I’m having a hard time thinking or writing about anything other than what happened last night. I will try to frame this in a way to not EXPLICITLY state my own political opinion, but even I know that is difficult at this point.
Regardless of the outcome of the election, I think we can all agree that one of the major themes throughout was how this country perceives women. The chapter on Cybill and liberal feminism in The Sitcom Reader states that the show aims to “portray both how far women have come and how great the distance remains for women to achieve parity with men” (p. 202). The fact that HRC was the first female major party nominee in 240 years does show how far women have come, and is a great accomplishment in and of itself. I don’t think the fact that she lost alone speaks to how far women have to go – I think the fact that half the country believed in and supported an opponent with such a tumultuous past with women speaks to where the country stands in terms of feminism.
Women were not the only issue in this election, and Trump’s comments about them were not the only deciding factor in electing him President. But it really does make you wonder how the outcome might have been different if his opponent were a man. If Mitt Romney had made openly and explicitly racist comments against African Americans in general and his opponent specifically, would we have seen a similar divide? Would Obama have won? Just something to think about. Hope everyone’s alright.