Target: Fox News Anchor Brit Hume
Goal: Stop the sexist comments about presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s physical appearance and attractiveness.
Brit Hume of Fox News commented that Hillary Clinton’s face was “not necessarily attractive” after the first 2016 presidential debate. This is part of a pattern of political pundits and journalists talking about Clinton’s and other female politician’s appearance rather than their platforms, experience, and intelligence. Rarely, if ever, are the same kind of comments made about male politicians.
This sexist double standard is harmful to women everywhere who are constantly receiving the message that their only worth comes from physical attractiveness and they can’t achieve great things if they don’t fit a certain beauty standard. Comments like this contribute to a society in which it’s harder for women to get elected into political positions because they have to worry about their physical appearance along with credentials that actually matter.
If the U.S. ever wants to end its embarrassing male-only presidential streak and finally see a woman in the oval office, people like Brit Hume need to keep sexist musings about physical attractiveness to themselves. This kind of misogyny has no place in professional journalism. Sign our petition to denounce Hume’s comments and demand that he refrain from talking about Clinton’s appearance in the future.
Dear Mr. Hume,
Shortly after the recent debate between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, you commented that she looked “composed—smug sometimes—not necessarily attractive.” This is an extremely inappropriate comment to make about a candidate for the President of the United States contributes to a double standard in how male and female politicians are treated by our society.
The U.S. media has an unfortunate history of focusing on the physical attractiveness of female politicians and public figures while not doing the same to their male counterparts. This sends the message that women are only valuable to society if they fit a specific beauty standard–meanwhile men are free to look however they want and still get elected. This is clear sexism and it needs to stop.
There has never been a woman president and there is still a huge gender gap in political offices all over the nation. Part of this is because women are still valued more for their attractiveness than anything else and have to worry about this on top of everything else if they want to get elected. Stop contributing to gender inequality–no more comments on Clinton’s or any other female politician’s physical attractiveness.
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