More on Hillary Clinton: Human of New York

[Content Note: Misogyny.]

Yesterday, I shared Hillary Clinton's Humans of New York quote (there was also a second one), and I wrote a longer piece for Shareblue about it:
Clinton's story will be familiar to many women, maybe especially (although certainly not exclusively) women of a certain age. The precise details may be different—the setting; the nature of the harassment—but the feeling, that creeping urge of guardedness as a mechanism of self-protection, reverberates through our very cells. A familiar tune, played in a different key.

Even women who lead private professional lives are subjected to intense public scrutiny from men: Strangers barking at us to smile, commenting on our bodies in complimentary or critical ways, offering unsolicited advice about what we should eat, or shouldn't eat, or should be doing, or shouldn't. To be a woman is to be a public object.

And to be an ambitious woman is to be a threat. To be seen, by many men, as taking up space where a man should be. A man who is more deserving, merely by virtue of his manhood.

A woman who aspires to be manager at her fast-food job can run up against exactly these sort of resentments, as can a woman who petitions for an executive position at a Fortune 500 firm. These might be the same woman, at different points in her life—just like a college student taking an admissions exam and a woman who has just made history as the first female presidential nominee of a major party.
Head on over to read the whole thing.

On a related note, I did a little tweeting this morning about the inherent sexism of the corporate media's coverage of this election:

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