Everyone knows this type of person, often talking about themselves, talking about trivial things like how they look, the amazing things they have accomplished, how cool they are, and on and on. When they post online, it’s about themselves. When they join a conversation, it’s to talk about themselves. Sometimes, they are so into themselves they start talking in the third person. You know who I’m talking about, vain people. Women.
Gather up the most beautiful images of the most beautiful women in history. Often these images are created by men, and bought by other men for the viewing pleasure of… even more men. Now take these images and add mirrors into the hands of the artist’s subjects. (Or a selfie stick if you need to have a more modern perspective). Add that element and rather than being a collection of ultimate human beauty it morphs into a testament to female vanity. A woman can be beautiful, admired, a genius even, but please don’t let her be self-aware enough to know these things about herself, because then she is vain. She is self absorbed and frivolous, and good honest people shouldn’t take her seriously. They most certainly should not like her.
This is problematic because it exposes a subtle double standard. In other words, it’s sexism. When a man exhibits the behavioral traits of vanity, he is often viewed in a totally different light than a woman who behaves the same. If he does it he is confident, self-assured, a leader, reflective and so forth. If she does it, she is vain.
Take a moment to review the following quotes from Donald Trump. They, more than anything I could say about him, expose his deeply rooted vanity.
My twitter has become so powerful that I can actually make my enemies tell the truth.
I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.
Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich.
I love beautiful women, and beautiful women love me. It has to be both ways.
All of the women on ‘The Apprentice’ flirted with me—consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.
You know, it really doesn’t matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.
My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well been documented, are various other parts of my body.
I get up, take a shower and wash my hair. Then I read the newspapers and watch the news on television, and slowly the hair dries. It takes about an hour. I don’t use the blow dryer. Once it’s dry I comb it. Once I have it the way I like it—even though nobody else likes it—I spray it and it’s good for the day.
And did you notice that baby was crying through half of the speech and I didn’t get angry? Not once. Did you notice that? That baby was driving me crazy. I didn’t get angry once because I didn’t want to insult the parents for not taking the kid out of the room!
Let me tell you, I’m a really smart guy.
Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest—and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.
I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.
Now that you’ve read them take a moment to honestly imagine Hillary Clinton saying these things. Sexism in the United States is alive and well, how do we know? If Hillary Clinton had made these statements, would she have a majority party nomination?