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The National-scale Sexual Harassment of Hillary Clinton

Carla

RNC T-shirt Art c/o David Frum

RNC T-shirt Art c/o David Frum

No woman has experienced sexual harassment en masse like Hillary Clinton during this presidential campaign. There’s no reason to think it will stop if she wins.  As a woman, it'stoturous to watch this election unfold. 

It’s not just Donald Trump. Clinton haters broadcast their harassment on T-shirts, buttons, car bumpers. There are even billboards, nutcrackers and dolls. She’s regularly called a bitch and a cunt. Suggested to smile more or to smile less. Her looks are constantly rated and found lacking. In fact, Time reported months there was an increase in sales of Hillary-hostile buttons and T-shirts. Elsewhere online, you can find merchandise featuring charming slogans like “Trump That Bitch” and “Bern the Witch.”

Clinton’s run for the presidency has unleashed a deep discomfort many people, men and women, feel about women or power. Mix that unease with the unabashed misogyny of Trump and his supporters, then top it off with curdling Hillary hate fueled by various conservative politicians and conspiracy theorists (like the election-rigging suggested by Donald) and the result is, well: Trump that Bitch.

Trump that Bitch is one of the most common slogans of the Hillary haters. Followed by “Life’s a Bitch, Don’t Vote for One.” There's a button in Etsy that says, “KFC Hillary Special, 2 Fat Thighs 2 Small Breasts … Left Wing.” Men and also women wear these merchandise shamelessly, sometimes surrounded by their girlfriends, wives or daughters.

Lady, seriously, why are you still with this d***he?  Photo: curve.com

Lady, seriously, why are you still with this d***he?  Photo: curve.com

Another sexist meme

Another sexist meme

If you consider Clinton's campaign for president as her full-time job, then you have to look at the vitriolic work environment she’s operating in. Its admirable that she is ceaselessly pushing forward against the largest volume of sex-based aggression, criticism and hostility that any woman has had to deal with on a national scale.

To understand this, it’s important to remember the definition of workplace sexual harassment. It is not simply a male superior propositioning a female underling with her career at stake. Harassment more commonly takes other forms, including nasty gender-based comments  ― meant to demean and diminish and disempower.

Sexual harassment may or may not include any explicitly sexual behavior, but it always involves some form of abuse of power, when you sexually harass someone you are literally taking away their power, according to Catharine MacKinnon, a professor at the Harvard University of Gender Studies.

The consequences to working women as a group are no less serious. Sexual harassment has a cumulative, demoralizing effect that discourages women from asserting themselves within the workplace, while among men it reinforces stereotypes of women employees as sex objects.  Severe or pervasive sexual harassment in certain types of businesses creates a hostile or intimidating environment. I cant help but wonder how this blatant harassment will affect women in a national scale? Also, Harrassed women report higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Some studies, that are currently under review, suggests that females who act in stereotypically masculine ways (e.g., assertive or dominant) are more likely to face harassment. Women with formal positions of power who hold authority over men challenge the presumptive superiority of men, making them more likely to face harassment - or more likely to be mistreated by their subordinates. Ambitious men didn’t see the same level of mistreatment.

These cases ofharrassment weren't about sex but about asserting dominance based on gender. It’s an attempt to knock a powerful woman off her high horse, essentially. And it often works: Women who are harassed don’t typically stick around the office for more.

Impressively, Clinton is not quitting. #nastywoman

My preferred T-shirt art

My preferred T-shirt art

However, many think that the harassment she’s attracted isn’t going to go away when she wins. Trump is already suggesting to his blind followers that election rigging may occur and there will be a need for a revolution when Clinton wins. And the hostile environment created by the deplorable "trump-that-bitch" talk trickles down to everyone. It’ll be the price the U.S. (and probably the rest of the world) pays for progressing in gender equality.

 

http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/svaw/harassment/explore/1whatis.htm#power