11/9/16
Why Donald Trump, America’s Abusive Boyfriend, Won the Election

How did the least qualified person ever to run for the presidency of the United States manage to win? In large part, by negging us.

Negging is one of the pick-up artist community’s cynical and manipulative strategies for seducing women. A man deliberately delivers backhanded compliments and other sly insults to his “target” in order to undermine her confidence and self-worth and thus render her more emotionally vulnerable to his advances. He shows disinterest or even disdain and, the theory goes, she can’t help but want to win his approval. It’s an exploitation of classic daddy issues.

The crazy thing is: it works.

It works because of how pervasive and insidious sexism is in America . . . in the world. It’s a prejudice so baked into the cake — we’re talking centuries of institutionally ingrained physical, psychic, economic, and sexual oppression — that outward expressions of it aren’t only still considered acceptable, they’re considered funny, while protests against it are reliably deemed uptight, melodramatic, and — the 21st century’s most annoying sin — too politically correct. As Patton Oswalt tweeted last night, “What I’ve learned so far tonight: America is WAAAAAAAAY more sexist than it is racist. And it’s pretty fucking racist.”


 
We women make up more than 50 percent of the US population. We could have crushed an openly misogynistic sexual predator and elected the first female president. In the same way Obama’s historic election was a major step in the right direction away from racism, Clinton’s election could have been a major step away from sexism. It might have made things a little worse before they got better, at least in some circles, if the racist backlash against our first black president is any indication. But at least that feminist progress would have been on the books.

But no. As if suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, women — specifically white women* — in depressing numbers embraced this offensive groper as he demeaned and degraded their entire gender. They bought into the right’s (and oftentimes left’s!) negative characterizations about Clinton as a cold, shrill shrew with a bad body (“2 fat thighs, 2 small breasts…left wing”) and zero sex appeal (“Hillary sucks, but not like Monica”) and rejected her so as not to be tainted by her toxic un-likability. This deep, sometimes subconscious fear, sown by a sexist society, actually kept women, even liberal women, from enthusiastically embracing Clinton at the start of this campaign; even when she won the nomination, and they could finally “go public” with their support, it was lackluster — the dearth of lawn signs proved it. In 2008, people unabashedly celebrated the historical significance of voting in the first black president; this year, cheering for the possibility of America’s first female president was considered reverse-sexism, even by many feminists!

Gloria Steinem, the gold standard of women’s rights fighters, was crucified when she tried to explain young women’s support for Bernie over Hillary:

First of all, women get more radical as we get older, because we experience . . . I don’t mean to over-generalize, but . . . men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age, and women get more radical because they lose power as they age . . . And, when you’re young, you’re thinking, where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie . . .

It was an inelegant expression of a nevertheless real phenomenon created by deep-seated sexism: women wanting the approval of men, because men still hold the majority of the power. It’s why negging works for pick-up artists. It’s why girls give head but don’t expect it in return, even — or especially — during casual hookups. It’s why female celebrities are compelled to constantly sexually objectify themselves while their male counterparts get by on their artistic output alone, fully clothed. It’s why white women elected Donald Trump.

President-elect Trump has proven himself to be the king of all conniving pick-up artists. He put so many people down — not just women, but Mexicans, African-Americans, the disabled, Muslims, the U.S. government, Iowans, the list goes on — and many of them just came back for more. Like the scared, confused victims of domestic violence who reason “he only hits me when I deserve it,” self-hating Americans who wanted to date a man with wealth and fame willingly took the abuse.

And try as we might to convince ourselves that he’ll change, that he really loves us and has our best interests at heart, he will run the country as he ran the campaign, indeed as he has run all his endeavors — with fear, lies, negativity, revenge, cheating and abuses of power that benefit him, and him alone. Some suggest that he’s really pro-choice and not anti-LGBTQ, but he has no core beliefs other than self-aggrandizement: he will try to — and with a Republican House, Senate, and Supreme Court he most likely will — overturn Roe v. Wade, defund Planned Parenthood, and codify discrimination against the LGBTQ community just because he can. Trump will be the most controlling boyfriend we’ve ever had. Those of us who rejected his advances before will be punished for the disrespect. If we dare try to breakup with him, he will spread the political equivalent of revenge porn.

