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Democratic Presidential Primary: Sexist or Racist?

This week, Hillary Clinton told the Washington Post that she believes sexism has negatively impacted her campaign.

She said:

It's been deeply offensive to millions of women. I believe this campaign has been a groundbreaker in a lot of ways. But it certainly has been challenging given some of the attitudes in the press, and I regret that, because I think it's been really not worthy of the seriousness of the campaign.

When asked if the campaign had been racist, she said no, adding:

The manifestation of some of the sexism that has gone on in this campaign is somehow more respectable, or at least more accepted, and . . . there should be equal rejection of the sexism and the racism when it raises its ugly head. It does seem as though the press at least is not as bothered by the incredible vitriol that has been engendered by the comments by people who are nothing but misogynists.

Hillary's surrogates have gone so far to say that Barack Obama has in fact benefited from the fact that he is black. Meanwhile, others argue that far from sexist, the Democratic primary has broken sexist barriers for a new generation of women leaders.

Should Hillary have delivered a defining "gender" speech, as Barack Obama gave his race speech and Mitt Romney gave a religion speech? Do you agree with Hillary Clinton? Has she been a target for sexism, more than Barack Obama has suffered from racism?

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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
I disagree. Where they may slide from dem to dem, they will always stay on the liberal side.
princess-s princess-s 7 years
yes....the media loves Obama now. But watch what is going to happen when he wins and goes against McCain. Things are going to come out and the Media is going to have a hayday on Obama. The media is never a trustworthy and faithfull friend. Its all about the money in the end. Just watch.......
geohiker geohiker 7 years
oh boo hoo. Yes, some people hate her because she's a woman and some hate Obama because he's black - get over it. Some people are going to hate you regardless of what you do and how wonderful you are (or are not). I'm a woman (middle aged, middle class, professional) and I'm not voting for Clinton because I don't agree with her stands on the issues. I'm not "against feminism" or hating her for being female - and many people not voting for her are like me. (Some are jerks and voting against her for dumb reasons; some people are just jerks - nothing you can do to change that.) Getting caught up in whining about how people don't like you is always going to be a losing game; focus on what you are doing right and some people will follow you. If you let jerks bring you down - what have you accomplished? (Yes, I've worked in places that were overtly discriminatory against women; that can't run your life!)
geohiker geohiker 7 years
oh boo hoo. Yes, some people hate her because she's a woman and some hate Obama because he's black - get over it. Some people are going to hate you regardless of what you do and how wonderful you are (or are not). I'm a woman (middle aged, middle class, professional) and I'm not voting for Clinton because I don't agree with her stands on the issues. I'm not "against feminism" or hating her for being female - and many people not voting for her are like me. (Some are jerks and voting against her for dumb reasons; some people are just jerks - nothing you can do to change that.)Getting caught up in whining about how people don't like you is always going to be a losing game; focus on what you are doing right and some people will follow you. If you let jerks bring you down - what have you accomplished? (Yes, I've worked in places that were overtly discriminatory against women; that can't run your life!)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
I can't tell you how many times in my life I have heard that we can't have a woman president because of pms. The joke always varies and the punchline changes, but it is always about women and hormones. And I agree 100% with harmony. Non employee related sexism, ageism, and fatism are the only legal and socially acceptable forms of discrimination around. It is sad.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I feel like my wife and I are 20 million in debt. Children are worth it though....
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
the woman is 20 million in debt if thats not a case of being a typical female than i dont know what is............
lula29 lula29 7 years
"Lula: so because she comes from power and privelege she deserves sexist remarks? That doesn't make sense to me." No one deserves it and they've all gotten it from the press. Hillary Clinton has not been singled out due to her sex to be trashed especially and the idea that she has been is ludicrious. If anything, due to her powerful connections in the press Hillary has gotten away with not having to answer for some major issues, one being the Mark Penn issue of which she was allowed to get off by answering "How many angels dance on the head of a pen", laugh and then walk away without a bit more of explanation. She's been tapped lightly on the hand when it comes to issues that should be investigated because of the Clinton name and the powerful friends she has in media. She is nobody's victim.
