Hillary Clinton Shares Secret to Dealing With Sexism & It's One We Can All Use

When a teenage girl stood up at a Hillary Clinton rally to ask about how we should push back against the constant litany of body shaming from Donald Trump, Clinton's response was perfect: We just have to laugh. And that might sound like weird advice, but we feel like we can trust Hillary on this one -- her advice comes from a lifetime of dealing with Trump-like clowns and their intentional humiliation.


Brennan Leach, a 15-year-old student from Pennsylvania, stood up at a rally to ask Clinton how to fight the message that girls (and women, because it never stops) get -- one that tells them that their value is rooted in their physical appearance. 

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Leach asked:

I see with my own eyes the damage Donald Trump does when he talks about women and how they look. How would you undo some of that damage so [girls] understand they are so much more than just what they look like?

Clinton's advice? Just ignore it. And laugh.

She started out affirming that we all need to call out sexism when we see it. We all need to work for more gender equality. But when it comes to a crazy lunatic spewing hate against women's bodies, maybe we should just ignore him and let him wear himself out.

"Think about it: My opponent insulted Miss Universe," Clinton said. "How do you get more acclaimed than that? But it wasn't good enough. So we can't take this seriously anymore. We have to laugh at it. We need to refute it. We need to ignore it."

But telling girls to ignore Trump doesn't mean Hillary isn't offended to her core by the things he says. What she's saying is that the last thing our girls need to do is internalize Trump's feelings about women by giving them more credit than they're worth.

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The obvious zinger, though, is that if Miss-Freaking-Universe (who fits society's long-standing expectations of beauty) isn't hot enough for The Donald, then the rest of us should just stop trying to meet his impossible standards. Because they're utterly stupid.

The more important message: Trump can't shame a girl who refuses to be shamed.

The world is full of Donald Trumps who will tell our daughters they're not good enough, that they don't have the right "look" or the "stamina." They might point at them and say "look at that face" or that they've gained a "massive amount of weight." It's the world women live in.

It's one of our jobs as mothers to raise girls who know better than to spend one second of their precious lives worrying about anyone's opinion about the way they look. It's not an easy task when the man who wants to be president is fighting you every step of the way.

The good news is that we've got a power posse of ladies in our corner to show our girls how you handle the Trumps of the world. Women like Alicia Machado, Carly Fiorina, Heidi Cruz, Rosie O'Donnell, Megyn Kelly -- and, yes, Hillary Clinton -- who have taken Trump's best shots, stepped over them, and moved on with their very important and influential lives.

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Trump's sexist rhetoric and track record has been a key line of attack for Team Clinton. And rightfully so. The team has used Trump's own words over video of young girls in an ad that has a truly powerful effect. The thought of these precious babies being told they're "fat pigs" or "flat-chested" by anyone, much less a man who is now vying for a real position of authority, is enough to make you cry. And you can tell by how much Clinton has leaned into the message, with rounds several ads, that Trump's sexism and body shaming really pisses her off. 

It pisses her off and it pisses off our girls:

Let's take Clinton's advice and remind our girls to ignore the haters and naysayers, believe in themselves and in their worth and never let anyone tell them their value has anything to do with a number on a scale or the opinion of some cartoon version of a sexist from a bygone era.

Sometimes a woman just needs to dust off her shoulders and move onto things that matter. And when it comes to that, HRC wrote the book.


Image via Hillary Clinton/YouTube 

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