Monday, August 08, 2016

Four decades of Hillary Clinton responding to sexist questions from the media.

Courtesy of Mother Jones:

Nearly four decades is a long time to be hearing the same stuff about being a woman in power. The nauseating proof comes in the form of a new video that was put together by National Memo, a news and politics website, and posted to YouTube on Thursday. 

It tracks almost 40 years of Hillary Clinton—as first lady, senator, and presidential candidate—and the sexist ideas about women in public life put to her in numerous media appearances. Some of the interviewers appear to be adopting sexist tropes to humanize Clinton or to highlight inequalities, while other commentators are downright nasty. Together, it plays like a relentless heartbeat of gendered criticism.

You know sometimes I look at Hillary Clinton and I think "The poor woman just looks exhausted sometimes."

But you know dealing with this kind of garbage for four decades would probably destroy most people, and the fact that Hillary Clinton may look a little tired sometimes but is still plugging away and working for the people of this country should be admirable by anybody's standards.

50 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:16 AM

    That's how long the GOP has been afraid of Hillary Clinton. And the media has always done the beckoning of the GOP, especially with regard to her.
    Beaglemom

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    1. Anonymous8:23 AM

      The doggy doo doo is piling up, Beaglemom. Dishes need washed too.

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    2. Anonymous9:48 AM

      8:23am

      I don't know about Beaglemom but I have a house keeper that comes in twice a week and does the laundry, cleans and vacuums and does the dishes and a service that comes every other week to clean my dog yard.

      Why would you assume because she is a woman that she would do these tasks herself?

      It is 2016 ya know and most women have better things to do than keep house!

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    3. Anonymous11:21 AM

      I hope you have a really big yard if they only come every other week. If not, I feel sorry for your dog(s).

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    4. Anonymous11:32 AM

      Well, I have to admit that our house no longer reverberates with the chatter and excitement of beagles. But we have wonderful memories of them and we took good care of them and they took good care of us. What more can anyone ask?

      With regard to Hillary Clinton, whatever do you have against her, Anon at 8:23 am? She's spent most of her time over the years addressing issues that affect children, the sick and poor families here and around the world. As a public servant, she's represented the state of New York and the United States admirably.

      You are certainly free to express your opinion but you should not waste everyone's time by simply attacking other posters with mindless and obnoxious statements.
      Beaglemom

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    5. Anonymous8:37 PM

      That must be one seriously stinking yard, 9:48.

      Speaking of bowel movements, please, keep pretending that you've never attacked another poster, "BM".

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  2. Anonymous4:22 AM

    What is most disturbing is that some of the questions are coming from WOMEN!
    How would those female journalists like it if other WOMEN disparage them and bring them down, rather than uplift and respect their brains and abilities?
    I hate it when WOMEN bring down other WOMEN ..... It's already tough out there in a MAN'S world, so why as a WOMAN do they need to pile it on to other WOMEN?

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    1. Maple7:01 AM

      That's an interesting question. Here's another one: why do so many female employees hate their female bosses? As a female myself, I've often put it down to jealousy, OR that we over-50 types have been too conditioned to think that the male should be the one with power. I've noticed that my nieces and nephews have no problem with females in positions of power, so maybe it's a generational thing that is about to die out. But having watched that video, I'm even more impressed with Hillary for not losing her temper over those witless (not to mention insulting)questions.

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    2. Anonymous7:07 AM

      I don't think the women are any different from the male pundits or journalists or whatnot. These people always pile on in numbers, there's not an original thought among the lot of them.

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    3. Anonymous8:22 AM

      Pfsst. You'll all be piling on Bristol, and Sarree and Willow any time now. I will too but I won't be carrying on about women who bash women in the next sentence.

      They aren't untouchable just because they were born with a twat.

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    4. Anonymous12:12 PM

      Maple -

      As someone who's worked in fields that tend to have women bosses, I've had a few good ones that I loved and far too many who have been awful. Some were placed in their positions despite not being qualified, and they were unable to handle the work or the management of staff. A couple of them created toxic work environments by turning staff against each other in the mistaken belief that 'divide and conquer' was an effective management strategy. Two of the worst preferred to have their staff afraid of their unpredictability and tendency to retaliate against those they didn't like (which was pretty much everyone!).

