A male reader here at The Dem Daily complained in the comments about the Men for Hillary ad running in our left sidebar. Commenter Lee Church called the ad “sexist,” and bemoaned that he finds “it ironic that a sexist ad calls me a sexist.” In my opinion, Lee Church’s complaint here about the ad is “sexist” and it’s clear that he’s one male not willing to “ditch his sexism.”
After reading Lee Church’s complaint I ran across a piece written in The Stanford Progressive about sexism in the Democratic Primary. The writer, Gilbert Martinez, makes a strong case. Martinez says he “recently attended a social gathering where a discussion of Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama was taking place.”
One guy, when probed about the historic nature of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, had a reaction that can be easily summarized as “big freakin’ deal.” For some reason, after this complete dismissal of the historic nature of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, I kept on hearing Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg rapping about how “bitches ain’t shit”.
I never truly understood the offensiveness of that song until I started supporting Senator Clinton for president. Nor did I realize the pervasiveness of the sentiment. The media, and even the Democratic candidates themselves have continually denigrated the work that Hillary Clinton has done. In other words, she “ain’t shit.” And both the media and the Democratic candidates have played to the stereotype of confident, strong women being cold, calculating “bitches.”
Martinez makes a strong case for Hillary and notes that he does not doubt that Obama has “respect for women,” but he said he feels that he has “benefited greatly from the sexist and misogynistic language that Republicans have used to destroy Hillary Clinton.” He also notes that “few Democratic leaders have stood up to the barrage of sexist attacks on Hillary Clinton,” which has been something that many supporting Hillary have noted. And…
What’s more, many prominent progressives have not only stood silent during these attacks, but have been willing participants in perpetuating these sexist narratives.
Fifteen years after Dr. Dre’s song was first released, it still seems as though “bitches ain’t shit.” I, for one, reject that notion and hope that once the passions of this election subside, we will take the time to confront what has happened and how we have treated a person I consider to be a true American treasure.
My initial reaction to Martinez’s article was the desire to see more men who get it speak out. But sadly, as Martinez and many others have noted sexism is still rampant in the Democratic party and this country.
I have, like so many women in this country watched with a sense of despair and disgust as Clinton’s achievements and hard work has been denigrated. Progress has not been made in this country in regards to women and equal rights as long as this pervades.