Women’s magazine Elle is known for its pro-feminist stances and promoting empowering messages to female readers. However, the liberal slanted publication has run an article criticizing the daughter of the new president-elect, Ivanka Trump. Why? Because she’s too successful.
Writer Sady Doyle criticizes the Trump Organization CEO for being a a “princess” and that she is “blond, pretty, well-mannered, given massive amounts of power over the citizenry thanks to nothing but her genetic makeup.” Furthermore, Doyle claims Ivanka is “terrifying” for being an exceptional woman.
Doyle describes exceptional women as “smart enough, sweet enough, strong enough, soft enough, pure enough, sexy enough to satisfy all of our culture’s contradictory demands on women, and thus make it to the top of a sexist system on merit alone.” And then, Doyle argues “patriarchy needs that woman” because she ultimately provides evidence that sexism doesn’t exist.
“Exceptional Women don’t exist in real life. No one is unaffected by sexism; no woman, no matter how well-behaved, is ever safe. But some women, by dint of privilege and good luck, are fairly convincing avatars.”
Essentially, Doyle’s contradictory arguments are stating that Ivanka is holding down less exceptional women in the world from defeating sexism. She even coins the term as “Trumpism;” an ideology that is designed to be “unsurvivable for women who do not happen to be exceptional Ivankas.”
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