Now that it appears the race will end tonight, I have to say something about how misogyny has played out in the race. Much of the analysis has been too simplistic: some (especially in the media) attacked Clinton on the most despicable grounds because she was a woman. Yet I think something different happened. Democracies have an uneasiness with inherited power that affects women disproportionately. It plays out against those who are perceived to attain power by sleeping with powerful men, and who have the potential to reproduce new carriers of that power. It allowed the attacks against her to be manifested in the most degrading ways and portray her as the “wicked queen”. (Don’t get me wrong: the comments coming from the sidelines pale in comparison to the racial polarization coming from Clinton’s own campaign.) She ought to have run as the two-term senator from New York, not the carrier of her husband’s legacy.

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