Sexism as a political force

Sady Doyle has written a fantastic article, arguing that:

Political commentators parse elections in terms of the gender of candidates or voters, divide issues into “economic” and “social,” divide causes or actors into “right” and “left,” rather than considering that repressing women’s participation in public life may be its own coherent political ideology, shared by men and some (admittedly self-destructive) women across the political spectrum.

The article discusses sexism as the unifying commitment behind the arguably strange alliance of Assange, Putin and Trump.  And it gives a great example of far-reaching consequences of testimonial injustice:

Of course, there was the minor detail that Assange had been arrested for the rape of two Swedish women…Which leads one to the unpleasant hypothesis that if more people had actually listened to women at the time, Assange might never have built up the credibility necessary to sway the election in the first place. And if these women had been taken seriously, the unlikely alliance of Assange, Putin, and Trump might not seem that surprising after all.

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