"It's Hillary, Madam President—if ya nasty" [email protected]
The third and final presidential debate gave us quite a lot to think about. Most importantly: “How the hell did we get here?” Then, equally important: “How is Hill slaying so hard in that all white pantsuit?” But really, the face-off was supposed to help Americans decide who to cast their ballots for come Nov. 8 which is laughable because—let’s face the facts for once in this election—if you still don’t know who you’re voting for, no number of debates is going to help you figure it out. That being the case, it mostly just spawned some really top-notch hashtags to help ease the inevitable pain of the next 19 days.
Some were silly, like #TrumpBookReport and #BadHombres, but one in particular stood out for its positive message of female empowerment and solidarity. If you’re like me, watching the way Hillary Clinton has been treated by her opponent during the debates has been chilling. The disrespect and contempt that Trump has shown for Clinton far surpasses the usual rapport of political opponents—their interactions are a reflection of our cultural gender politics. They are perfect recreations of the moments that women experience when going about their lives, blown up and put onto a national stage. Trump is our cat-callers, our abusers, our creepy professors, and our belittling bosses all at once.
Women felt it viscerally when Trump repeatedly interrupted Hillary, when he told her to stop talking (“Excuse me. My Turn.”), and most profoundly, when he called her a “nasty woman” apparently for holding her own against him. It was these moments that resonated so deeply with women and girls all across the United States making #NastyWomen and #IAmANastyWomanBecause the overnight rallying cries of Hillary’s supporters and the larger feminist cause.
So, here are some of the best tweets about why we ladies need to be nasty sometimes.
On Notorious HRC
#IAmANastyWomanBecause I’m smart, I get s*** done, and I won the debates three time in a row. #Debatenight @Christie_NY
#IAmANastyWomanBecause I believe a woman’s place is in the House (you know, the big white one built for presidents) #MadamePresident @carolannemm
#IAmANastyWomanBecause I stand up, speak out, I prepare, I play in boys clubs, I fight, I think. And when I lose, I try to do it gracefully @clarkewolfe
LOVE that #IAmANastyWomanBecause is trending because “women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.” @alainabeecroft
On Sexual Assault
#IAmANastyWomanBecause I unapologetically open conversation about sexual assault and the need to hold perpetrators accountable. @junemarie426
#IAmANastyWomanBecause I get to decide who does and who does not grab my p***y. @jenavievehatch
#Iamanastywomanbecause I will report every single assault I am a victim of. Because 100% of sexual assaults are the abuser’s fault. @PrunySev
#IAmANastyWomanBecause I broke the wrist of my sexual aggressor & speak my truth to all men who think unwanted touch is ever ok! #handsoff @shanwow78
On The Patriarchy
#IAmaNastyWomanBecause I teach Women’s Studies to high school students to open their eyes to gender issues @msteacherlady78
#IAmANastyWomanBecause I do not believe locker room talk is manly. I believe actions have consequences for both men & women. #equality @NeedsMusts
#IAmANastyWomanBecause I live loudly by the principals of love in spite of a culture built to oppress & silence me in fear. @sheisAmara_