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Fri Feb 26, 2016, 01:40 PM

America loves women like Hillary Clinton–as long as they’re not asking for a promotion

It’s hard to remember these days, but just a few years ago, everybody loved Hillary Rodham Clinton. When she stepped down as US secretary of state in January 2013 after four years in office, her approval rating stood at what the Wall Street Journal described as an “eye-popping” 69%. That made her not only the most popular politician in the country, but the second-most popular secretary of state since 1948.

The 2012 “Texts from Hillary” meme, which featured a sunglasses-clad Clinton scrolling through her Blackberry aboard a military flight to Libya, had given rise to a flood of think pieces hailing her “badass cool.” The Washington Post wanted president Barack Obama to give vice president Joe Biden the boot and replace him with Clinton. Taking stock of Clinton’s approval ratings, Nate Silver noted in a 2012 piece for the New York Times that she currently held “remarkably high numbers for a politician in an era when many public officials are distrusted or disliked.”

How times have changed. “The FBI And 67 Percent of Americans Distrust Hillary Clinton,” booms a recent headline in the Huffington Post. Clinton’s favorability ratings currently hover around 40.8%. Bob Woodward complains that “there is something unrelaxed about the way she is communicating.” “Hillary’s personality repels me,” Walker Bragman writes in Salon.

How can we reconcile the “unlikable” Democratic presidential candidate of today with the adored politician of recent history? It’s simple: Public opinion of Clinton has followed a fixed pattern throughout her career. Her public approval plummets whenever she applies for a new position. Then it soars when she gets the job. The wild difference between the way we talk about Clinton when she campaigns and the way we talk about her when she’s in office can’t be explained as ordinary political mud-slinging. Rather, the predictable swings of public opinion reveal Americans’ continued prejudice against women caught in the act of asking for power.


This is a great piece. Much more at link: http://qz.com/624346/america-loves-women-like-hillary-clinton-as-long-as-theyre-not-asking-for-a-promotion/

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Reply America loves women like Hillary Clinton–as long as they’re not asking for a promotion (Original post)
PeaceNikki Feb 2016 OP
DURHAM D Feb 2016 #1
PeaceNikki Feb 2016 #2
MADem Feb 2016 #3
PeaceNikki Feb 2016 #5
radical noodle Feb 2016 #4
PeaceNikki Feb 2016 #6
radical noodle Feb 2016 #7
PeaceNikki Feb 2016 #9
all american girl Feb 2016 #12
ismnotwasm Feb 2016 #8
PeaceNikki Feb 2016 #10
Codeine Feb 2016 #11

Response to PeaceNikki (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2016, 01:51 PM

1. The quotable quote -

"Her public approval plummets whenever she applies for a new position. Then it soars when she gets the job."

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 26, 2016, 01:52 PM

2. Afreakingmen.

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Response to PeaceNikki (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2016, 01:53 PM

3. "Know your place!" This shit is right on the mark.

We beg Clinton to run, and then accuse her of feeling “entitled” to win. Several feminist writers have analyzed the Clinton yo-yo. Melissa McEwan sees a deliberate pattern of humiliation, which involves “building (Clinton) up and pressuring her to take on increasingly prominent public challenges, only to immediately turn on her and unleash breathtaking misogyny against her when she steps up to the plate.”


If you find this hypothesis unlikely, there’s Ann Friedman’s explanation: Clinton makes people uncomfortable by succeeding too visibly. Clinton is trapped in “the catch-22 of female ambition,” Friedman writes: “To succeed, she needs to be liked, but to be liked, she needs to temper her success.”


It's sad that this is happening in this day and age.

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Response to MADem (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 26, 2016, 02:09 PM

5. I know, it's true, though.

And so much workplace sexism is so common that it goes unnoticed to men and many women.

It's maddening.

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Response to PeaceNikki (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2016, 02:06 PM

4. Bingo!

THIS: ".... the predictable swings of public opinion reveal Americans’ continued prejudice against women caught in the act of asking for power."

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Response to radical noodle (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 26, 2016, 02:10 PM

6. mmmm hmmm.

This article had me in agreement.

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Response to PeaceNikki (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 26, 2016, 02:13 PM

7. Great Post! Thanks! eom

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Response to radical noodle (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 26, 2016, 02:20 PM

9. My pleasure. I got it from a wonderful lady who I met here many many moons ago.

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Response to radical noodle (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 26, 2016, 04:49 PM

12. nothing else but



and you have the right avatar!!!!!!!

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Response to PeaceNikki (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2016, 02:16 PM

8. Exactly!

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Fri Feb 26, 2016, 02:38 PM

10. Jury results were PM'd to me.

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Response to PeaceNikki (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 26, 2016, 04:02 PM

11. On the text of the alert alone

Skinner would be justified in banhammering that person. What a petty, mean-spirited alert.

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