lula29 lula29 7 years
"Lula: so because she comes from power and privelege she deserves sexist remarks? That doesn't make sense to me."No one deserves it and they've all gotten it from the press. Hillary Clinton has not been singled out due to her sex to be trashed especially and the idea that she has been is ludicrious. If anything, due to her powerful connections in the press Hillary has gotten away with not having to answer for some major issues, one being the Mark Penn issue of which she was allowed to get off by answering "How many angels dance on the head of a pen", laugh and then walk away without a bit more of explanation. She's been tapped lightly on the hand when it comes to issues that should be investigated because of the Clinton name and the powerful friends she has in media. She is nobody's victim.
hotstuff hotstuff 7 years
I don't know I just feel that she is the type to do anything to win even when everything proves she can't. I really feel like she has something up her sleeves to steal this away. Any way you look at it she can't win, it just doesn't make sense. The only thing that does make sense is that she's just continuing with this to pay her debt off because if she quits she'll have to pay out of her own pocket.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
Kastarte, don't worry. Rueters said Obama is polling 8 points ahead of McCain nationally now. He has a Cuban rally in Florida on Friday, so they will get to know more about what he is about. Things are moving along. :) As long as Hillary keeps things respectful, that is.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
She is still fund raising to make up her debt. She will be saying that she will take it to the convention publicly until 5 seconds before she announces she is dropping out. Even Romney supporters thought they were going to a rally when he announced his bow. I think after June 3rd her options will be clear, and I don't think she would risk her family's entire legacy on doing this. If she took it to the convention, neither Democrat would win, both sides would be too bitter. Obama supporters don't poll pouty right now, but take it to the convention and rip it from his hands and I think it would be a different situation. I think she has the wisdom to be graceful after June 3rd. I hope I am not over estimating her.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
She is still fund raising to make up her debt. She will be saying that she will take it to the convention publicly until 5 seconds before she announces she is dropping out. Even Romney supporters thought they were going to a rally when he announced his bow. I think after June 3rd her options will be clear, and I don't think she would risk her family's entire legacy on doing this. If she took it to the convention, neither Democrat would win, both sides would be too bitter. Obama supporters don't poll pouty right now, but take it to the convention and rip it from his hands and I think it would be a different situation. I think she has the wisdom to be graceful after June 3rd. I hope I am not over estimating her.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Her last name is the only reason party leaders are allowing this to continue. When John McCain is signing in on Inauguration Day, who will we blame? Howard Dean? Al Gore? HRC? Somebody has got to put a stop to this so we have a chance in the fall.
hotstuff hotstuff 7 years
Everybody is so damn afraid of the Clintons that they aren't doing anything but the superdelegates are going to have to end up forcing her out! Leave if up to the democrats to possibly lose an election which should have been so freaking easy to win! We're in a pointless war, gas prices increase DAILY, oil at $133.00 a barrel and climbing, housing market in the tank, foreclosers left and right, people losing their jobs, companies closing, people can't get credit, houses and cars not selling, and the democrats might actually F this up! I mean, I can't imagine why ANYONE would vote republican in this state that the country is in, sorry republicans but I just can't see it, then you have democrats hating on each other and actualy saying they will vote McCain? This is a mess.
hotstuff hotstuff 7 years
Now reports are saying she wants to take this to the CONVENTION! What is she doing to the party??? If she doesn't get the Fl and Mich delegates she's gonna take it to the convention....but even if she DOES get these delegates she STILL wouldn't win! I bet ANY amount of money if this situation were reversed and Obama was doing this he would have been forced out LOOOOONG ago!!!
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
hotstuff, She might have had one tooth. I actually felt bad for her because obviously CNN just showed that clip so we could all mock her. Which I have. Repeatedly. "It's in the BIBLE!" But I used her as an example because this is a sentiment that is alive and well. Even in some people with full sets of teeth. :)
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
hotstuff,She might have had one tooth. I actually felt bad for her because obviously CNN just showed that clip so we could all mock her. Which I have. Repeatedly. "It's in the BIBLE!" But I used her as an example because this is a sentiment that is alive and well. Even in some people with full sets of teeth. :)
