One additional point that I want to add to my earlier discussion of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders blowing off the concerns of women journalists: One thing that both of them do is to immediately belittle women’s concerns and insist that we simply can’t pay attention to those concerns, given all the other real problems facing the country.
Mr. Trump, for example, responded to questions about his denigration of women based upon their looks by arguing:
I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time, either.
Similarly, Mr. Sanders dismissed a question about whether the media focuses more on the looks of female candidates than it does on those of male candidates (i.e., whether female candidates are treated unfairly) by arguing:
O.K., Ana, I don’t mean to be rude here. I am running for president of the United States on serious issues, O.K.? Do you have serious questions?
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When the media worries about what Hillary’s hair looks like or what my hair looks like, that’s a real problem. We have millions of people who are struggling to keep their heads above water, who want to know what candidates can do to improve their lives, and the media will very often spend more time worrying about hair than the fact that we’re the only major country on earth that doesn’t guarantee health care to all people.
His answer ignores the actual question and simply pretends that it was just about the appearance of any candidate, rather than about holding female candidates to different standards. And that allows him to shrug off women’s concerns and to say, as does Mr. Trump, that no one can be bothered with these petty little concerns because there are other “real” problems (i.e., ones that directly disadvantage men).
You know, I’m tired of this bullshit.