Hillary Clinton and Julia Gillard: How the Media Shape our View of Leaders as ‘Women’

Ana Stevenson, Conversation US – August 21, 2016

Just as Australian journalists derided Gillard for supposedly “playing the gender card”, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has accused Clinton – his opponent in November – of playing the “woman’s card”. This can be contextualised in terms of the feminist theory of post-feminism. When male politicians speak of women in such ways, they normalise masculinity while foregrounding the supposed insignificance of gender. This renders gender absolutely central to political debate.

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