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Why Conservative Women Defend Sexist Men - Marie Claire

Take Sanders and Conway, who have both publicly dismissed women who have spoken out about sexual assault. Their defenses are clearly cynical and serve a political purpose, but for conservative women more broadly, going along with the idea that women lie about assault--or blaming women for sexual harassment by claiming that they somehow brought it on themselves--can be a form of self-protection. Believing that other women are "bad", and that that's why something terrible happened to them, enables you to convince yourself that you are safe.

For white women, like the 53 percent who voted for Trump, it means feeling confident that somehow the patriarchy--which diminishes and discriminates against people of color, immigrants, and the LGBT community--will not also come after you.


In reality, though, aligning with misogynist men is no safeguard. Look at the women at Fox News, who say they were harassed and abused by Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly--despite playing along with conservative talking points and mocking the very feminists who worked so hard to pass policies that would eventually help them.
by Bernard on Fri Nov 10th, 2017 at 09:50:08 PM EST
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