People can’t seem to stop telling Hillary Clinton ― former senator, secretary of state and now the Democratic nominee for president ― that she needs to change her demeanor while in public. “Smile,” they say. “What’s with the annoying vocal inflection?” they ask.
While critics have been resoundingly slammed for these sexist remarks, Reince Priebus, one of the country’s most powerful Republicans, hasn’t seemed to notice.
Clinton has long endured such talk, which often ignores her policy in favor of “policing her face and tone.” And while she did appear to get annoyed at times during Wednesday’s event when she was questioned over her email server, Priebus telling her to “smile” while speaking about national security and veterans affairs basically boils down to an internet-based catcall.
As HuffPost’s Emma Gray notes:
When powerful men tell a powerful woman to “smile” or “be conversational,” there’s a reason that it strikes a nerve beyond the political sphere.
Women experience the policing of their voices, their tones and their facial expressions on a near-daily basis ― inside the office, online, and even walking down the street.
And the Clinton camp was not having it.