Exposing Hillary So She Won't Get Elected

Would You Bottom for Hillary?

There is no surprise value in announcing that the gay community supports Hillary; two same-sex couples were even featured in Clinton’s 2016 campaign announcement video.

But some have taken things to a whole new depth with a “I’d Bottom for Hillary” campaign. They even have T-shirts!

For those unfamiliar with the term “bottom” as used among gay men, it signifies the person on the receiving end of an anal sex act. It can also strongly imply a desire to be dominated by the other partner, to willingly place oneself in a subservient role in the face of a more powerful person. It can be kind of an odd thing to say when the “top” is a woman, but then again, this is not going to be your typical campaign.

Ryan, a 23-year-old San Franciscan who’s using his first name only, launched the “I’d Bottom for Hillary” campaign, a T-shirt and hashtag initiative. In interviews, Ryan characterized his #BottomForHillary movement as “just a fun way for people to show support for a presidential candidate.”

However, not everyone in the gay community is chuckling along. An Op-Ed in the UK Guardian stated “Gay men don’t have to bottom to prove they’re ready for Hillary any more than she has to prove she’s masculine enough to be president.” The writer goes on to say the meme relies on a logic of “bottom-shaming,” the essentially misogynistic notion that bottoming is more effeminate—and therefore a lesser act—than topping.

Other commenters have reacted similarly, claiming the bottom theme turns the agenda from the rights of the LGBTQ community to saying it is just about sex and jokes.

Will the #BottomForHillary movement help or hurt Clinton’s chances with LGBTQ voters? Time will tell.

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