Chelsea Handler says U.S. has 'a problem with women supporting women'
In assessing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, Chelsea Handler is taking women to task.
“One of the saddest things about November 8, aside from the very presence of Donald Trump on the ballot as a major party American presidential candidate, were the women of America who somehow managed to vote for Donald Trump,” Handler writes in an essay for Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington’s new website dedicated to wellness.
After noting that 53 percent of white women voters supported Trump in the election, Handler zeroes in on what she thinks may be the motivating influence behind those votes — “We don’t just have a problem with men supporting women in this country; we have a problem with women supporting women.”
The host of Netflix’s “Chelsea” notes that Hillary Clinton won 94 percent of votes from black women voters (” … unlike white women, black women don’t take their rights, liberties, or justice for granted,” Handler writes.)
Handler, 41, a native of Livingston, says that when Clinton was on the ballot, “white women of America reactivated their prehistoric Pavlovian reflexes.” She references an H.L. Mencken quote: “Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.”
Instead of Clinton, who she calls “arguably the most qualified presidential candidate in modern American history,” they opted for Trump, who she calls a “white, entitled rich guy who has spent his entire life working the system for excess personal profit while insatiably groping strange women for personal pleasure.”
In June, Handler wrote about her experiences having two abortions as a teen in an essay for Playboy. In her Thrive Global essay, Handler refers to vice president-elect Mike Pence as the governor of Indiana who “spent spent most of his free time signing Christian Shariah forced pregnancy laws.”
Handler ends her essay by imploring women to dispel with jealousy and competitiveness and to shift focus from criticizing the appearance of other women. (“We are more guilty of this with each other than most men are,” she says.)
“We are stronger together,” she writes. “Find a woman you have nothing in common with and give her a hug. Then hug yourself. Then roll up your sleeves and stop looking in the mirror.”
Handler says the work of American women truly supporting other women can be accomplished when those women step outside their comfort zones.
“We can do better than this, ladies, and we will during the next four years as we stand up for women, children, the majority vote and American justice against the Trumpian whitemare,” she says.
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Published at Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:12:00 +0000