It’s hard to unpick the deep layers of misogyny that are involved when a woman decides she won’t vote for a woman because she simply doesn’t like her.
Oprah Winfrey saw it coming. In her wisdom, she understood how much women
hate and despise don’t like each other.
She pleaded. “You don’t have to LIKE her. She’s not coming round to your house for tea. But you gotta VOTE for her.”
Anyone’s better than a woman though, right? A racist, bigoted, sexually predatory loose cannon is more LIKEABLE than any woman. That’s because power and status– and belonging to the dominant sex class– makes you likeable, in the way that belonging to the downtrodden, weary, scapegoated sissy class makes you dis-likable.
And that’s one reason why women put up with men in the ways they do. Men are often likeable rogues, bearing charm and charisma. Being likeable comes easy when you don’t have a boot on your neck.
Trump, however, wasn’t even likeable. But that didn’t matter, because to most, neither was Hillary.
I am appalled to learn that most white women voted for Trump. But I’d hazard a guess and say they did it for misogynistic reasons, rather than racist ones. Though I could be wrong and it could be both.
White men voted for Trump because they want white male supremacy to continue. No surprises there. But white women should have voted for Hilary, even racist white women.
So why didn’t they?
I bet the main reason was that they “just didn’t like her.”
I’d also say this: white women didn’t want an “atmosphere” in their living room, or in their bedrooms, or in their beds. It’s very hard to be secretive about who you’re voting for in front of family members. You can’t just sneak off and vote for Hillary– even though the polling booths are private– because you want to chat and ruminate about your decision with the people living with you. If you’ve got a white male Trump supporter living with you– then it’s going to be a lot harder to just vote for Hillary. You might as well not bother. Fuck it, you might as well just nod along and agree, and vote for Trump so you can come home that night and cook dinner and not have him breathing down your neck or getting pissed off that you voted for the wrong person and upsetting the children.
Even Trump wasn’t sure that Melania would vote for him, so he took a sneaky peek to make sure. The photo of him checking out her ballot paper went viral. She was lucky she did vote for him or there would have been hell to pay. Imagine if she hadn’t! Imagine what repercussions there would have been for her if she’d flipped because the humiliation was all too much and she’d voted for Hilary in a spur of the moment decision. And he saw.
And then there’s the bots. The women who hated Hillary, liked Trump, and are so brainwashed that they think a man like Trump is a better option than any woman, because they believe inherently in male superiority. If these women represent the majority of white women, then God help us really.