremen­dous pres­sure — and I’m talk­ing prin­ci­pally about white women — they will be un­der tremen­dous pres­sure from fa­thers and hus­bands and boyfriends and male em­ploy­ers not to vote for ‘the girl.’ ”

If any woman didn’t vote for Clin­ton be­cause of pres­sure from a man, I’d like to hear from her. I didn’t vote for Clin­ton be­cause I couldn’t sup­port her big-gov­ern­ment plat­form, and like many Amer­i­cans, I don’t trust her.

Clin­ton also said: “With re­spect specif­i­cally to young women, I do think that for a lot of young women, gen­der is just not the mo­ti­vat­ing force that maybe it will be in the fu­ture.”

Well, let’s hope not. That’s a very back­ward way to look at fem­i­nism.

IN­GRID JAC­QUES

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