This U.S. Election wasn’t about gender

‘The Project’ has received a backlash after this heated exchange between Mamamia’s Jamila Rizvi, 2GB’s Steve Price and Carrie Bickmore. This occurred in the aftermath of the U.S Election. Jamila, Carrie and former Big Brother host, Gretel Kileen were lamenting how Hillary Clinton didn’t become the first female President.

A part from agreeing with the anger of how both Rizvi and Bickmore pounced on Price, in my opinion, the U.S election WASN’T about gender! I agree with other commentators who have said that it was a backlash against the pokitical class and corruption.

That aside, this reminds me of the big hoo haa when Julia Gillard became the first female Prime Minister in Australia back in 2012. Rather than it being seen as a ‘victory’ for women, it only exposed the severe fracture in the Labor Party – a fracture that has negatively affected the party ever since.

Unfortnately, Hillary Clinton’s reputation went down the gutter. Questions over e – mails, corruption in her ‘Clinton Foundation’ and her handling of allegations of sexual assaukt aginst her husband and former President, gave her absolutely no credibility.   Like Gillard, Clinton wasa symbol of corruption and lack of integrity. Her claims of standing for women, African Americans, Latinos, Hispanics and the gay community ended up falling on deaf ears after all the allegations, including giving funds to Saudi Arabia, a kingdom well – known for publicly executing gays and also being condemned for human rights abuses against women.

 

This election was a revolt against corruptionand what wasn’t working. It was a revolt against people who felt like they were being cornered. It was about people who were sick of not being heard when they raised concerns. This was a backlash against the overt – PC culture that has flooded the U.S. (and has come here to a lesser extent). People want to be heard! They want their voices back! This is, I believe the reason why Trump won. I can understand why it might make people uncomfortable. People have expressed fears about what might happen. I’ve expressed my own fears, especially on the issue of LGBT rights and anti – discrimination legislation. I sincerely hope that Americans don’t face a back pedal from the steps torward that have been taken. It still doesn’t change my view that Clinton didn’t lose because she is a woman. She lost because people found the voice to oppose the political narrative that the voters thought had gone on for too long.

 

 

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Kudos to Andrew Bolt

I don’t always agree with Newcorp columnist and TV host, Andrew Bolt (well, that’s a tad bit of an understatement, but anyway), but I fully applaud him for what he said last night on Sydney’s 2GB about Donald Trump’s outrageous comments about assaulting women and suggesting that a 10 – year – old girl could be his “date” when she was older on an escalator. Bolt slammed Trump as a “pig”.

So, he should. And good on him for doing so!

 

Have you kept up with the American Election? Feel free to tell me your thoughts below.

 

Can We Stop The Gender Hype?

Can we get over the fact that Hillary Clinton may become America’s first female President? It’s just getting tiresome. If Clinton does win the Presidential race, will it change the lives of women across the nation? The world?

Doubt it.

We need to be more merit based. Whoever is the best person for the job, man, woman, etc, gets the job. That’s it.

Secondly, gender discrimination is not the only area where people face marginalisation. Sure, if she became President, Clinton may be a voice for cis gender, able – bodied, middle – class women, but what about lower – class women? The reason why I bring this up is that Clinton could NEVER successfully represent and speak for ALL women!

Third can be summed up in one word – merit. If men, women…. PEOPLE, can be rewawrded on merit, then that would be an ideal. Wouldn’t it?

 

UPDATE

I just heard that the whole ‘Hillary is a woman OMG’ has backfired. Sounds like people may not be buying into the hype. Her Democrat rival, Bernie Sanders sounds popular if the news I’ve heard is anything to go by. He is a good speaker, I must say, with what i’ve heard.