Tag: Weakness

Hillary Clinton and Our Long, Sexist Tradition of Using Women’s Bodies to Disqualify them from Power

Sady Doyle, Quartz – September 18, 2016

Female bodies engaged in traditionally male occupations are always suspect, from Newt Gingrich’s infamously confusing assertionabout women in the military (“females have biological problems staying in a ditch for thirty days because they get infections”) all the way back to Victorian claims that reading too much would make women insane and infertile.

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Questions about Hillary Clinton’s Health are Soaked in Gender Bias

Ange-Marie Hancock, The Hill – September 18, 2016

The narratives surrounding Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis and her health this week have been filtered through the routine partisan lenses. Very little has been said about how her insistence on toughing it out until a sick day was unavoidable is not simply the American way, but an American woman’s way of navigating gendered health dynamics in the United States.

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