Good­bye, sex­ism

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“Re­mem­ber sex­ism? Re­mem­ber when Hil­lary Clin­ton was at a dis­ad­van­tage be­cause she was a wo­man, when Glo­ria Steinem took stock of the pri­mary cam­paign and con­cluded, ‘Gen­der is prob­a­bly the most re­strict­ing force in Amer­i­can life’?” Kay S. Hy­mowitz writes at www.city-jour­nal.com.

“Come to think of it, re­mem­ber just [three] weeks ago, when New York and Salon pub­lished big think pieces by young women who saw, in Clin­ton’s de­clin­ing for­tunes, so much ev­i­dence of sex­ism that they pre­dicted the emer­gence of Fourth Wave fem­i­nism? Well, that’s not go­ing to hap­pen. Not only does Clin­ton’s Penn­syl­va­nia win [April 22] muddy most of the sex­ism charges, it makes the fem­i­nist cri­tique of pol­i­tics look as ex­hausted as the can­di­dates them­selves,” the writer said.

“At this point, gen­der has be­come just an­other force in the tur­bu­lent de­mo­graphic cross-cur­rents of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. In the Key­stone State, the clincher was class, not gen­der. Clin­ton proved far more adept than Barack Obama at ro­manc­ing the ret­i­cent blue-col­lar voter. She (once again) rein­vented her­self, this time as Roseanne, a small-town, barhangin’, gun-shootin’ wait­ress type. Bit­ter­gate, a bowl­ing mal­func­tion, and a gen­eral im­age of cool aloof­ness left Obama, on the other hand, walk­ing around with an ELITE sign on his back, in­sist­ing that he does in­deed eat Jell-O, in an ef­fort to min­i­mize what Newsweek now calls the ‘Bubba Gap.’ ”

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