Calling Hillary Clinton by Her First Name is Sexist

These days, if it’s not racist, it’s sexist. Many of Hillary Clinton’s supporters, particularly those of the female variety, have decided that when others, particularly those of the male variety, refer to Hillary Clinton by her first name only, it’s sexist and demeaning. McClatchy DC reported:

[S]ome Americans, mostly women, don’t think the former secretary of state, U.S. senator from New York and first lady should be called by just her first name.

“I think it’s pretty unjust,” said Monica Warek, 23, on a recent visit to Washington from New York City. “I think it shows the level of inequality that still exists in the workforce and just in general in society.”

As Clinton gets ready to kick off her campaign for the White House, some wonder whether calling a female candidate by her first name reinforces gender stereotypes.


Laura F. Edwards, a history professor at Duke University who studies gender, said calling a woman by her first name is part of a larger problem in our culture in how to acknowledge women, who have always used their fathers’ and husbands’ names because they were never expected to have a public place in the world.

“All this gets to the point that women had no public identities of their own,” she said. “And we’re still living with the implications of that.”

We already know, as the Daily Caller had pointed out, that these supporters of Hillary – er, excuse me – former U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, First Lady, Her Majesty Hillary Clinton “will be watching, reading, listening and protesting coded sexism,” as “the pro-Hillary group HRC Super Volunteers warned The New York Times’ Amy Chozick Wednesday.” They provided their list of words that should not be used to describe Hillary Clinton, as such words are sexist code words. We can add “Hillary” to that list.

This is like how the media were describing words like “Chicago” and even “Obamacare” as racist. Any word critics use to describe anything is coded racism. Even if you refer to Hillary Clinton by her first name, obviously that’s sexist.