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TIME Magazine: FBI Is Investigating Hillary Clinton’s Emails Because She’s a Woman

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By Lukas Mikelionis | 4:52 pm, October 31, 2016

While the Democratic Party struggles to spin the latest news that the FBI will be looking deeper into Hillary Clinton’s emails, Time Magazine has come up with its own explanation for the agency’s renewed interest in the investigation.

Time published an article suggesting the sole reason Clinton is being attacked over her emails scandal is because she’s a “bossy, uppity and ambitious” woman who’s guilty of SWF (Speaking While Female).

In an article penned by a linguistics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Robin Lakoff begins by claiming that she’s “mad” because she’s “scared,” adding that “if you are a woman, you should be, too. Emailgate is a bitch hunt, but the target is not Hillary Clinton. It’s us.”

Lakoff argues that people attacking Clinton over her emails are doing it because of her gender: “The only reason the whole email flap has legs is because the candidate is female. Can you imagine this happening to a man?”

“Clinton is guilty of SWF (Speaking While Female), and emailgate is just a reminder to us all that she has no business doing what she’s doing and must be punished, for the sake of all decent women everywhere. There is so much of that going around,” the professor added.

The author also accuses FBI Chief James Comey, praised by many Democrats after he recommended not prosecuting Clinton, of being just “another bully of the same kind.” According to her, Comey has “repeatedly talked down to Clinton, admonishing her as a bad parent would a 5-year-old. He has accused her of ‘poor judgment’ and called her use of a private email server ‘extremely careless.’”

She continues: “Men have a nearly absolute right to freedom of speech. In theory, so do women, but that, as the creationists like to say, is only a theory”, she added.

The professor then changes gears and suggests Clinton’s emailgate has, in fact, nothing to do with the emails—”it’s about public communication by a woman in general”:

But here’s Hillary Rodham Clinton, the very public stand-in for all bossy, uppity and ambitious women. Here are her emails. And since it’s a woman, doing what decent women should never do—engaging in high-level public communication—well, there must be something wrong with that, even if we can’t quite find that something. We will invoke the terminology of criminal law to account for our feelings. She’s getting away with treason! Put her in jail! We can’t quite put our fingers on it, but the words sure do make a lot of people feel better, so they must be right.

At the end of the piece, Lakoff kills any pretense to objectivity by wondering: “Imagine the emails the Trump campaign must be exchanging … Now those would be legitimately interesting!”

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