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
UnDave, Of course she only cares about the "disenfranchisement" because she's losing. She's clinging to hope because she doesn't want to give up her dream of being the first woman president. It's sad. Plus those two states play into her swing vote argument. "I can win in Michigan! When my oppentent isn't on the ballot!" Everytime I hear one of her supporters use that argument, I laugh. It doesn't make her look strong, it just makes her look like she's better than nothing. I'm also very amused by their new popular vote math, conviently leaving out caucus states she lost and including Florida and Michigan. Unfortunately, the longer and harder she fights for those two states, the deeper voter resentment in Florida and Michigan will be and they will blame Obama and the democrats. As a person who just wants to see a Dem win in November, this worries me.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
UnDave,Of course she only cares about the "disenfranchisement" because she's losing. She's clinging to hope because she doesn't want to give up her dream of being the first woman president. It's sad. Plus those two states play into her swing vote argument. "I can win in Michigan! When my oppentent isn't on the ballot!" Everytime I hear one of her supporters use that argument, I laugh. It doesn't make her look strong, it just makes her look like she's better than nothing. I'm also very amused by their new popular vote math, conviently leaving out caucus states she lost and including Florida and Michigan. Unfortunately, the longer and harder she fights for those two states, the deeper voter resentment in Florida and Michigan will be and they will blame Obama and the democrats. As a person who just wants to see a Dem win in November, this worries me.
hotstuff hotstuff 7 years
"There was a woman from Kentucky interviewed on CNN the other day who when asked about Clinton loudly declared "It's in the Bible! A woman's place is in the home!" I saw this woman, and she also looked like she had no teeth!
hotstuff hotstuff 7 years
"There was a woman from Kentucky interviewed on CNN the other day who when asked about Clinton loudly declared "It's in the Bible! A woman's place is in the home!"I saw this woman, and she also looked like she had no teeth!
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
I know that sexism exist in this campaign. There was a woman from Kentucky interviewed on CNN the other day who when asked about Clinton loudly declared "It's in the Bible! A woman's place is in the home!" However, I find it hard to agrue that it is a major problem for Hilary when not only does she gains sympathy in the form of votes for every sexist remark made and uses sexism as a motivator for her campaign. Last night she clearly said in her victory speech that women were supporting her in her goal to break the highest hardest glass ceiling. During a debate in New Hampshire when asked how she would bring change, she said just her being president would be change because the US has never had a woman president. She earns empathy on the trail by asking "do you know how hard it is for a woman to say she is the best at anything?" She tells anecdotes about supporters of hers who were born before women had the right to vote. She may be a "victim" of sexist remarks, but she's using it as a tool. She would be stupid not to use it to her advantage and I would bet money she has women voting for her who don't necessarily agree with her policies, just because they want to see a woman, any woman, running this country.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
I know that sexism exist in this campaign. There was a woman from Kentucky interviewed on CNN the other day who when asked about Clinton loudly declared "It's in the Bible! A woman's place is in the home!"However, I find it hard to agrue that it is a major problem for Hilary when not only does she gains sympathy in the form of votes for every sexist remark made and uses sexism as a motivator for her campaign. Last night she clearly said in her victory speech that women were supporting her in her goal to break the highest hardest glass ceiling. During a debate in New Hampshire when asked how she would bring change, she said just her being president would be change because the US has never had a woman president. She earns empathy on the trail by asking "do you know how hard it is for a woman to say she is the best at anything?" She tells anecdotes about supporters of hers who were born before women had the right to vote.She may be a "victim" of sexist remarks, but she's using it as a tool. She would be stupid not to use it to her advantage and I would bet money she has women voting for her who don't necessarily agree with her policies, just because they want to see a woman, any woman, running this country.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
Also I'm not saying that she's not winning because of sexism. I'm saying that she has been a victim of sexism just as Obama has been a victim of racism. I think that the question is it sexist OR racist is ridiculous. It's both.
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