I’m with Hillary

Published: October 20, 2016

The female populous should be rejoicing, it’s taken far longer than warranted for a woman to get this close to the oval office. PHOTO: TWITTER

When Barack Obama was elected as the President of the United States, I remember watching in awe; not just because of his oratory skills, but because there was finally a black president. Eight years on, this is another historic moment, because for the first time the United States stands to have a female president.

The female populous should be rejoicing, it’s taken far longer than warranted for a woman to get this close to the oval office. But rather than rejoicing, I find myself recoiling time and time again. Post yesterday’s debate, opinion polls pit Hillary as the winner with 52% of the votes – but to be honest, that’s pretty dismal given her opponent. I won’t even bother addressing his flippant foreign policy statements or his tax evasion; what I find myself routinely disgusted by, on a very fundamental level, are his derogatory, misogynistic remarks about women.

Women have come out with stories detailing his abuse, and not just his ex-wife in her biography; a journalist who sat on a plane next to him has openly spoken of his mistreatment towards her while seated next to him. Mr Trump shows no respite for his actions, and is blatantly accused of showing complete disregard for a woman’s access to public space. It’s a case of his wealth and his ‘manhood’ elevating him above her. Still, there remains a whopping 40 something percent of Americans that could potentially vote for him. The Republican Party toting all their conservative, Christian family values has let him get this far.

Donald Jr defended his father in public saying that his derogatory comments about women should be accepted, and people should dually have sympathy for him and identify with him because it made him ‘more human’. To view half the population as less than you, to objectify them and make inflammatory comments about them is far from humane – it’s the opposite.

The often repeated dialogue of wondering how he would feel if it was his daughter, mother, wife shouldn’t even matter – to be honest I find that argument a little ridiculous, you shouldn’t have to situationally contextualise offensive behaviour to realise it’s unacceptable. The measurement of your humanity comes from how you treat those that you have no relations to, proving Trump’s complete lack of humanity. Mr Trump, his family members, and his supporters are normalising the rhetoric and female experiences, that women like Hillary have worked their whole lives hoping to override. We’ve come too far to re-normalise inequality based on gender and allow the flaunting of male privilege on an international reaching platform.

The Hillary versus Trump election however, is also particularly troubling because it makes me realise that while a female President of the United States is possible in the very near future, there are still the Trumps of this world and even more troubling so, those who support them that are openly willing to ignore essentially what is gender based racism. Hillary may just shatter, perhaps what has been thought of as the final glass ceiling, but I wonder for every ceiling shattered if there are people who try and piece it back together.

Although on a more optimistic note, I suppose once something breaks – it can never be quite the same again, despite the attempts.

#I’mWithHer #AndImNotEvenAmerican

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Zahra Jooma

Zahra Jooma

The author studied Political Science, with minors in History and Human Rights at the University of Chicago. She tweets @JoomaZahra

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • curious2

    Both Hillary and Trump are disliked by the majority of the American public – that should tell you something. American’s consider Hillary dishonest (for good reasons) and believe that Trump doesn’t have the temperament/experience for the job (for good reasons). I have no doubt that if the USA election system allowed for “none of the above” on the ballot that it would win by a landslide.Recommend

  • curious2

    I suspect most of the Hillary promoters are voting for her because they consider her a better alternative between two lousy candidates. Have yet to have a conversation with any Hillary or Trump supporter which didn’t quickly resort into how bad the other candidate was rather than debating the pros/cons of their own candidate. Hillary is a crook – and that deficiency is hard to ignore. Trump has ego issues and his knowledge of World political issues is pathetic. Both candidate won’t help the USA or the World in the issues we all face.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Professor Allan Lichtman has predicted all 8 elections from 1984 correctly and he says Trump will win in 2016…….it looks highly unlikely.
    A small sad story is that when an early voter was asked who he voted for he said ‘ he just could not bring himself to vote for Trump ‘….. he could have said ‘ because he liked Hillary ‘ but he did not ……. gives one a small idea of the quandary agitating the minds of the American voter.Recommend

  • MR.X

    Your logic summarised: shes a woman it would be great if she is a president…

    Common sense:Wiki leaks exposed her badly, Proofs against her, her constant lying,Why listen to a liar and say its about gender equality??get a life..women are not entitled to special treatment.Recommend

  • jay west

    You are not even American. Worry about your own country which is in bad shape. Recommend

  • buga

    MMM – who’s pulling the Gender Card on this election? The women who accused the women who were abused by her husband .. or the Man who is accused of making sexist gestures back in the day when those gestures were acceptable/common? No clean hands here.Recommend

  • zafars

    And I am with Trump.Recommend

  • asad rizvi

    Trump poses no Threat to Pakistan. In today’s Tribune, the paper has already published an article, Trump offering help to Pakistan in making peace.
    And why Trump is a better bet for Pakistan is in my blog if Tribune allow readers to read my blog, here is the link.


  • Milind A

    Exactly!!! Don’t understand why Muslims just judge a person by the speeches or whatever the press feeds them.. If the press demonizes Trump as anti-Muslim, all Muslims fall hook, sinker & line to that Islamophobia theme. The same behaviour was seen in India, when certain anti-nationals tried hard to paint Modi as anti-Muslim. Initially Muslims succumbed to that drivel, however fortunately found their feet in 2014 and voted for him. Till today no anti-Muslim act has occurred under this Govt.Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    I bet that Hillary will be the next President of the USA and rightly so for her 30 years experience. I have never come across a tougher individual with such an energy and passion for public service. Thanks to her that the wikileak master has been exposed spreadig lies to influence the elections favouring the insane goon who more or less hates every thing around him. The USA does not deserve to go down so rapidly with Trumps occupying the white house.

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  • Rex Minor

    Till today no anti-Muslim act has occurred under this Govt.

    You reckon that the military violence unleashed against kashmiri civilians and the declaration that Kashmir is no longer an occupied territory but an integral part of India, is a friendly act of Modi Sarkar. India under Modi is on the path to implosion.

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