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The Un-empowering of Hillary Clinton

Posted By on October 12, 2017

By Tim Pierce – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52517283

Political pundits are questioning whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement about Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long sexual harassment of women was timely. Some of the right-leaning talking heads are relishing the emotional upset caused by Weinstein’s exposure. (No pun intended.) But everyone is missing something—HRC was right all along.

There is an undercurrent of gender-bias among rich, powerful, elite men, and it’s not a secret. It wasn’t a secret when Hillary Clinton’s husband, Bill Clinton, was using his position, the most powerful office in the world, for sexual gratification. It wasn’t a secret when then candidate Trump admitted that powerful men can, and do, use their position to sexually degrade women. It certainly wasn’t a secret that Harvey Weinstein, daddy moneybags himself, used his money and influence to degrade and humiliate women.

The Hollywood and D.C. elite knew about Weinstein’s perversion for years. NBC’s Emmy-winning show 30 Rock, joked about how he used his position to solicit sex from actresses, and Seth MacFarlane joked about it during the 2013 Emmys. He says now that it was out of disgust. It doesn’t change the fact that he knew, and did nothing to prevent it. Neither did anyone else in Hollywood or D.C., including the former Secretary of State, but I wouldn’t be so quick to blame her.

What people who have never been confronted with sexual harassment don’t understand is that the experience makes the woman question the value of her existence. She questions what she did that make him think she was “that kind” of woman. But the truth is, powerful men like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill Clinton, and yes, even Donald Trump, think all women are “that kind.” There’s something deep within them that only allows them to see women as sex objects, to be manhandled and manipulated. For these men, woman are either attractive, and therefore deserve to be sexually exploited, or they’re ugly and deserve to be shamed. (Remember Carly Fiorina?) It’s in this context that we should be looking at the former Secretary of State’s response, and her failure to speak up decades ago, because it’s almost a certainty that she knew about Weinstein’s sick activities.  Everyone knew.

During her campaign, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke often about empowering women, but she never confronted her own husband’s abuses, or her friend Harvey’s. Some say it’s about the money, that she couldn’t speak up without running the risk of economic harm. This is the same reason most women don’t speak up. They are dependent upon their harassers and abusers for all or part of their income, or in the case of the 13 women who came forward against Weinstein and Hillary Clinton, their careers depend on him. However, only the women who came forward can claim they are empowered. The former Secretary of State cannot make that claim. She wasn’t brave enough to come forward when it would financially affect her, neither were her elitist pals in Hollywood.

This scandal shows us the reason Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election. She is not an empowered woman. Empowered women come forward. Empowered women stand, even when they’re degraded by the elitists in the media. Mrs. Clinton couldn’t even fend off Donald Trump during the debates. In interviews promoting her book, she said that during one debate in October 2016, when he was hovering near her, she wanted to turn around and tell him to “back off, creep.” But she didn’t. That alone should signal to her that she isn’t an empowered woman. An empowered woman would’ve done it, right in front of God, the cameras, and the American people.

The fact is that Hillary Clinton was right. There is an underlying, wholly accepted culture which promotes and embraces the sexual objectification of women.  Until women are empowered enough to stand up against the powerfully perverted, none of us will ever be President of the United States.

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