An opinion piece written by an Emory & Henry College junior and published on the front page of Salon.com discusses the role of humor in upholding women who may threaten male authority.
Elizabeth Hogg, a passionate supporter of Hillary Clinton, suggests that the character Liz Lemon from the television series “30 Rock” presents an example for how women in authority can deal with a culture that seeks to consign them to non-threatening roles. For both conservatives and many younger followers of Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton is not seen as a “Cool Girl,” one who is pretty, even smart, but not a threat to the patriarchy.
Hogg writes: “Pop culture is inundated with these women who have to look like they live on one grape a day while simultaneously drinking barbecue sauce through a straw and shot-gunning Busch Lite like a fifth-year frat boy. The Cool Girl boasts just the right amount of sports knowledge while knowing exactly what to wear at all times. She may be smart, but she isn’t as smart as a man, and she definitely isn’t a feminist who supports Hillary Clinton.”
Hogg suggests that Clinton may already have grasped this strategy when she offered to her supporters a card, known as the “woman’s card,” in response to a claim by Donald Trump, a billionaire and former reality television entertainer, that the twice-elected senator from New York and former Secretary of State lacked the experience to be president.