Top 3 Sexist Reasons to Support Bernie Over Hillary

March 21st, 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized

I made an active choice not to blog when Trump threw his hat into the political ring. I thought it was a lark and would be short-lived. I was wrong and continue to be surprised at what he has done to the Republican party.

When Trump, soon-after, started to denigrate various cultural groups overtly, I thought it was all too obvious. What could I contribute that hadn’t been said before and wasn’t currently being said in the media about how racist and sexist his comments and treatment of members of certain groups was? I had after all conducted research that suggested that explicitly communicated stereotypes should be the easiest to object to and to refute. and indeed I saw this playing out in the media. Nothing newsworthy for The Communicated Stereotype there.

When I saw on Facebook all the links about Authoritarian Personality being a predictor of whether someone is a Trump fan, I nodded in agreement, sighed, and mentioned, when I could, that this was a spot on assessment and a scary one at that considering it also was a predictor of Hitler’s rise in Nazi Germany. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Authoritarian Personality, think or find on YouTube Archie Bunker. My knowledge of this still did not warrant a blog. Once again I had nothing new to contribute.

archie bunker

Now, I am in the position to contribute to the political discourse related to the current presidential race. Why? Because I am reminded of a quote:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

The sad part, however, is that my concern does not stay with Trump. My concern is increasingly with supporters of Bernie Sanders. His liberal ideology masks a male agenda to which he is also not aware and that is particularly persuasive to liberal males.

I want to make a few things clear.

-There are valid reasons to support Bernie in a primary in a state in which Hillary will undoubtedly get the nomination. Such a vote makes a strong point about finance reform.

-No one should vote for anyone because of their gender alone. I would not advocate for that.

-Sexism is a large scale social issue. Individual people may or may not be sexist in their known beliefs or actions. But even those who are not sexist in their known beliefs or actions can act in sexist ways because of the societal pressure to do so that affects information processing in ways an individual person may not ever be aware of.

With these qualifiers, I want to share with you my concern about some of the arguments Bernie supporters make and how these are decidedly not liberal and, actually, work against a liberal agenda. There could be legitimate reasons to vote for Bernie. I am not discussing those. Rather, working backwards in the style of Letterman’s Top Ten, I will explain how some of the reasons people want to vote for Bernie are problematic by discussing the Top 3 Sexist Reasons I have been given as a rationale for why to support Bernie over Hillary.

3. I am not voting for Hillary because there are too many accusations against her floating around and where there is smoke there is fire.

Trump who has actually done some pretty horrible things will possibly get the Republican nomination. Bernie fans are saying that they would rather not vote (by default giving a vote to Trump) than vote for Hillary because Hillary might have done some horrible things that to date there is no hard evidence for despite there being legal, media, and public actions attempted to find out. So Hillary is being kept to a higher standard than Trump. Sounds to me a lot like Jackie Robinson Syndrome. Hillary is only electable if she is perfect, unimpugnable; her competition can be allowed to be elected even if he is impugnable.

2- I am not voting for Hillary because Bill, her husband, did terrible things to women.

President Bush is a recovering cocaine addict. Hillary, in contrast, is being held accountable for something she didn’t even do. She stood by Bill. But anybody watching that video or picture of the family on August 18, 1998, the day after Bill Clinton confessed to the Monica Lewinsky affair, knows that didn’t go down in their personal lives as well as it looked in the public eye. Did anyone comment that Laura Bush sticking with George after his drug addiction meant that she was pro-drugs? Did her name get slandered because she stayed with a drug addict? Androcentrism, a hallmark of a sexist society, means that females get judged/defined by a male norm. This accusation against Hillary is the epitome of that. She is being judged not on what she is doing but on what her husband did.

Hillary and Bill

1- Just because Hillary is a woman, doesn’t mean I am going to vote for her.

No one asked you to vote for Hillary because she is a woman. No one is voting for Hillary just because she is a woman. If someone says that’s the reason they are voting for her; it is only shorthand for I don’t need to defend my political beliefs to you because you will only say I am voting for her because she is a woman anyway no matter what I say so I might as well beat you to it and save myself a lot of time. I can attest to how much time you can save by just saying that. After days of Facebook arguing, I still hear the people I am arguing with insinuate or flat out say the only reason I am voting for Hillary is because she is a woman. So even when a woman puts in the effort to voice her valid views on why she would vote for Hillary. It will still only be reduced to “Oh, so you are voting for her because she is a woman and I am not voting for Hillary just because she is a woman.” So it isn’t Hillary’s vagina that is making me vote for her. It is your penis that is making you think the only reason I am voting for her is because she is a woman.

For those who want to know why am I voting for Hillary, I will gladly tell you. But please don’t still assume, diminish my views, or discredit my right to political thought by reducing my reasons to the shorthand that I am voting for her because she is a woman.

I am voting for Hillary because:
– She is more qualified than Bernie by far and has held positions most similar to others who have been president in the history of the United States whereas Bernie has not.
– She has showed herself to have the liberal value I admire and desire most in a presidential candidate. More than Bernie, even when he could, Hillary understands and implements an understanding of equality/equity.
– She is more politically savvy that Bernie. If President Obama could barely get parts of his agenda passed with all his political savvy and diplomacy in the face of GOP opposition, Bernie has no chance. I would rather have 50% of 10 liberal ideas be implemented than 0% of 100 liberal ideas.

After all this, rest assured, I am not saying you should vote for Hillary. You can vote for whomever you want as is your right. But if I ask why you are voting for her because I want to understand your mindset and perhaps because I am willing to be convinced and have an open mind to political discussion, I recommend giving me answers that are not based on/ do not reinforce sexism if you want me to understand your voting choice.

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