During the 2016 elections the contenders were Donald Trump, male Republican and Hilary Clinton, female Democrat. Hillary Clinton has become the first woman to get all the way to the primaries, however in the outcome of the election she did not succeed in defeating her competition. During the election, Clinton received a lot of backlash from media coverage on her appearance and how she ran her election. People saw her as speaking in a "masculine", a more fierce demeanor. Rather than breaking the gender institutions, she conformed, the following article below expands on this idea.
The fact that Hillary did not take importance in her femininity and conformed to masculine ways may have been seen as a disconnect for women around her. If women are trying to find a place in a world of politics and their representative on the matter conforms to gendered institutions of what a generic politician should be there does not seem to be much room for growth. Clinton being a women, should have stressed the importance of her role as a women in politics rather than take on a different persona.
Perceptions of Men on Hillary Clinton
Perceptions of Women on Hillary Clinton
This article discusses the iconic moment where Hillary shed her robotic mask and almost broke down in Portsmouth when asked a question on how she managed her strength during a campaign, she responded on the verge of tears. The media was split, some saw this as either fake or rehearsed and others as a gentle side of Hillary, making her more human and relateable. People saw this as a detrimental event in her campaign much like the incident with Senator Edmund Muskie, it was sure to hurt her votes and image. Tom Lutz mentioned in the article says, “The men who cry prove that they are not too manly; the women who maintain stoic control of their emotions prove that they are not too ‘feminine.’ “ And: “Hillary Clinton has been routinely condemned by some of her critics for being too masculine, too hard and cold, but one can imagine the criticism that would rain down on her if she were to cry on camera.”