      I was a female boss myself years ago and tried very hard to use the lessons I'd learned about supporting all my staff, being fair, and never asking them to do anything I wasn't willing to do myself (and probably already had!). The best female bosses I had, and tried to emulate, were those who had confidence in the ability of their employees and gave them the space and respect they needed to do their jobs.

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  3. Anonymous4:36 AM

    I think everyone looks tired after a year of the Golden Trojan Trump and the pootin gang of bullies! They stunk the place up from sea to shining sea with their toxic waste and insults.

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  4. Anonymous4:41 AM

    Perform? Gee, sounds like a circus act or staged porn crime. Oh giddy and chitty are sad. King rump cannot deliver and "perform" the dirty deeds of espionage for the bad boys. Darn!! Now what? should we investigate petrayus scandal or 911 again and again?

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  5. Anonymous4:56 AM

    Celia Harrison claims the Clintons are responsible for the murders of 55 people. Personally I don't think she should be given an audience any more.

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    1. Anonymous6:56 AM

      I agree. She is nothing but destructive.

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    2. Anonymous7:28 AM

      Who she?

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    3. Anonymous7:44 AM

      Celia Harrison of the PTSD in the workplace rampaging against Hillary Clinton is too ironic for words.
      1. A woman who claims suffering at the hands of a users at the hospital she worked at in Alaska-CH

      2. A woman who has dedicated her life to actually doing something about the abuse of girls and women in all segments of society all over the world. HC

      Celia and her case against the Clintons/murders puts her in the birther camp which is a place no one with half a brain goes.

      I am with the others who call for taking her off the sidebar and leaving her in the heap out back with C4P.

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    4. Frosty no longer AK8:39 AM

      I agree, take her off the sidebar. Though she seems to leave comments open, but unless they praise her, they never show up.

      A very insecure person trying to make every one feel sorry for her as a victim. We know Who the celeb 'victims' are in AK. Let her suck their air for a while.

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    5. Anonymous8:34 PM

      You know what else never shows up, Frosty? Anything that puts old Saint Griff down.

      I guess she's the "bigger man".

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  6. Jim In Texas5:07 AM

    Damn, that Obama's good. Not only did he time travel back to 1961 to plant that "fake" birth announcement in the Honolulu newspapers, but now we learn that 18 year old Obama created the Iranian Revolution and withheld $400 million in arms sales from the Ayatollahs in 1979 just to provide cover for his 2016 "ransom" payment in that exact same amount. 😀

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  7. Anonymous5:08 AM

    My first awareness of Hillary Clinton was her being bashed in the media for wearing a headband. I regularly wore a headband at the time. I saw that it wasn't about the headband. And it hasn't been about the headband at any point since that day.

    I have watched Hillary from that day. It's not hard to know who she is- all you have to do is look at her lifetime of accomplishment. The media can't afford to portray her as she really is because then Trump would look the shart that he really is and the game would be over- and the media won't be making any money off of that.

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    1. Anonymous7:06 AM

      OMG, I have the same history about the headband!!!

      It was a look, and plenty of people wore it at the time, AND, Hillary looked great in a headband.

      I remember how they bashed her for that and for her cankles!

      Now, it's the pantsuits. She is vilified when she wears a dress and when she wears pants.

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    2. Anonymous9:06 AM

      Headband era here, also, too! (Hi Sarah.)
      HRC was never concerned about the glamour image. Just exuded an everyday jane look and a "let's get down to business" attitude.
      You are right. They have bashed her "cankles" in skirts and her pantsuits forever. Granted she should take more fashion direction, but at least she doesn't show up in Sarh's getups looking like a hooker. Give me her solid sense of propriety, brains, and calmness any day. Plus, she doesn't have orange hands to compete with her "eating pizza with a fork" orange critics.
      With all due contempt, Sarah and Donald.

