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Sexism Plus Ageism Explains Attitudes Toward Clinton

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October 18, 2016 by skokielib

The People like me that don’t really find Hillary Clinton very “flawed” compared to other politicians and Presidential candidates often wonder how it is possible that so many fail to see her strengths. The attached article provides a great look at how sexism and ageism play into Hillary Clinton’s acceptance as a candidate.

Much like racism, I’m guessing that the vast majority of it is the unintentional type where people don’t even realize they are projecting sexism and ageism. It’s like the person that knows there are good and bad people of all races, religions, and wealth. But when they see a young black man they immediately fear him. Not consciously. Not intentionally. But that doesn’t matter to the person being discriminated against.

Sure, people like Donald Trump and his racist supporters are far worse. But at the end of the day, if you’re the victim of any kind of discrimination, be it based on race, sex, age, religion, or anything else, it makes your life far harder and puts you at a very unfair disadvantage.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/hillary-clinton-is-a-68-year-old-woman-and-plenty-of-people-hate-her-for-it/2016/10/06/fac46ee8-8bd9-11e6-bf8a-3d26847eeed4_story.html?tid=hybrid_collaborative_3_na

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