Question: How Much Did Misogyny Cripple Hillary Clinton's Historic Campaign?

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While Barack Obama plays host to "spectacular" crowds across the Pacific Northwest, the post-mortems on Hillary Clinton have begun in earnest… and the verdict is that misogyny has been a contributing, if not fatal, factor in her presidential campaign. Jodi Kantor made the front page of the Times today with her report on the gender discrimination directed at Clinton's campaign; that story follows a similarly-themed essay by Peggy Orenstein in yesterday's Times Magazine and a more forward-looking accompaniment in the paper's 'Week in Review' section. There was the AP report about disgusted Clinton supporters and Blake Fleetwood's protest against "ugly sexist vilification" of the candidate in the Huffington Post. And then there was Julia Keller, who, in yesterday's Chicago Tribune, raged against the "appalling preponderance of violent, death-infused imagery in conversations about Clinton", calling them "an unprecedented public call… for a person's death."

Although I think the jury is still out as to how much sexism (or "misogny" or "gender discrimination" - whatever you want to call it) contributed to the probable-failure of Clinton's campaign, Keller's suggestion that Barack Obama loudly and publicly condemn the sexist attacks against his opponent was notable in that she made no room for the possibility that Senator Clinton should do the same.

Devil In A Pantsuit Or The Demonization Of Hillary Clinton [Chicago Tribune]

As Clinton's Hopes Dim, Gender Issue Lives On [NY Times]

The Hillary Lesson [NY Times]

Who Will Be Hillary Clinton's Successor? [NY Times]

Clinton's Female Fans Wonder What If - And When [AP]

Powerful Video Of The Ugly Sexist Vilification Of Hillary Clinton [Huffington Post]

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@LouWeed: Oh no, I think you misunderstand me. I don't think Obama voters are inherently misogynists. Just like I don't think HRC supporters are inherently racists. I know a lot of Obama supporters who still like Clinton, they just like Obama more, or who DON'T like Clinton, and they have ACTUAL reasons to back it up.

So long as someone who doesn't like HRC can give me a lefitimate reason for their dislike, I have NO problem with it. More often than not, however, I get "I just don't like her" and I think those people base that statement on a perhaps unrecognized sexism/misogyny.