2020 Election

The Unlikable Woman

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It’s 2019 and we can celebrate, ladies, because sexism is DEAD!

LOLOLOLOLOL Just kidding, it’s not even winded.

Remember how Hillary Clinton was treated by the media, even “the good ones,” the fair-minded guys and gals writing for the NYT and WaPo, or reporting on CNN and NPR? “Does she smile too much? Or... not enough?” they wondered. “Is she likable?” they asked. We can’t remember them pondering this about a single, solitary male politician, not even when the question was begging to be asked.

Well, the “likability” question is baaaaaack and shockingly, it’s still about a woman. This time, Elizabeth Warren. About two nanoseconds after she announced she had established an exploratory committee into running for president in 2020, the highly gendered hand-wringing began.

Your DGB for today is to hold the media to account for this sexist trope. Every single time they ask if Warren is “likable,” or Harris is “relatable,” or if Klobuchar is “warm enough” or “too maternal,” ask them when the last time was they talked about a male candidate like this. Call them out, and demand the press do better.