Lara Weber: Ugly Campaign Has Forced Us To Talk About Uncomfortable Truths

OPINION
By Lara Weber
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As writer Lara Weber points out, the topic of sexism has been pushed to the top of the national conversation this election season. And whether it is Clinton or Trump in the White House come January, it’s a subject Weber suggests won’t be going away anytime soon.

Chicago Tribune

In less than three weeks, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be elected president of the United States, and if it feels like we’ve already heard enough about sexism and misogyny, get ready: The next four years are going to be filled with bitches, bimbos and nasty women.

And that may be the best thing for women since the 19th Amendment.

This ugly campaign has pushed our country, once again, to talk, with uncomfortable words, about how men treat women. But unlike other moments that have temporarily buoyed this national conversation (Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes … ), this one is guaranteed to continue well past Nov. 8, thanks to the baggage that each candidate carries and regardless of who wins.

If Trump’s recent scorched-earth campaign strategy prevails, and polls show that even as he trails Clinton he’s not out of the running yet, he will be the first U.S. president to have so openly insulted and disparaged women during a national campaign.

Do we need to revisit the highlights?

-About Republican primary challenger Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face. Would anybody vote for that?”

-About Fox News host Megyn Kelly: “She is so average in every way, who the hell wants to woo her!”

-About Clinton, during Wednesday’s debate: “Such a nasty woman.”

-And, of course, the “Access Hollywood” recording where Trump explains the real art of the deal: “Use some Tic Tacs” and “grab them by the p__.”

Would deplorable Donald be any different in the White House? No. He’d be the creep-in-chief and the hero of every office lout in America. But imagine also how often a President Trump would give this country new opportunities (the best!) to wrestle with issues of women’s rights.

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