The Feminism Frustration: Why Hillary’s Loss Had Nothing to Do with Gender

“Well, this proves it. America is more sexist than it is racist.”

As I’m sure you’re well aware, Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump by a stunning 74 electoral votes, yet won the popular vote. The results map shows an enormous swath of red running through the center and southern portions of America. Many have blamed this on an adherence to traditional gender roles and fear of a strong female. This needs to stop.

It was abundantly clear that both parties were undergoing separate but parallel revolutions aimed to upend the establishment. Bernie Sanders repeatedly drew larger crowds to his rallies than Clinton did, while Trump appealed directly to an oft-forgotten and belittled middle America, promising them an end to invisibility and poor economic growth. Anyone who was shocked by Trump’s win wasn’t paying attention.

Clinton didn’t lose because she’s female. She lost because, to an electorate desperately trying to break the status quo, Clinton was the most representative candidate possible of the current system.

Attributing absolutely anything bad that happens to someone as a result of their gender or race only serves to water down the very real effects of systemic burdens that non-white males face in America, but also attempts to divert needed focus on a substantive dissection.

The gender swap put on by New York University helps illustrate Clinton’s very by-the-book, typical-politician demeanor at debates, without the “distraction” of her gender.

What’s even more astonishing is former Bernie supporters coming out of the woodwork to now blame anti-woman sentiments for Clinton’s downfall. Obviously, there was something about Bernie’s platform that drew them over Clinton’s platform. This is also true for Trump.

People didn’t vote for Trump because Clinton was a woman. They voted for Trump because he was a brick through the window of everything Clinton represented. Putting the onus on her gender only casts her as the victim and ignores all of the many aspects at play that led to this time in history. It ignores the cries from both sides for change. It ignores those in economically depressed areas struggling to bring in jobs. It ignores the populist movements happening elsewhere throughout the world.

This was not an isolated event that occurred based on whether or not the Democratic candidate was female. And, despite Hillary’s claims, I also don’t believe her loss was that attributable to Comey’s investigation, the DNC, or media coverage. People wanted change. Clinton was more of the same.

I only hope we can pull our heads up and properly survey the landscape to have a better chance in 2020.

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