BUT, the important thing to note about these criticisms: not one of them argues, implies, or otherwise suggests that Trump was or is unqualified to be president on the basis of his sex. Not one of these critics has suggested that Trump was ignorant, weak, deceitful, duplicitous, or otherwise unqualified, on the basis of his being a man. Not one. And were I to venture a guess, I'd speculate that in the entire virtual world of social media, and throughout every dinner table, church foyer, and living room in America, no such criticism was ever made. But such criticisms were made, and have been made her entire political career, of Hillary Clinton. The words 'Trump that *!#$%' were prevalent at Trump's rallies and on his supporters' garb, as were the chants of 'Lock her up!'. Throughout the social media sphere were off the cuff remarks, innuendos, and jokes about a woman's lack of tenacity and temerity in the context of a dangerous world such as we face. There were signs along the highway, "Choose Trump/Pence, Not Her," which directly connects one's reason for not choosing Hillary to her sex. No such signs said, "Choose Hillary, Not Him."
Not to mention, and this cannot be overstated, such sexually discriminatory terms were used by the president-elect himself. Of both Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton, Trump made comments about their appearances. Then of course we have the infamous Billy Bush tapes, in which Trump boasts about how rich and powerful men can do whatever they want to a woman, claims which he later casually shrugged off as 'locker room banter.' Through the course of his campaign, numerous women came forth and accused him of sexual assault. In many cases, Trump's responses to those women were that the accusations were ludicrous, on the basis that the women were not hot enough for him to assault. (Again, I'm not exaggerating). He just named as one of his chiefs of staff a far-right zealot who has previously been accused of domestic violence. And in electing Trump president of the United States, Americans have emphatically stated that they were willing to overlook all of those horrifying details, not to mention Trump's utter lack of experience, global knowledge, or preparation for the office, choosing him over Hillary.
This sends a clear message to young women and girls in this country: if you are a woman with high aspirations, know that you will be subject to criticisms, mockery, and other obstacles to which your male counterparts will not be subjected. Your physical appearance will be mocked and denigrated, and you will be deemed unfit to lead on the basis of that belittling - be pretty, but not whorish. Your emotional status will be constantly scrutinized - be passionate about causes such that you connect with everyday folks, but be also cool, detached, and eminently rational. Most importantly, know that, whatever criticisms are leveled against you, they will be tied explicitly and implicitly to your status as a woman. This election demonstrated that, if one is a man, there is nothing, literally nothing, that ultimately disqualifies one in the public eye, but, one's being a woman is itself a significant obstacle. As I saw on Facebook, (and I'm paraphrasing): "What I learned from this election: it is still better to be a racist, Islamophobic, xenophobic misogynist, than it is to be a woman."
As the father of a daughter, this was the aspect of this election most troubling to me. And it is positively horrifying to me that many other fathers and mothers currently share these fears, but moreover, I am saddened, disgusted, ashamed, and appalled by the fact that those folks belonging to groups that in any way deviate from that of the white, heteronormative male face such fears on a drastically augmented and intensified scale.