Clinton's campaign is cold, but sexism is still hot

The man behind the controversial Obama button has a Web site stocked with Hillary hate.

Published June 20, 2008 7:40PM (EDT)

Remember the racist Obama pin that made headlines earlier this week? Well, it looks like the guy who was selling them runs a site called Republican Market -- not to mention another called Democrat Mall -- that continues to quietly sell misogynist anti-Hillary buttons. One features a picture of Clinton dressed as a witch and the not-even-clever quip, "If you think Hillary is scary here … just imagine her as president." In another, Barack Obama and Ted Kennedy both glance at her as Kennedy whispers, "If I drive her home can I be Vice President?" I don't know if it's the poor design or the implication that Clinton is just one more woman who deserves to end up dead in an overturned car, but I can't be the only one who isn't laughing. Haven't seen enough? Check out even more examples at Jezebel.

What's clear from the site is that Republicans aren't ready to grind the Hillary hate machine to a halt any time soon. They certainly were invested in her becoming the Democratic nominee, and they've got a backroom of sexist merch to prove it! There isn't a single anti-Obama pin on the site; apparently the racist Obama pin is too new. But nearly two weeks after Clinton conceded, dozens of nasty pins with her image remain. Unfortunately, what this also shows is that it's still difficult to muster a public outcry about this kind of naked misogyny, which seems to slip through the cracks with a "boys will be boys" shrug.

By Judy Berman

Judy Berman is a writer and editor in Brooklyn. She is a regular contributor to Salon's Broadsheet.

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