Witches & Bitches: How Political Discourse Demonizes Women

If you’re a woman reading this, chances are you’ve been called a bitch in your life. Worse (or better, depending on your alchemic life choices), you’ve been called a witch.

For females in the public eye, the chances are infinitely higher. And for female politicians, well, you’d need an eye-wateringly strong potion to avoid either label.

Where there is criticism aimed at a female political figure, more often than not, the insults – and memes – spread to her hair, clothes, age and chance of witchcraft. Hillary Clinton, Theresa May, Angela Merkel, Diane Abbot, Melania Trump and more recently Kellyanne Conway have all been the subject of misogynistic political commentary en masse. They’re not the first, and I doubt they’ll be the last.

Source: Witches & Bitches: How Political Discourse Demonizes Women


In a debate class you learn that when your opponent resorts to ad hominem attacks it means they’ve lost and know it.

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