Politics meets body positivity

By Lauren Mazzo
September 23, 2016

When you think about the 2016 presidential race, body positivity is probably one of the last things that comes to mind. But the latest ad for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign puts the issue in the spotlight. (Did you know that which political candidate you support has a direct link to your sex life too?)

In the video, audio of Republican candidate Donald Trump plays over visuals of young girls looking in the mirror. It's no secret that Trump doesn't have a stellar track record on women's issues, but hearing comments like "I'd look her right in that fat ugly face of hers" hit hard when you're seeing a young girl pull anxiously on her t-shirt while looking at her body.

Other Trump gems included in the video: "She's a slob... She ate like a pig," "A person who's flat-chested is very hard to be a 10," and "Does she have a good body? No. Does she have a fat [bleeped out word]? Absolutely." At the end, an announcer asks, "Do you treat women with respect?" and Trump responds with, "I can't say that either," and a graphic pops up on the screen: "Is this the president we want for our daughters?"

We're all about body positivity (have you heard about our #LoveMyShape campaign?) so the idea of a president who openly makes these kinds of statements about women's bodies is downright disheartening.

You could argue that some of the audio of Trump is a tad outdated, and that he's has changed his ways. But, sadly, he's still focusing on how women look rather than what they can do; just this month Trump told ABC he doesn't think Clinton has a "presidential look," according to the New York Times.

Sigh. Will haters ever learn that it's not okay to judge a woman (or anyone) based on what they look like?


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