Friday, June 6


Struggling to articulate my feelings about what's happened this week, I stumbled across this:

The president of NOW sends a thank-you to Hillary Clinton.

Yes, Hillary Clinton persevered to win contest after contest, despite the ridicule, scorn and derision that was heaped on her by the frat-boy commentariat, and we salute her courage and determination not to allow the self-important pundit class to drum her out of the race with their endless name-calling. But will that treatment be the norm for women who run in the future? Has it become acceptable?

Television commentary on her voice, her laugh, her clapping, her clothing, even her ankles - not to mention calling her a bitch and a she-devil, and comparing her to a crazed murderer, a hated ex-wife or a scolding mother - became so commonplace that we came to expect it. And Hillary rose above it, as we knew she would, but it took a toll on her campaign and on all of us. We should vow today, here and now, that we will not allow the media to do it to any woman ever again.
Until then, a salute to Hillary Clinton, who said on Tuesday: "I made you -- and everyone who supported me -- a promise: to stand up for our shared values and to never back down. I'm going to keep that promise today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life."

Hillary, you have made a mark on history for eternity, giving little girls and little boys the full knowledge that women can compete, take risks, take the heat, make hard decisions, and be strong leaders. Whether you are President, Vice President, on the Supreme Court, serving as the Senate Majority Leader or just plain being the best-ever senator for New York and for ALL of us, we will be with you -- as we work together for equality for all, and a better, safer, more peaceful world for everyone, not just the privileged few. Yes, we will. Thank you, Hillary.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly, we did allow it this time and likely will in the future. Vows are pretty meaningless. I doubt there will be another woman who would put herself through what Hillary has. At least, not any time soon. Even if the DNC decided to pave the way for a woman, like they did for Barack, I would probably still not come back.

I read you blog regularly and really enjoy it though I don't usually comment. Keep the faith.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always hoped that the feminist organizations would have stood up more often and defended Hillary more than they did.

When they did stand up for it, it was in the timid way women are expected to defend themselves, in order not to threaten the male hierarchy.

The only way for this kind of behavior to stop is for women to unite and make it clear that enough is enough and we aren't backing down this time for the "good of the party".

Pay back is really going to be a bitch, both figurtively and literally!


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