POLITICS

Kent State University course examines Hillary Clinton campaign, sexism

Jennifer Griffin reports for 'Special Report'

 

Kent State University is turning Hillary Clinton's life into a lesson with a new class focused on the Democrat who lost her presidential bid this past week.

The course, titled "Hillary Clinton Case Study: Perspectives on Gender and Power," is being taught by the director of the school's women's studies program, Suzanne Holt.

She calls the course a "perfect mirror" of society in respect to women's issues.

The class will explore the cultural perception of Clinton and will likely span her entire career as former first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee.

Clinton lost her bid for the White House to Republican Donald Trump in Tuesday's election.

Molly Merryman, the director of Kent State’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, issued a statement that read, "During a presidential race that has included national conversations on trustworthiness, misogyny and sexual assault, a class like this will help to untangle these issues in public consciousness.

The course will reportedly use the Clinton campaign to highlight institutionalized sexism.

“The election will be our starting point because it is a crux: it’s when Hillary Clinton— the real woman— was gradually replaced by media representations that ranged from verisimilitude to age-old stereotypes to insinuating memes to vulgarity,” Holt, said to Kent Wired. “It’s also when the ‘woman factor’ became evident at the same time our inability to talk about it did. It’s also when the wide range of media and social media turned into a tablet, recording a log of feelings/thoughts— the splits in our American psyche.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report