This Video of Hillary Clinton Answering 40 Years of Sexist Questions Is Infuriating

“What about the comparisons to Lady McBeth?”


Nearly four decades is a long time to be hearing the same stuff about being a woman in power. The nauseating proof comes in the form of a new video that was put together by National Memo, a news and politics website, and posted to YouTube on Thursday.

It tracks almost 40 years of Hillary Clinton—as first lady, senator, and presidential candidate—and the sexist ideas about women in public life put to her in numerous media appearances. Some of the interviewers appear to be adopting sexist tropes to humanize Clinton or to highlight inequalities, while other commentators are downright nasty. Together, it plays like a relentless heartbeat of gendered criticism.

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