Right after the 2016 election, liberals collectively (and justifiably) lost their shit. They started clinging to any explanation of how we got here–and who was to blame–even if it didn’t really make much sense. They blamed the economic anxiety of poor whites, even though fear of racial diversity predicted a vote for Trump far more reliably than any economic factor. They bought into the hysteria about the “liberal echo chamber” to the point that the New York Times felt pressured to overcorrect and hire an illogical conservative who can’t even accept the word of 99% of scientists. But most curiously, liberals completely forgot that oppressed groups are not monoliths, and that individual members can be just as racist/sexist/anything-ist as your average old white man.
Case in point: this article from the feminist site Jezebel that ran the day after the election, which claimed that the fact that white people overwhelmingly voted for Trump proved that white supremacy is alive and well. So far, so good. But then, there was this little gem:
This is not about how much America hates women or how sexist America is, because it’s clear that white women helped facilitate Trump’s win. The majority of them, who cared more about maintaining their privilege than their freedom to choose, used minorities as sacrificial property in the process.
I call all of the bullshit on this. Did white women vote for Donald Trump in order to maintain white supremacy in this country? Yes, most likely. Should they be held accountable for their collective racism? Absolutely. Does any of this mean that the election wasn’t at all about sexism or, even more ridiculously, that America doesn’t hate women? Literally zero percent.
The fact that white women voted for Trump doesn’t change the fact that millions of people voted for a man who bragged about committing sexual assault. Even if racism was a more prominent factor in this election (which it almost certainly was), for 46% of American voters, blatant misogyny wasn’t a dealbreaker. The fact that white women voted to preserve their race privilege doesn’t do a damn thing to change that.
I already ranted in my last post that minorities were born into the same society as everyone else, and so are (almost) just as likely to have internalized prejudice. In the same vein, anti-feminist women have been fighting against their own progress just as long as feminist women have been fighting for it. From Phyllis Schlafly to Ann Coulter to Tomi Lahren, there has always been an intelligent, articulate, perfectly-coiffed woman who served as the far-right’s token mouthpiece, and used their elevated position to argue against equality for their own gender. Continue reading “Curious why 53% of white women voted for Trump? Look no further than Serena-Joy”