Author: Kelly Dittmar

The Gender Conversation Continues

In April 2015, we launched Presidential Gender Watch 2016 with the mission to track, analyze, and illuminate gender dynamics in the presidential election. For nineteen months, we did that work with help from expert scholars and practitioners. We raised questions, provided answers, and sought to complicate any simplifications in popular discussions about gender’s role in the presidential race. We were not alone. Multiple media outlets, individual journalists, and political commentators – and even some candidates – grappled with gender in more complex and nuanced ways this year than in elections past. This is not only an intellectual win, but marks institutional progress.

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#SignedByTrump Photo Series Show Donald Trump’s Sexist Comments on Women’s Bodies

Andrew Russell, Global News – December 13, 2016

Aria Watson, an 18-year-old student at Clatsop Community College, created the photos as a final project for her photography class. Titled #SignedbyTrump, the series highlights the president-elect’s notorious history of crude and sexist comments.

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Madonna and Hillary: ‘Witch’ and ‘Nasty Woman’ as Sisters in Arms

Caryn Ganz and Patrick Healy, New York Times – December 11, 2016

Madonna and Mrs. Clinton: both trailblazers, both polarizing figures, and both attacked for actions, choices and behavior that are broadly accepted — even applauded — when done by their male peers. Madonna herself made a connection between the two women before her speech Friday, saying it was “really important to make a stand and speak my mind” about women’s rights after Mrs. Clinton’s loss in November.

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‘Your Uteruses Will be Fine’: Hannity on the ‘Collective Freakout’ over Trump’s Win

Fox News – December 9, 2016

In his opening monologue on Thursday’s edition of “Hannity,” Sean said that the left-wing reaction to Trump’s victory “is now reaching mind-numbing levels.” The host cited stories of Washington D.C. women cutting and dyeing their hair “because they want to feel empowered in order to oppose president-elect Trump.” Hannity also noted that a public relations firm founded by CNN “radical” pundit Van Jones is “working with Republican Electoral College electors who plan on voting against Donald Trump on Dec. 19.”

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Are Black Women Too Critical of Pantsuit Nation?

Samara Lynn, Black Enterprise – December 9, 2016

The group dynamics have changed. What once was more of a political group has turned into mostly postings about random acts of kindness and deeds to offset racism, homophobia, and other ugliness group members witness on a daily basis.

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Meet the Real ‘Left Behind’ Voters: Black Women

Kristin Seefeldt, Newsweek – December 9, 2016

Some 93 percent of black women voted for Hillary Clinton, but the women I spoke to also felt forgotten by the government and left behind by economic change. They have been abandoned by those hallmark institutions of the American dream that once promised a gateway into the middle-class—good jobs, home ownership, and post-secondary education—in spite of a public narrative that perhaps America has heaped “too much” help onto them. In fact, my research showed the opposite.

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Trump says Person of the Year Title is ‘Politically Correct’

Chris Isidore, CNN Money – December 9, 2016

On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump said it was “a very, very great honor” to be named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. By Thursday night, he was riffing about how the title is politically correct. “They used to call it Man of the Year, but they can’t do that anymore,” he told a rally in Iowa. “They call it Person. They want to be politically correct. That’s OK.”

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Trump’s Labor Secretary Pick: “I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis”

Emily Crockett, Vox – December 9, 2016

Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which operates Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. For the last decade or so, Carl’s Jr. has been known for running controversial TV ads featuring models eating hamburgers in various gross, oversexed ways.

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