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Hillary Clinton Gets the Nomination, But Her Husband Gets the Front Page Photo

HRC, wtf?


Say what you want about Hillary Clinton, but the media’s refusal to run her photo on their front page after she secured the Democratic nomination is sexist.

Hillary Clinton has made history by being the first woman in America to win the Democratic Nomination. Say what you wish about Clinton, but don’t deny the fact that she has faced sexism during this campaign cycle. One does not have to be “with her” to see that when a woman becomes the official candidate for a major political party — but major news outlets put her husband on the front page instead —  sexism is alive and well in our society.

After the Clinton’s nomination, newspapers and digital news outlets were abuzz with headlines about it. However, when it came time to feature an image, major outlets including the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and Buffalo News chose to feature former President Bill Clinton instead of the actual person running.

Cool story, bro. Now where's the actual nominee? (photo by Chicago Tribune)

Cool story, bro. Now where’s the actual nominee? (Chicago Tribune)

There is no solid reason for this, aside from sexism. Clinton’s policies may not make her popular among all of us in comparison to more liberal and forward-thinking politicians like Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders, but that’s not the point. Take a moment to strip away all other details and focus on this one sentence:

On the day when a woman is nominated to run for the highest position in the country, newspapers used a photo of her husband instead of a photo of her.

This complaint would still be relevant if the nominee had been Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama or Elizabeth Warren. The name and the political affiliation does not matter. On the day that a woman won the nomination, major news outlets made the choice — an editorial process that requires multiple folks to approve photographs and headlines — to feature her husband rather than show a photograph of her.

If you had to run a photo of anyone other than the actual democratic candidate, perhaps one might choose an image of women celebrating the closest we’ve come to a female POTUS. The New York Times did not show an image of HRC, but it did choose to run an imagine of women celebrating the historic nomination.


Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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