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More Than Human; Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin

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Luke Floyd

on 2 December 2014

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Transcript of More Than Human; Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin

Why Hillary and Sarah?
Both in the national media
Both in presidential campaigns
Both well-off
Both white
Sarah Palin
Born in Idaho to a working class family
First ran for city council, then mayor
Eventually became the Governor of Alaska
Ran for vice-president in 2008
Hillary Clinton
Born in Illinois to a well-off family
Successful lawyer
Became First Lady of Arkansas and the US
Won a Senate seat in NY in 00
Ran for Presidential nomination in 2008
Double Standard in Media
Gender Based Criticism by Media
Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin were attacked on a regular basis being for being strong, showing emotion and for embracing traditional gender roles.

Response to Media
Both candidates played up femininity
More Than Human; Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin
There are many ways in which Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have been sexualized by the media

This photo is known as the image of a Facebook group called " Id Bang Sarah Palin" In this Photo her Face was photo shopped onto a body of a woman in a bikini.
Another photo was photo shopped in which Sarah Palin's face was placed on the body of a dominatrix woman with a whip.
A Sarah Palin school girl action figure has also been created
Another photo of Sarah Palin was taken soley of her legs
In addition to the sexualization of Sarah Palin, Hilary has also been sexualized. A magazine image was photo shopped to make Hilary look inappropriate.
Hillary has also been photo shopped onto a body of a dominatrix woman
Another image was created onto a base ball card making depicting hillary with huge breasts and revealing shorts.
Women in politics tend to be critiqued more than men
Hillary Clinton faces a battle trying to overcome people's expectations
Both Clinton and Palin were subjected to criticisms that were based on their gender and not their skills or lack or skills as a politician.

"Imagine my amazement, then, when I learned that Hillary Clinton, our only female presidential hopeful, had decided to steer clear of our pages at this point in her campaign for fear of looking too feminine. The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying. How has our culture come to this? How is it that the The Washington Post recoils from the slightest hint of cleavage on a senator? This is America, not Saudi Arabia...I do think Americans have moved on from the power-suit mentality, which served as a bridge for a generation of women to reach boardrooms filled with men. Political campaigns that do not recognize this are making a serious misjudgment."
Anna Wintour:
Vouge editor-in-chief
Is Anna Wintour out of touch?
"...Mommy/Ball Buster teeter-totter narrative of American womanhood..."
excerpt of Susan Faludi for the LA Times commenting on the stereotyping of Clinton
Clinton passed on a Vogue photo shoot to avoid appearing too feminine.
More Scrutiny on Female Politicians
Would Hillary be under this kind of scrutiny if she were a man?
Women have to walk a fine line between masculine and feminine
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