It’s an age-old issue for women. Time and time again, women are told by men both strangers and aquaintances to “smile!” While this comment may be meant as a benign effort to cheer someone up, it almost always feels objectifying and minimizing.

Though Hillary Clinton is the most powerful woman in the United States, even she has fallen prey to the “smile!” tactic, being constantly attacked for the way she talks and acts.

Most recently, even the RNC chairman Reince Priebus attacked Clinton for her lack of a smile, but the Democratic nominee wasn’t going to let that subtle sexism slide.
First, Priebus sent out this dumb tweet,

Then, Clinton shot back with this gem:

Later, during a press conference, Clinton further commented, saying,

“I don’t take anything seriously that comes from the RNC.”

Not content to stop there, Clinton then mentioned Trump’s positive comments about Vladamir Putin, noting that he likely said them with a smile.

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at