The anger at Clinton from some quarters — in tandem with the beatification of her from others — reminds us just how much this election tapped into unresolved and still largely unexplored issues around women and power. In the aftermath, the media has performed endless autopsies. We have talked about Wisconsin, about Comey, about Russia, about faulty messaging and her campaign’s internal conflicts. We have fought over unanswerable questions, like whether Sanders would have won and whether Clinton was particularly mismatched to this political moment, and about badly framed conflicts between identity politics and economic issues. But postmortems offering rational explanations for how a pussy-grabbing goblin managed to gain the White House over an experienced woman have mostly glossed over one of the well-worn dynamics in play: A competent woman losing a job to an incompetent man is not an anomalous Election Day surprise; it is Tuesday in America.
I’VE GOT A CHRISTING BARONY AND ALL HE’S GOT IS A QUARTERLY REVIEW NAMED AFTER HIM WHAT ARE YOU A BARON OF, STEPHEN? LONELINESS??? THAT’S NOT AN INHERITABLE TITLE
Mr. Sondheim is not yet arrived, sir
I KNOW THAT DON’T YOU THINK I KNOW THAT
of course, sir
BUT HE CAN HEAR ME JUST THE SAME JUST AS I CAN ALWAYS HEAR HIM THAT POLYPHONIC SON OF A BITCH
Nicole Chung’s debut memoir All You Can Ever Knowwill be published inOctober 2018. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Times Magazine, GQ, Longreads, BuzzFeed, and Hazlitt, among many others. She is the editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine and the former managing editor of The Toast. Find her on Twitter: @nicole_soojung