Girl, you will never be good enough

It was not only Hillary Clinton's loss that is reflective of misogyny, it is also Donald Trump’s victory.

Written by Tarishi Verma | Updated: November 10, 2016 11:57 am
Hillary Clinton, Clinton, Clinton votes, Hillary Clinton news, US election, US election results, Hillary Clinton speech, Clinton speech, Trump, Donald Trump news, Donald Trump votes Hillary Clinton, as she addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the US election at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 9, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

In the year of black swans, the US Presidential election result is being put through intense analysis and scrutiny: did the polls go wrong, did the media go wrong, was it Hillary Clinton, was it the Democrats?

While I’m positive that parts of all these went wrong – the media in hoisting Clinton and treating Donald Trump’s supporters like a “basket of deplorables”, Clinton in placing her bets entirely on the non-White supremacist voters and the minorities, a group that many news outlets claim don’t always have a high voter turnout – a huge part of this rests with misogyny.

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At this point, it doesn’t matter to me – and possibly to most women – if you call us ‘feminazis’. As a feminist, I’m appalled that Hillary Rodham Clinton did not become the first woman president of the most powerful country in the world. I do not live in the country. I will probably not be affected by the outcome. But to a woman, the elections result sends out just one message – you are never good enough.

A competent woman losing out to an incompetent man is an everyday reality for most women at their workplaces. Various reasons are cited for it, all relating to her bodily functions or emotions or capabilities that are simply unseen. For Clinton, however, it was her corruption. Those who oppose her cite her corrupt run in the government, her lies, her emails as valid enough reasons to not support her. They stand completely true. And, pay attention, just like any other politician in any part of the world, Hillary Clinton was corrupt, probably lied a lot of times, and her emails were cleared by the FBI so one can do away with that reason altogether. She was just like any other politician.

The voters may have expected out of her a puerile being, with a halo above the head and motherly wings, promising to nurture the people. Well, Clinton was a far cry from that. She was headstrong and decisive, qualities we still cannot attribute to femininity. Indeed, her years of experience in the government and four years as secretary of state got noticed as “bad experience” thanks to her opponent.

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She may have been unlikeable to some of the voters. As it often happens in politics and with leaders, we’re unhappy with their terms and don’t choose them. However, at this point, her opponent came with less to zero experience, with a terrific history of racism and misogyny that vilified the hatred of many other Americans and continues to do so, now with more vigour, and yet, the woman was not good enough. It was not only her loss that is reflective of misogyny, it is also Donald Trump’s victory.

She lost out to a man who was not even remotely as good as her. But her run becomes uninspirational to the many girls and women aspiring for higher positions if you tell those women that Clinton should never have run in the first place. Tell her where she went wrong instead of telling her that her replacement, a man, would have been better for the party. Analyse the faults of her campaign, instead of showing how her replacement, a man, would have turned the election round. The polls are anyway the least trustworthy at this point. Instead of speculating on the outcomes of yet another man’s supremacy over a woman, it may do well to understand how she went wrong as a politician.

If we need to salvage the good out of this democratic but disastrous outcome, the least the world could do is to not negate her entire run. Serve it as an example on how to be leader not as a bad example of how women shouldn’t run.

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    Rajeswaran CS
    Nov 11, 2016 at 12:58 am
    Sorry, I disagree. lt;br/gt;Hillary was fighting against Trump who is nearly not as good as her - your analysis cannot be more incorrect. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Plain and simple - Hillary was the most corrupt person to ever run for presidency in US(and mind you we don't hear lot of politicians as corrupt in US like in India); Trump was a very dissed film business man, reality show star with no political background but lot of charisma to connect with common people.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Hillary was asking vote "I Am a woman, so vote for me". On the other hand Trumps stand was "I will do this, I will do that, I will make America Great again". And Hillary was backing Obamas failed policy while Trump was100% against it.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Honestly Hillary did not have a chance but for the corrupt US media which was desperate to see Hillary as the president.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The result might have surprised the entire world, but not me.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is not about man or woman, it is about the most suitable person. American people could not have given a better verdict..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Regardslt;br/gt;Raj
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      DK
      Nov 10, 2016 at 11:58 am
      I think its inappropriate to look at this win and loss thru the prism of gender. It was about issues and perdonalities. Its such coloured view which gosters gender divide. Even in normal work place after initial settling down body and emotions are no longer primary. I think men need to stop looking at such events from a narrow gender view.
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        Ram
        Nov 15, 2016 at 7:35 am
        The author wants a corrupt lieing dishonest women as the first women President. May be it is because she represents the women better.
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          Ram
          Nov 15, 2016 at 2:46 pm
          Competent women best by incompetent men???? Look around 99 percent of things around you were built by men . So you are one such women who say you are equal to men but look for a share of his income because you say you are weak to stand on your own legs.If I were a women I would stand on my own legs and would feel insulted insulted when they say hillary should be voted for because she has a reproductive organ of a women. I would stand on my own legs and won't ask for money to depend on my husband even during and after divorce. This Indian feminism is all about gaining more undeserved privileges by tying them with children. Shame shame
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            Mukherjee
            Nov 11, 2016 at 1:35 pm
            Your logic is fatally flawed. Hillary was a compromised candidate from the beginning. The electorate saw her as a Queen. She had a sense of enlement - since Bill became the president it was for her turn to break the gl ceiling. She is perceived by people as somebody for whom rules do not exist. That is what incensed the common man and woman in the US. Actually having a compeive woman candidate would have been a welcome change.
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              Amit Krandoo
              Nov 11, 2016 at 7:12 pm
              Grow out of your feminist shoes. The voters vote against Hilary not for Trumph and it had little to do with gender.
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                Anurag Parashar
                Nov 16, 2016 at 2:30 am
                It is simply a win for conservatives and the right wing and an aversion to the liberal elite which seems to have become a global phenomena. If Hillary Clinton was standing from the Republican side, no one could stop her from winning. Theresa May in these very times became the head of UK, another powerful state, because she represented the Conservative party.lt;br/gt;Your line of thinking is very narrow and based around gender lines solely. There is no insutionalized form of thinking that says "Let's not vote for her because she is a woman, although she represents what i stand for". Going by your line of thinking black men should not have voted for her but they did. So, people care about issues, not the gender of the candidate.
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                  A
                  Nov 10, 2016 at 6:22 am
                  Media has become part and parcelnof the corrupt brigade.More selfish than doing a professional job irrespective of the country
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