Lots of words to say "because he's a man". It's a serious bummer. Everyone loves a little "girl power", so long as it's not a serious threat to male dominance.
That said, I do think Clinton was a unique lightening rod for sexism, because she was known first as a wife who acte like an equal. It caused massive panic, because that is what so many men, even those who claim to be "feminist" fear: Treating the women in their lives as equals.
I do hold out hope that other women, whose "wife" status is not so prominent, might do better, because they provoke less men's fears that they might have to start treating their own wives like equals, which means, gasp! doing the dishes.
Ugh, acted like. edit button @jack
As for female sexists, a lot of rejecting Clinton was a form of sexist, uh, virtue-signaling to men: Don't worry about me! I'm not *that* kind of feminist, the one who actually wants equality at home and in the workplace.
And to be clear, I totally get it. I did my share of that as a young woman. There's a lot of fear women live under, specifically because you're threatened day in and day out with loneliness if you dare actually demand fair and equal treatment.

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