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It’s cool, guys, you can vote for a woman.
Are you man enough to vote for Hillary Clinton? That’s what a new hashtag campaign asks, because the most important thing to consider when voting is “Will my masculinity remain intact?”
The campaign seems to have started in March with actor Craig Young, who posted a photo of himself saying he was “man enough 2 vote 4 a woman.”
Image searches on Twitter, Google, and Reddit don’t show a clear origin for the second poster, and neither appears to be officially tied to the Clinton campaign. The photo did, however, show up on 4chan last night, and others on Twitter speculate that Trump supporters might have tweaked the original image to include the bearded hipster model.
Still, the message is clear: If you’re worried about voting for a woman, it’s OK, the government will not swoop in and revoke your gender identity.
Like with many hashtags, not everyone’s into it.
The thing is, though, the hashtag has a point. Many legitimate criticisms lobbed at Clinton are tinged with sexism, and it may be impossible to separate the two. There are still men who don’t believe any woman should be president, and according to the Economist, “Mrs. Clinton has won on average 44 percent of the white male vote compared to 56 percent for Mr. Sanders.”
However, believing men need reassurance that supporting a woman is OK only enforces the idea that man supporting a woman is un-masculine. But then again, gender is a performance and a construct!
Anyway, how is this not Clinton’s campaign song?
Update 2:00pm CT, May 26: The story has been updated to include the image’s appearance on 4chan and Trump-supporter-tampering theories.
Jaya Saxena is a lifestyle writer and editor whose work focuses primarily on women's issues and web culture. Her writing has appeared in GQ, ELLE, the Toast, the New Yorker, Tthe Hairpin, BuzzFeed, Racked, Eater, Catapult, and others. She is the co-author of 'Dad Magazine,' the author of 'The Book Of Lost Recipes,' and the co-author of 'Basic Witches.'