Sexist Political Criticism Finds a New Target: Kellyanne Conway
What powerful political woman is mocked for her clothes, is the target of pictures on Twitter depicting her as haggard and is routinely called a witch and a bitch?
If you guessed Hillary Clinton, you’re right.
But if you guessed Kellyanne Conway, you’re right, too.
Misogyny, it seems, remains a bipartisan exercise. Whatever legitimate criticisms can be leveled at each woman, it is striking how often that anger is expressed using the same sexist themes, from women as well as men.
Clinton “repeats her tacky outfits,” one Twitter critic sniped. The Inauguration Day outfit of Conway, a counselor to President Donald Trump, looked like “a night terror of an android majorette.”
Clinton’s hair has drawn relentless derision; one Twitter user recently asked: “Why does Kellyanne Conway always look like she’s still drunk & wearing make up from last night’s bender?”
And both women have been repeatedly compared to witches from the Wizard of Oz, most recently in pictures shared on Twitter tying Conway to the witch killed under Dorothy’s house.
人们还反复把两人比作《绿野仙踪》(Wizard of Oz)里的女巫——最近，Twitter用户分享的一些图片，把康维和死在桃乐丝(Dorothy)的房子下的女巫联系了起来。
The two women are at opposite ideological poles, but they stir up the same lingering cultural discomfort with ambitious, assertive women.
“These sexist memes are not the purview of one party,” said Karen Finney, a senior adviser to the Clinton campaign. “We fear strong women and women with power. These attacks are meant to delegitimize that power.”
Conway has drawn scorn, and been disinvited from some news programs, for her references to a Bowling Green massacre that never took place and her defense of claims about the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration as “alternative facts.” Yet some of the criticisms have taken on a distinctly sexualized tone.
康维曾拿一场从未发生过的鲍林格林大屠杀(Bowling Green massacre)说事，还曾为一些与特朗普就职典礼观礼人数有关的说法辩护，称之为“另一种事实”，她因此受到了蔑视，有的新闻节目还取消了对她的邀请。但某些批评带有明显的性别化色彩。
Witness the furor over her sitting on her knees on a couch in the Oval Office during a reception for presidents of historically black colleges. While she drew fire for disrespect, some of the criticisms included digs about her spreading her legs and raunchy allusions to oral sex, Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., told a now-notorious joke that hers was a “familiar” position in the Oval Office of the 1990s, drawing a rebuke from none other than Chelsea Clinton. (Richmond apologized Sunday evening.)
看看她参加总统与传统黑人学院负责人的见面会时，因为跪坐在椭圆形办公室的沙发上而引发的风波吧。这种失礼让她成了靶子，但其中一些批评涉及她那分开的双腿，以及关于口交、莫妮卡·莱温斯基(Monica Lewinsky)和比尔·克林顿(Bill Clinton)的粗俗暗示。路易斯安那州民主党众议员锡德里克·里士满(Cedric Richmond)讲了一个现在已是臭名昭著的笑话——说她的姿势令人有“似曾相识”之感，仿佛回到1990年代的椭圆形办公——并因此遭到切尔西·克林顿(Chelsea Clinton)的指责。（里士满于周日傍晚道了歉。）
A Saturday Night Live skit riffed on Conway as a “Fatal Attraction” stalker, breaking into the CNN correspondent Jake Tapper’s house to seduce him into having her on his show.
《周六夜现场》(Saturday Night Live)的一个小品拿康维开涮，让其化身为《致命吸引力》(Fatal Attraction)里的跟踪狂，闯进CNN记者杰克·塔珀(Jake Tapper)的房子，诱使塔珀邀她上节目。
“There seems to be great resentment of both as power-hungry and wanting to control men,” said Marjorie J. Spruill, the author of “Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics.” “Whereas Hillary is called castrating or shrewish, Conway is often called a slut. The implication is that she is using femininity to control men.”
“两人似乎都因渴望权力、想要控制男人而招致反感，”《我们对立着：让美国政治出现两极分化的女性权利和家庭价值观引发的争论》(Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics)一书的作者玛乔丽·J·斯普鲁伊尔(Marjorie J. Spruill)说。“希拉里被称为阉割者或泼妇，康维则被称为荡妇。意思是说她利用女性特质控制男人。”
Spruill noted that Conway in fact had leaned back to take pictures as a favor to the participants, but that some critics had cast the pose as a sexual come-on.
Conway suggested in an interview with The Daily Caller that there would have been more outrage at the comments if she had been a liberal woman, adding, “And it is not just if I were a liberal woman, but if I were a pro-abortion rights one.” Conway did not respond to a message left with her assistant requesting comment for this article.
康维接受《每日通话》(The Daily Caller)采访时表示，如果她是一名自由派女士，这类说法可能会激起更多愤怒，并补充道：“不是说我仅仅身为自由派女士，而是假如我是一名支持堕胎权的女士。”记者通过康维的助理给其留言，请其就本文置评，但康维未作回复。
Still, Conway has spirited defenders on the right on social media who say she should be championed as an example of a groundbreaking woman in politics instead of mocked in sexist terms, and some liberal women in Facebook comments chided others for sexism. “Ladies & Gents, I disagree with her as much as anyone,” wrote someone identified as Melissa Mae. “It would be nice to see comments sticking to valid points instead of ALWAYS going after women on the basis of ‘looks.'”
Mirya R. Holman, an assistant professor of political science at Tulane University who studies gender and politics, said, “This does mimic what conservative women have said in the past: ‘You liberals think you’re so enlightened but we still get people saying vile things about us.'”
杜兰大学(Tulane University)研究性别与政治问题的政治学助理教授米里亚·R·霍尔曼(Mirya R. Holman)说，“这的确酷似保守派女性以前说过的话：你们自由派认为自己十分开明，但一些人还是会把毒辣的言辞甩向我们。”
“To me, the 2016 election was hopefully an opportunity to be reminded that we’re not in some kind of postgender society,” Holman said. “There’s a smaller set of acceptable behaviors for women.”
Finney, a longtime Clinton aide, has watched those issues play out for more than 20 years in public life as Clinton served as a stand-in for debates about women’s roles. She said she and conservative women would sit in green rooms awaiting television appearances and trade stories about how they were attacked.
“There is this sense: ‘Are you kidding me?'” she said. “'Are we going back to this?’ Maybe we have to go back to go forward.”