But breakup with him we must. There will be a tearful period of drowning our sorrows in wine and ice cream over this shitty relationship. And it will take a lot of time (four years to be precise) and effort to pack up all his gold-plated mix-tapes and countless copies of The Art of the Deal and leave them in boxes on the White House lawn. But we’re worth it. We cannot settle. We can do so much better.

*According to CNN exit polls, 53% of white women voted for Trump; only 43% voted for Clinton. 

Use this to help get you motivated:
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Use this to be a better person:
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14 Comments

  1. I don’t know. I think Trump is great. America’s biggest sin is in not appreciating him. I wish we had someone like him in the UK. We sorely need someone like him just now instead of this left wing, polictically correct march to oblivion.

  2. Donald Trump’s abusive words didn’t help him win the White House — his racism, xenophobia, and misogyny cost him support from the Republican Party establishment and a large number of voters. Conservatives running for Congress outperformed Trump in their respective races. If Marco Rubio or John Kasich had been the GOP’s candidate for President, they would have won in a landslide. Trump won because the Democrats selected the only candidate who could possibly lose to Trump. Hillary Clinton, while a good candidate on paper, was not a good candidate to run for President because too many Americans don’t like her and don’t trust her. This problem was known long before the campaign started but the Democrats selected her anyways. They have no one to blame but themselves.

    1. YEP. Now that I’m coming to terms with it, I’m turning my critical lens inward to my own party. Democrats BLEW IT so badly it’s unbelievable. Not just during election season, but for the past few years.

      I disliked Clinton so much that I was actually, for once, prepared to cross party lines and vote against her. If Republicans had had the maturity and intelligence to select a reasonable candidate, I’d probably have voted Republican. Or just stayed home. Truly the only reason I came out to vote for Clinton was that I considered it even more important that Trump lose. That wasn’t enough for a lot of people. That’s no way to motivate voters.

  3. I was honestly super nervous throughout the entire election process. I stayed up waiting for the results knowing that I had to be up early in the morning wondering why so many states had to do recounts. I eventually fell asleep but waking up and hearing that Donald J Trump, a man who ran his whole entire campaign on bigotry was elected as president and I couldn’t believe it. I was really upset not only as a black woman but as someone who works with students who have parents who are undocumented immigrants, I really felt bad for them. I’m not a Hillary Clinton fan myself (I’m team Bernie Sanders) but I don’t get why would people choose someone who spewed nothing but hate rhetoric over someone who has basically been in politics all their life. I’m still in shock days after Election Day.

    1. Part of it had to do with there only being two choices and the parties shoving party discipline down people’s throats for so long. Let this always serve as a warning that whether you’re republican or democrat that in politics poo float floats and diamonds sink.

  4. I literally had to take a xanax last night at around 9:45. I thought, “I’ll just pass out till tomorrow, and in the morning Hilary Clinton will be president and it will be business as usual.”

    NOPE.

    1. We keep hearing that Radiohead song “How to Disappear Completely” over and over in our head: “I’m not here / This isn’t happening / I’m not here, I’m not here”

      1. So, the data is in: it was the non-voters. Even knowing what was at stake, Democrats stayed home.

        Republicans voted at approximately the same rates they always do. There was no conservative groundswell, no “silent majority”. They just did what they always do. Clinton, on the other hand, had half of Obama’s 2012 turnout, and a quarter of his 2008 turnout.

        Democrats handed it to Trump. It’s as simple as that. I get it – Democrats disliked Clinton. I did too. But I voted for her god damn it, because the alternative was horrifying. But noooooooo, clever young democrats had a point to make. Well, POINT MADE! HAPPY NOW???

  5. This boyfriend comes with a 4 year lease and he ain’t moving. Good luck breaking up when you can’t get him out of the house and no one to provide a restraining order.

      1. Good news is you have roommates that you can work with to put locks on the doors and won’t take his abuses lying down. The best that we can hope for is we can lock him in his room when he’s drunk and hopefully make him mow the damn lawn as part of the roommate agreement. If we stand together, we can mitigate this.

        1. Unfortunately we have no such room mates. Republicans won the house and the senate too. Those room mates? They’re the abusive boyfriend’s buddies.

          1. Half of them don’t like him or his extreme policies, so it’s going to be up to democrats to work with the non supporting republicans to truly bipartisan block his shittiness. There is a way forward.

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