This is what happened in the last presidential debate in the 2016 election in the United States: www.cnn.com/2016/10/20/politics/presidential-debate-takeaways/
Hearing Donald Trump chide Hillary Clinton with “Such a Nasty Woman,” brought back some unpleasant memories for me. One was about growing up in Virginia and the other about a debate that I participated in in Zimbabwe.
“Nasty” means not nice. It is not nice to point out a man’s shortcomings; it is not nice speak up; it is not nice to want more. Too many of us choke on niceness. My mother wore herself down being nice, attending to of ailing relatives who cared little for her. But she made fun of me with the phrase “nice/nasty,” telling me that my attempt at good manners did not outweigh my sloppiness. Telling me that I needed to be neater with my sanitary pads. We lived in a cold-water house: we could heat the water in the tank through a wood stove in the kitchen. And I was supposed to wrap the napkin in tissue, walk it from the bathroom through the living room and make a fire in the stove to burn it. That seemed like a walk of shame to me so instead I hid the napkins in my bedroom. Nasty. Maybe it’s no coincidence that memories of menstruation come up when the term “nasty woman” is bandied about. Many feminist scholars who argue against “anatomy is destiny,” still say that we have to come to grips with the moral weight of leaky bodies. See Elizabeth Gross http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=21041
In Zimbabwe, more than 30 years ago, I took the affirmative side in a debate, arguing that feminism was the force for progress in the world today. Against me was the editor of a national newspaper, a witty man, who knew how to play to the crowd. People were laughing at the awful things he said about women. I couldn't find the perfect put-down. I got hot and flustered, with great emotion, I said, “This is serious.” Fortunately, I pulled myself together to make a rebuttal about how equal rights for women contributed to the well-being of society in general. I also argued for the emancipation of women from the patriarchal family, which lost me some potential supporters. Nonetheless, my side won the debate in a voice vote, but the jokes at women’s expense still sting.