The slut shaming of Melania Trump

As Trevor Burrus wrote years ago, politics makes us worse.  It’s not that people want to be irrational and unreasonable, it’s just that the stakes are so high that politics forces us to become petty for practical reasons.  Yesterday the New York Post featured nude photos of Melania Trump on the front page.   Though many progressive and feminist bloggers are quick to disavow support for this obvious attempt at slut shaming the wife of a presidential candidate, it speaks to the nature of modern American elections that such petty and irrelevant information would even factor into the decisions of voters in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong, Donald Trump’s success in winning the Republican Primary was largely based upon his ability to exploit the gossipy “reality television” nature of modern American elections.  His entire campaign throughout the primaries was one petty personal attack after another.  And make no mistake, Donald Trump has criticized the spouses of other candidates while using his own wife’s beauty as a talking point.  Consider this meme that he tweeted just several months ago:

Schoolyard "President" Trump

Schoolyard “President” Trump

 

For his part, Donald Trump doesn’t seem to be upset by the photos.  The New York Post quotes him as saying:  “Melania was one of the most successful models, and she did many photo shoots, including for covers and major magazines. This was a picture taken for a European magazine prior to my knowing Melania. In Europe, pictures like this are very fashionable and common.”

In other words, Europeans tend to be less misogynist and sexist than American sensibilities allow for.  And it doesn’t help when the media tries to portray Donald Trump as the sexist woman-hating candidate when they are busy slut shaming and objectifying his wife.  They are doing the same thing that they accuse him of doing (which is true by the way, he does objectify Melania and even his daughter Ivanka).

My opinion?  I don’t have a problem with “objectification” per se.  I think Ivanka is beautiful and so was Melania back in the day.  I don’t see anything wrong with pointing that out.  What I do have a problem with is the media criticizing Trump for “objectification” of women and then turning around and doing the same thing.  It’s the constant hypocrisy coming from “journalists” these days that gets me.  It’s not really accurate to say that Trump HATES women (that’s a very strong word), and I think everyone knows that.  It’s just that he tends to bluntly state the views of the average, football watching, beer drinking common man, which is so out of sync with the politically correct speech of high society Washington D.C. elites, that he is actually loved for it.  Most people DO judge women for their looks (yes, especially OTHER women).  That’s just the truth.  The only difference is that Trump is unapologetic about it, which is perceived as “honesty” and part of his populist appeal.  Does the hilariously biased media really believe that the typical campaign smears are likely to work in this election?  If anything, this is likely to help Trump with the average clueless American voter.

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