Much has been made recently about Donald Trump’s comments concerning Hillary Clinton supposedly playing the “woman’s card.” It’s a clear indication that Trump feels she’s trying to play up the fact that she’s a woman as some sort of advantage.
After all, as a rich, straight white Christian male, Donald Trump certainly knows about having to contend against someone who has a massive advantage over him, right? It must be terrible to be forced to overcome such “burdens” compared to a woman who has that magical “woman’s card” to use to her advantage.
So, as a straight, white Christian male (though not even close to being rich), I thought I’d like to “play the woman’s card” a bit myself.
Let’s start out with making less than a man for the same job. That’s definitely one of the “perks” of being a woman, right? Nothing quite like, in 2016, still having to fight for the right just to be paid the same as a man for doing the same damn job.
Then there’s always that amazing benefit to the “woman’s card” where the government tries to tell you what you can or cannot do with your own body. That sounds awesome. Just think, no more having to worry about that pesky thing like whether or not I want to have full control over what happens with my body – the government can continue to attempt to try to control that for me.
Though when playing the “woman’s card,” I can’t forget about the blatant sexism women endure related to their looks. It must be amazing for a female politician to have her hairstyle or what she wore during a speech scrutinized while the appearance of their male counterparts goes almost completely ignored. It must truly be an “honor” to live in a world with such double-standards.
But I can’t forget about the “awesome” sexism that goes into how women are generally viewed. When us white males speak forcefully, loudly or with a purpose, we’re often dismissed as being passionate, confident or commanding. Who wants that? I would much rather be called things like “loud,” “moody” or “on edge” whenever I happen to speak impassioned about something.
And I couldn’t forgive myself if I didn’t include the way women are often talked down to by men. Nothing says “woman’s card” quite like enjoying a lengthy and condescending diatribe from a man who believes because he has a penis that he’s somehow superior. As a white male, I cannot fathom how amazing that must feel to be subjected to that level of degradation on an almost daily basis.
To say nothing about the systematic societal hurdles that the “woman’s card” provides female to give them the power to often have to work much harder than men to achieve the same level of success. After all, without that “woman’s card,” clearly women wouldn’t have the ability to be nearly as successful. Meanwhile, us males simply have to use the same bland, boring and ordinary benefits that have been around for centuries that often make our path to success much simpler.
I could provide a few more examples, but why should I need to? Clearly I’ve made my point.
This “woman’s card” of which Donald Trump speaks clearly provides Hillary Clinton and women all over this country (and the world, for that matter) with a clear and distinct advantage over rich, straight white “Christian” males like himself.
I can truly see why he seems so worried about it.