Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was featured on the Humans of New York Facebook page on Thursday, and told a story of how she was mocked and jeered while taking a law school admissions test by men who were not thrilled by her presence. She also explained that her "walled off" demeanor came from her efforts to control her emotions as a young woman to protect herself from sexist behavior.
“I was taking a law school admissions test in a big classroom at Harvard. My friend and I were some of the only women in the room. I was feeling nervous. I was a senior in college. I wasn’t sure how well I’d do. And while we’re waiting for the exam to start, a group of men began to yell things like: ‘You don’t need to be here.’ And ‘There’s plenty else you can do.’ It turned into a real ‘pile on.’ One of them even said: ‘If you take my spot, I’ll get drafted, and I’ll go to Vietnam, and I'll die.’ And they weren’t kidding around. It was intense. It got very personal. But I couldn’t respond. I couldn’t afford to get distracted because I didn’t want to mess up the test. So I just kept looking down, hoping that the proctor would walk in the room. I know that I can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional. But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk. Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’ And sometimes I think I come across more in the ‘walled off’ arena. And if I create that perception, then I take responsibility. I don’t view myself as cold or unemotional. And neither do my friends. And neither does my family. But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can’t blame people for thinking that.”
This was actually a smart move for Hillary. Her cold, brutal personality has been mocked by just about everyone, and she's been criticized as being robotic. Now, she's explaining why she's seen as cold and unemotional, and it's a very personal look at what had to have been a stressful time in her young life. Additionally, she is portraying herself as a trailblazer for women from the get-go. These are both positives in areas that she desperately needed to work on.
Now, will we get a nice portrayal of Donald Trump at any point soon? He's also from New York...