Though she had been under investigation by the FBI and faced intense criticism for her involvement in the 2012 Benghazi attacks, among other things, one Slate writer believes President-elect Donald Trump's victory over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton means only one thing: "America hates women."
"On Tuesday, faced with a choice between a highly competent if uncharismatic female candidate and the deranged distillation of the angry white male id, America chose the latter," Slate columnist Michelle Goldberg lamented at the start of her Wednesday article.
It is, however, worth nothing, as did Goldberg, that Trump won among white women with 53 percent of the demographic's vote, though she said she wasn't surprised by the fact because "it’s understandable that large numbers of women wouldn’t want to see themselves in someone reviled as shrill and unf***able."
Making her case, Goldberg noted a 2010 study cited by The Atlantic. "[The study] found that people’s views of a fictional male state senator did not change when they were told he was ambitious," Peter Beinart wrote. "When told that a fictional female state senator was ambitious, however, men and women alike ‘experienced feelings of moral outrage,’ such as contempt, anger, and disgust."
While sexism may have played a role in some voters' decision at the ballot box and Trump has made many offensive and explicit comments about women in the past, the Slate writer is apparently convinced it was the only reason Clinton did not win Tuesday:
Had Clinton won, she would have done more than shatter the glass ceiling. For 25 years, she has been a synecdoche for unseemly female ambition. (In 1996, a 4,000-word Weekly Standard essay titled “The Feminization of America” ended with these words: “To put it more simply, Hillary is welcoming men to their new role as the second sex.”) Clinton ran for president on an explicitly feminist platform and promised a half-female Cabinet. Her victory would have been a sign that the gender hierarchy that has always been fundamental to our society—that has always been fundamental to most societies—was starting to crumble. It would have meant that men no longer rule. We have to come to terms with the fact that a majority of men would rather burn this country to the ground than let that happen.
And the result of Tuesday's historic if not shocking election has led Goldberg to believe her daughter will likely "be consigned to a lesser life than my son" because, in her words, the country will be led by a phallic political group, at least for the next four years.
"We are going to lose Roe v. Wade. There will be no push for paid leave (whatever Ivanka Trump might promise) or a higher minimum wage," she wrote. "If Trump’s campaign is any indication, our new administration will be a priapic junta."
Clinton no doubt led a historic campaign, becoming the first female candidate to become the nominee of a major political party. "I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will," the former secretary of state said during her concession speech Wednesday.