Discussing politics on one’s blog is tricky business. I want to be honest and open and real without offending anyone. I have yet to decide who I’m voting for (I can tell you unequivocally it won’t be Trump) but as a female, I’m personally offended by the conversation surrounding Hillary Clinton.
I am not an angry, raging female. But Joe Scarborough telling Clinton to smile is complete garbage. Throughout my 30 years, I have been told to “smile” numerous times. It has ALWAYS been by a male. Every time. While I don’t believe it was ever said to me in a malicious way, it truly gets under my skin that as a woman, I’m expected to behave in a particular manner. I once had a male boss tell me to look “friendlier” when he walked into my office. Because of my face. It’s my face. Telling me to smile is telling me to be more approachable. I don’t make them “comfortable.” It’s tiresome.
And it isn’t just Scarborough. Brit Hume from Fox News also added some commentary, saying that Clinton’s expression after Tuesday’s win was “Stern, angry, joyless.” after he tweeted that she angrily shouted her victory speech. I’m just scratching the surface here. Regardless of how you feel about her politics and past (something I won’t discuss here), I find it hard to be upset by her objective reaction when Trump continues to spout inflammatory, hateful, despicable, disgusting rhetoric.
I’m tired of us feeling the need to apologize for our personalities. Apologizing for our emotions and reactions to certain situations. Maybe we smile too much. Maybe we don’t smile enough. If we’re not motherly or soft, we’re weak. I guess the point of this post is that if a woman running for President of the United States isn’t exempt from gender double-standards and sexist bullshit, then how can the rest of us ever expect to be?