Can we get real for a minute?
I actually think that it’s okay to want Hillary for President because she’s a woman.
I know, I know. You’re not supposed to say shit like that. It’s like, reverse sexism or something. As if that even exists.
Believe me, I don’t like the assumption people make that because Hillary is a woman, that’s the only reason other women want to vote for her.
It’s not the only reason, for sure. But it is a pretty important one.
That pantsuit life
Just like Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels, Hillary’s gender has meant that she has done everything all the other candidates have done whilst swimming through a tide of sexist bullshit and rocking a fierce pantsuit.
Hillary gets the job done
As a woman, she comes up against so much scrutiny – if her behaviour isn’t impeccable then she is torn down in seconds, whilst her opponents rant and rave and threaten gun violence and somehow get away with it. She’s bucking the stereotype of what a woman should be; she’s dominating a male arena and as a result, she’s constantly up against media criticism and, quite frankly, some hideous public commentary.
And this is the best it has been. More people are aware of sexism in the media and in politics than ever before, but Hillary has been living this shit for her whole career. She has been showing up every day, doing the work and never giving up. Just like all those inspirational Pinterest quotes have been telling us to do all this time. Where many people (me) would be crying in a corner at the ugly things being said about them, she puts on her hairspray and does it all over again. So much Hillary hatred is wrapped up in gross misogyny, and her ability to overcome that? It’s because she’s a woman. Not just because she’s a woman, but that is definitely part of it.
Women on top!
That is not to say that Hillary Clinton doesn’t have problematic politics, or wants policies that I don’t agree with or which don’t benefit or raise up women like we’d hope. She’s not perfect. But this is the US Presidential election, so you’ve got to take what you can get. Plus, let’s not ignore the fact that Bernie Sander’s whiteness and his maleness is part of what makes him able to spout more radical proposals during this election. If, as a woman, Hillary had started out on a platform anywhere near as left wing as Bernie’s, she wouldn’t have got anywhere near Washington. Let’s be real, people.
There’s no denying that having a woman at the top can also have huge ramifications for women’s representation across the board. It’s a small step, but one in the right direction.
Obviously, here in the UK, we’ve seen that having a female prime minister didn’t do all that much for women’s rights and equality. Thatcher certainly didn’t help the situation (and in fact, may have made things worse…) but Hillary is no Thatcher, despite the similarities in hairstyle. Hillary openly identifies as feminist. She has shown growth in her politics and there is potential there. I have faith.
Plus, girl is fierce. You saw Texts from Hillary, right?
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