It is unfair to fully attribute Hilary Clinton’s US loss to sexism. However, it is equally unjust to say that it didn’t play a role in the recent United States presidential election.
In the present society, especially in the political setting, sexism is just lurking in every corner. Most people might try to conceal the notion that subordination to women is highly-acceptable; however, in political matters like nationwide polls, prejudice to women could easily erupt.
It is true that Clinton’s candidacy was tainted with issues on her private email server during her term as Secretary of State, her undisclosed pneumonia diagnosis, and her role in the Benghazi assault. But, her candidacy against Donald Trump struggled more because she happens to be a woman.
The American politics seems to be not ready for a setting with women superiority despite Clinton’s political experience.
People who condemn sexism turned to social media to voice out their protest against Trump’s victory over Clinton, which for them, greatly involves gender inequality.
Sad truth is
Racism will always exist
Sexism will always exist
In some form or another
People are pricks man, you can't change it.
— Dexter Manning (@DexterJManning) November 10, 2016
how nice it must be to think racism, sexism, sexual assault, homophobia, and transphobia are fake because you don't experience them.
— KELSEY (@vegbarbie) November 10, 2016
On another note, I dont think white people realize that this isn't just another President. This election affirms racism and sexism in the US
— Stephen Gomez (@stephen_james) November 10, 2016
I am not crying because Hillary Clinton has lost. I am crying because rasicm, sexism, rape, hate, fear and terror has won.#TrumpPresident
— J. (@xthankyouharryx) November 9, 2016
Now they'll like Hillary – once she has no chance at power. That's how sexism works.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) November 9, 2016
It appears the final glass ceiling for women will not be broken just yet.
— Ces Oreña-Drilon (@cesdrilon) November 9, 2016
Every possible thing sexism can do, it has done to break Hillary Clinton. She never broke. She's here. I will always love and admire that.
— Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle) November 9, 2016
I'm getting tired of people telling others to just 'accept it'. Sorry, bigots, WE don't accept sexism or racism. It's sad that you do.
— Not My President (@MadamClinton) November 11, 2016
— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) November 9, 2016
muslims filipinos africans mexicans stand tall don`t let racism and sexism affect us god allah will always be on our side
— marian aquino bruno (@marianbruno214) November 10, 2016
This social norm of inequality based on gender is truly difficult to break. Most people are still traditional when it comes to their perception of roles in the society.
Men are usually afraid of being overpowered by women. This resentment against female empowerment only creates political and cultural turmoil in the society, which hinders personal and communal growth.
In the Philippines, men are also seen as the dominant ones. Women need to conform to the rules set by men.
The late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago ran as president thrice; however, she lost the fight. She might have been one of the greatest leaders of the country because of her competence in leadership and political capabilities. She served as immigration commissioner, agrarian reform secretary, and a senator for three terms.
She authored bills such as Reproductive Health Law, Sin Tax Law, and the Magna Carta of Women. Despite her good record in the government, she never made it to presidency.
Sexism may or may not be the main cause why she did not win in those elections. But in a country that is patriarchal and conservative in nature, men still reign as leaders. It may be true that equal opportunity is given to women but it is not really equivalent to equal treatment.
This problem can still be solved if people will address this as a social dilemma and accept the reality that men and women are equal in all forms.
Women now can hold office. Some of them might not be triumphant enough but these incidents should not stop them in improving and empowering themselves.
If there will be another woman candidate, show some support and give her a chance to stand through her principles.
Turning to one of the most remarkable lines from the hit American TV series, Grey’s Anatomy:
“In this world, where men are bigger, stronger, faster, if you’re not ready to fight, the silence will kill you. Don’t let fear keep you quiet. You have a voice. So use it. Speak up. Raise your hands. Shout your answers. Make yourself heard. Whatever it takes. Just find your voice and when you do, fill the damn silence.”
Do not leave anyone behind. Give everyone a space in this world. Let’s break that highest glass ceiling, and let’s do it soon. (Anna Felicia Bajo)