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    3. Anonymous2:07 PM

      Hillary Clinton wears age appropriate attire that is also appropriate for her very active life. Like most women she probably does not spend hours each day trying to decide how much makeup to pile on or what color to dye her hair each morning or putting on eight outfits before deciding on the one for the day. Good grief. She's always been a busy woman with a lot of things to do with her life.
      Beaglemom

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  8. Randall5:29 AM

    It IS pretty amazing... the Republicans have spent decades and hundreds of millions of dollars investigating Hillary Clinton
    ...and have found nothing.
    Zero.
    Zip.
    But the very fact that she has been continuously investigated in itself causes distrust in some (simple-minded) people.

    And, of course, that is exactly why the Republicans did and keep doing it.
    It is all they have and, sadly, it works.


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    1. Anonymous7:25 AM

      Not working this time around.

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  9. Anonymous6:11 AM

    Well stated, Gryphen.

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  10. Anonymous7:29 AM

    The fact that you think she looks "exhausted" is a perfect example of your sexism. How many male politicians get remarked upon that they look "exhausted"? You have never written that about Trump, although others here have done so. Stop patting yourself on the back for being so progressive, when you are anything but.

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    1. Anonymous9:51 AM

      Well, to be fair, lots of people have been remarking lately that Donald Trump appears exhausted, so men are subject to that criticism as well.

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    2. Actually I have remarked several times that President Obama appears tired in the past and I even pointed out that Bernie Sanders fell asleep once, so nice try 7:29.

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    3. Every single President gets at least one article comparing pictures from year one to pics eight years later to show how much the stress ages them. Do you never read news?

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    4. Anonymous3:02 PM

      I think that 'just' the preliminary run and now the full out race for POTUS are aging Trump.

      He's puffy - his face is swollen and his skin coloring seems to change often - plus he's overweight! He gets red quite easily...a sign of high blood pressure to me.

      Don't think he is as healthy as he says or thinks he is! He appears to me a candidate for a major heart attack! The pressure will get to this man - especially with the Republican Party currently trying to change his demeanor and attitude and speaking habits. It won't work! He's going to explode!

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    5. Anonymous8:33 PM

      Just. Fucking. Stop.

      Exhaustion has nothing to do with male or female. It's a HUMAN condition.

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  11. Anonymous8:16 AM

    "You're too lawyerly" is sexist?

    The questions about table cloths and center pieces could certainly be construed as sexist but for the most part these are questions that are non-gender specific.

    Talk about hyperbole. This is not helping her cause one damn bit.

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    1. Anonymous9:50 AM

      It's this kind of exaggeration that has brought about the term "feminazi".

      It's almost as if they wish to set us back a hundred years or more.

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    2. It is sexist. If you would never say it to a man, but you think it's valid for a woman, it's sexist. You would never tell a man he's too lawyerly. Feminazi is just a term created to shut women up when you can't defend yourself.

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  12. Anonymous8:40 AM

    I counted 8 Male misogynist/sexist questioners and more then 12 trustworthy insinuation questions from FEMALES. I HATE mean Girls who put down strong women, even if they are order to do it by men.

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  13. Anonymous9:00 AM

    Strong women intimidate people, both male and female. They are not following the gender rules set up by religions.

    When weak people feel intimidated, they do everything in their power to negate the other person. That's what all these congressional investigations have been about. How DARE a female have such a position of power?

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  14. Anonymous9:01 AM

    SEXist?! Read this: Girl with Gun!
    http://www.sbs.com.au/comedy/article/2016/08/08/its-2016-how-not-report-woman-has-won-olympic-medal

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    1. Anonymous11:55 AM

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ibtihaj-muhammad-no-medal-us-olympics_us_57a8a48ce4b021fd98794e5d?section=&

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/women-olympians-dont-need-men-to-be-badass_us_57a87489e4b03ba68012ccbb?section=&

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  15. Anonymous9:45 AM

    She does always look exhausted, but she chose this life. After leaving the white house she could have chosen a path that didn't include running for Senate and then running for POTUS twice.

