Today, Hillary Clinton shifted blame for her loss away from Russia and the FBI to women, “principally white women,” in a lengthy interview with NPR. Her comments here are being described as, “the opposite of feminism,” by feminists and progressives like Emma Vigeland of The Young Turks.
NPR: You mentioned, and you spent time in the book talking about the forces you feel were working against you. You also say sexism was one of them, but you yourself, in the book, acknowledged that a good number of young women didn’t vote for you, which is presumably not a sexist choice. They just weren’t inspired by your message.
HILLARY: I think it’s a lot more complicated than that. I did win the women’s vote. I didn’t win the vote of white women…I think it’s much more difficult to unpack all of this, and with respect specifically to young women, I do think that for a lot of young women, gender is just not the motivating force that maybe it will be in the future.
….the research is absolutely definitive. The more professionally successful a man is, the more likable he is; the more professionally successful a woman is, the less likable she is.
…women will have no empathy for you, because they will be under tremendous pressure — and I’m talking principally about white women — they will be under tremendous pressure from fathers and husbands and boyfriends and male employers not to vote for “the girl.” And we saw a lot of that during the primaries from Sanders supporters, really quite vile attacks online against women who spoke out for me, as I say, one of my biggest support groups, ***Pantsuit Nation, literally had to become a private site because there was so much sexism directed their way.
Here’s a video/flash dance put together by Pantsuit Nation. Clearly not liking this (not at all awkward dance video) is sexism personified.
Sec. Clinton made similar remarks (perhaps even more degrading to women) in this interview with Vox: