YOU GUYS https://t.co/lHLaMscdhj
— Dr. Kankokage (@kankokage) September 15, 2016
Are you one of those awful people who think Hillary’s a terrible person? Well, we’ve got some good news for you: It’s not too late to see the light. All you need to do is remember that Hillary is complex. So very, very complex:
— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) September 15, 2016
It’s just that easy!
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) September 15, 2016
Is this a parody? https://t.co/Efep21dKBI
— It's Only Words (@itsonlywords) September 15, 2016
No, it’s real. As BoingBoing’s Caroline Siede writes:
Which brings me to my final point and perhaps the biggest elephant in the room: Sexism. Personally, I’m not hugely interested in how sexism plays into someone’s decision as to whether or not to vote for Clinton. But I am interested in how sexism has shaped Clinton personally. And particularly how it relates to the idea—as Indira A.R. Lakshmanan and Ezra Klein have both explored—that Clinton is warm and personable in intimate settings but more distant and awkward in large ones.
Essentially what Clinton is saying is that the stiltedness of her public persona is a kind of self-preservation tactic born out of years of brutal misogyny. And while that doesn’t excuse the fact that she sometimes struggles with transparency, it transforms a dehumanizing flaw into a relatable one. It gives her a humanity that’s too frequently missing from the discourse around her.
What’s especially telling is that the group most likely to enthusiastically support Hillary Clinton are older women in the workforce. As Jill Filipovic explores for The New York Times, that’s because unlike men or younger women (who deal with different feminist issues), working women are more likely to have been personally exposed to the kind of sexism and discrimination that has shaped Clinton. And once they understand Clinton’s experience, they like her better for it. They start to see her not as a Lady Macbeth, but as a Leslie Knope, a Hermione Granger, or a Paris Geller. And crucially it’s not just the idealized strengths of those fictional women that echo in Clinton, it’s their relatable flaws too.
So do better, you guys. For Hillary’s sake. For women’s sake. For America’s sake!
Oh. It's our fault she is not likable. https://t.co/Ery5BVIXl9
— Runs With Dog (@lheal) September 15, 2016
People find many women likable, just not Hillary Clinton. https://t.co/poJx3Ph0e6
— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) September 15, 2016
Or Hillary can learn to be more likable, because she’s not…like…at all. https://t.co/v5VAyzNA0j
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) September 15, 2016
I would never be rude to ya @xeni, but complex or not…not a damned bit of likability there. None.
— Jon Sidote (@JSidote) September 15, 2016
Look harder! Look harder!
@xeni Tried it and found she is still an awful person.
— epobirs (@epobirs) September 15, 2016
@xeni Most women are complex. HRC is just vile.
— Liberty V (@Dextera76) September 15, 2016
@xeni Hillary is complex for sure. And a liar, and cold and calculating.
— David McMahon (@DavidMcMahon9) September 15, 2016
Because her diffident, entitled, smug, imperious, deceptive manner would all be completely likable in that context. https://t.co/XzBWUp1eUn
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) September 15, 2016