    She could have turned down the Secretary of State offer and she could have chosen to stay a private person instead of a politician, but it seems to me that some people just aren't wired to be "Joe Q. Public" and they are driven to put themselves out there to face criticism and ridicule because a bit of adoration is sometimes the side effect and that's what they crave.

    I don't think people like Hillary can do anything else, but it seems like a tough road.

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    1. Anonymous10:49 AM

      Really?! You think she chose this life for the adoration?!

      FFS, what have YOU done to contribute to society?

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    2. Anonymous11:20 AM

      Frankly I think Hillary Clinton looks great. She has lots of energy and she's empathetic, intelligent, sensible. And she'd be a superb president. But then I'm also a woman. I personally think that a lot of men are afraid of intelligent, successful women. It's so much easier to boss around women with minds like Bristol Palin or the Kardashian bimbos.
      Beaglemom

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    3. Anonymous11:24 AM

      https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/slightly-blighty/201509/just-how-narcissistic-are-us-presidents-does-ego-rule

      The above is a very good read. Presidents tend to be more narcissistic than do average folks, it's a fact. In fact, if they weren't they wouldn't have #1 chosen to and #2 been able to ascend the political ladder to those heights.

      Also, one must do good deeds, or be perceived as having done good deeds in order to get people to vote for you, it's part of the package. You have to make people like you before they will vote for you.

      Average people contribute to society merely by being part of it, we work, we pay our taxes, we consume goods therefore contribute to the economy, we provide secure homes and welfare for children and/or animals. In being a productive member of the whole the individual will strengthen the collective.

      Quietly and without recognition billions of people make a difference each day just by following the societal norms.

      Some people need more control over the situation their egos tell them that, therefore they run for public office, or put themselves in other positions of power where they feel they are not just a cog in the wheel but the motor that turns wheel.

      Some people need that, some people don't.

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  16. Anonymous10:04 AM

    I don't think she looks exhausted. I think she smiles and puts up with their bullshit because she knew in that time and age that people were wont to ask such questions of her. Now they are trying to push that ageism bullshit her way. That is not just her, all women have to put up with that crap. No one really talks about Donald Trump's age. But the Right are trying to talk about how hard it was for Hillary to climb some stairs. Any one of us Americans are out of shape. I am thirty years younger than Hillary, and she looks ten years better than me. For cripes sakes America stop acting like the Barbie doll club. Hillary is a hard working consistent person. That's all. She's not superwoman or wonderwoman. She's not Cinderella, Sleeping beauty, Snow White, or any other Walt Disney female persona. She's a real person who is a woman, and she owns it. The dickless Ken Barbies don't want that. They want the Sarah Palins and Melania Trumps. No thanks.

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    1. Anonymous10:51 AM

      Love your comment!

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    2. Anonymous2:53 PM

      If Donald Trump was under the same scrutiny as is (and has been for eons) Hillary Clinton, he would have collapsed and run away from the media a long time ago!

      I'm sure he hates this 'running for POTUS'....the Republicans are now trying to make him into someone he is not and he'll never be elected POTUS. Think he has figured that out too and is trying to calculate his best way of handling his mass defeat! Poor baby!

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  17. Anonymous10:15 AM

    Exhausted? WTF are you people talking about? Just because Drumpf is a wired manic, very sick in the head, and railing 24/7 or tweeting it makes so many of you unable to recognize an in-control, sane, energized lady you say appears exhausted? Adjust your damned glasses and your brain and get back the ability to know NORMAL!

    I have 5150'd the partner's bipolar daughter 16 times in the last 15 years and everyone thinks she is delightful because she is so "energetic" and "upbeat"- but she has not threatened them or their kids with violence so....

    I am sure I look exhausted and low energy alongside her manic behavior. However, guess who is carrying the load and managing her kids and who remains sane and is the "go-to" person for the tasks that need doing.etc.

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    1. Anonymous4:42 PM

      You should have never let her have kids. If she is mentally ill you and her father should have prevented breeding either by dosing her morning coffee with her BC pills or actually getting her fixed.

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  18. Anita Winecooler5:34 PM

    Any percieved whine.... Considering all she's been through in life, I think she's one strong woman and ready to do the job from day one, and do it well.

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