Like any right thinking human, I find Donald Trump absolutely abhorrent. His insistence that sexual assault is just “locker room talk” doesn’t have a single shred of justification. We know what locker room talk is, it’s crass but we have all done it and do – women included. Sexual assault and rape is not it.
I’ve been following the Presidential debates but I haven’t followed most of the campaign. What concerns me is that Hilary Clinton is doing everything she can to appeal to the woman’s vote – naturally. However, as gender politics in the USA concerns me deeply. I think it is at a very toxic place and neither side can claim a lack of guilt, total innocence or that the other side is totally responsible. MRAs and feminists are fuel for each other’s fires which is why I keep out and remain equally critical of both sides, as much as some of my readers and comments don’t like it.
Something struck me the other day about how this election is framed from a gender perspective. In the last debate, Clinton focused heavily on “Trump’s treatment of women”, pointing out everything he had done, said or acted upon. From a European perspective, continually pointing out Trump’s misogyny is (naturally) trying to destroy his reputation as a presidential candidate. In the end, it may be that he destroys his own campaign. From a male perspective, it seems she is relying heavily on “Man Guilt”. I have to ask the question “what is Hilary Clinton doing to appeal to men who are not feminists?”
Trump does not speak for me, my male friends or family members and I doubt he speaks for the majority of American men either. So I have to ask, what exactly is Hilary Clinton doing to appeal to the male vote? You might argue that she doesn’t need to do so because Trump is destroying his own campaign, but all that does is give the majority of men a reason to vote for someone other than Trump. It doesn’t give them a reason to vote for Clinton besides “she’s not Donald Trump”.
As the UK has learnt in the last few years, politicians should never underestimate the power of the protest vote. The rise of UKIP and now this disastrous move to leave the European Union is the result of politician complacency, leaving some groups feeling ignored and disenfranchised and willing to shit in their own beds to prove a point.
Assuming that Hilary Clinton is going to win this, she has an opportunity to reach out the olive branch – to create a presidency for everyone. She has an opportunity to prevent female supremacists in the feminist movement to claim victory. Hilary Clinton needs more than appealing to “Man Guilt” to carry this. She needs to encourage men to understand that she is not their enemy.