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-Sexism in the 2008 Election

The 2008 election was a historical election in which the first black president was elected president of the United States of America. The 2008 election had four candidates that the media mainly focused on; Senator Joe Biden, Senator Obama, Governor Sarah Palin and Hilary Rodham Clinton. During the election process, the media had an abundance of racist remarks and sexist/gender comments. Surprisingly enough, the sexist/gender comments that were geared toward Governor Palin and Hilary Clinton outweighed the racist remarks about Senator Obama. Culture has shaped our expectations to not be used to seeing women in the upmost power in politics. Women have gender norm qualities that they are expected to keep up but men can easily learn them for political reasons. The negative connotations that come with being a woman hold them back in the political world. In the process of electing president for 2008, the media hashed out a lot of negative press on the female candidates of this race. Sarah Palin received the light end of the allegations. She wasn’t really called out of her name much but there were a few provocative cartoons or photoshoped images of her circling around. (Erbe 2008 ). There was one in particular of a model in a red, white and blue bikini while holding a rifle with Governor Palin face pasted on. Senator Clinton, on the other hand, sexist/ gender comments from the media were remarkably higher. Sheehy stated, “ I think Hillary Clinton came into this campaign empotionally-scarred from her eight years in the White House with that kind of attack constantly and all of the scandals and also having to compartmentalize what was going on with her husband and pretend it wasn’t happening so she could keep getting up every day” (Phillips 2008). The media’s comments were portraying women can’t control their emotions and what’s going on…...

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