The other day I posted this article in my social media feed. I still stand by it. I think the finer points apply. But when I posted it without much accompanying commentary of my own, it occurred to me later, if someone just read the heading, or didn't really read the accompanying article, that it looked like I was trying to say that if you don't like Hillary Clinton it's because you are sexist, or that if you are a woman and don't vote for Clinton you're a traitor. NOT. AT. ALL. Uh uh. To say that would be to say that women should be supporting Palin and Bachmann and Fiorina just because they're women, and I think you can guess how I recoil when typing any of those names. There are plenty of valid reasons why someone wouldn't want to vote for Clinton that have only to do with Clinton's track record and policies and ideas. And that's as it should be.
I don't talk about politics a lot, but it's not like my political leanings are a secret. Everything about me basically advertises that I'm super duper liberal, always have been, and though I am a registered Independent, so far in my adult life I haven't encountered a Republican presidential candidate that has come closer to embodying my ideals than a Democrat. Not saying it's a perfect party. Just saying that for me, it's the less-scary ticket. When it comes to the presidential elections, unfortunately, I make sure I vote because my priority is keeping people out of office (and their accompanying cabinet and Supreme Court nominations) vs. being really psyched about getting someone in. If Hillary gets the nomination, I will surely vote for her. If Bernie gets it, same. I like him, I do. But acknowledging that doesn't change the heart of the argument in that article, which is that, no matter what you believe or who you like, sexism is alive and powerful. Sure, women (and minorities) can do everything (white, usually straight, Christian) men can do, they've just got to do it uphill both ways with an elephant strapped to their backs and a meticulous record of existence. This is not an excuse to take shortcuts or expect special treatment, or an opportunity to play victim--the best of them don't operate under that condition and I don't see HRC ever doing so--you just have to work under the assumption that you have to fight harder just to get to equal footing with the people in power and that sucks. That it's still an overarching reality in this day and age SUCKS.
Debate is awesome and life-affirming, but in the case of this blog, I'm not inviting debate. You're going to vote for who you're going to vote for, likewise for me. Anyway, nobody really changes anyone's mind. I just wanted to clarify where I stand with regard to tokenism and sexism and feminism and how they all intersect and impact us in various and serious ways. "Ism ism ism," as a great but flawed thinker of our time once murmured from a bed.