Apropos of nothing, my current list of subjects and comment threads I’m sick of reading on feminist political blogs:
- how the caucus system is unfair to Clinton because her female supporters are subjected to intimidation by Obama backers. Not only does it strike me as offensive to suggest that Clinton supporters can’t stand up for themselves in a caucus, but these charges are based on nothing more than anecdotal reports of bad behavior. I have heard my own share of anecdotes regarding bad behavior by Clinton supporters. Shameful? Yes. Evidence of sexism? I don’t think so.
- The, by now, famous utterance of Obama involving the word “periodically,” and the phrase “feeling down” as a response to a question about Clinton’s attacks. Did he mean it as a sexist put-down? How could he not, he’s so gosh-darned smart and all, so let’s switch our vote to Clinton. The remark does reverberate as a sexist statement. Agreed and duly noted. Can we please move on? There is tremendous value in documenting sexism in all its insidious and not so insidious forms, but where is the value in slapping the wound over and over again? I have read numerous comments from people who say that this remark by Obama is so egregious they cannot bring themselves to vote for him or Clinton, both candidates being seriously flawed. To which I say, “get over yourself,” and stop whoring for attention like all those “undecideds” in 2004 who just “couldn’t decide” between Bush and Kerry. Please. We have two great candidates to chose from. If you’re waiting for the perfect candidate, you’ll be waiting until Wisconsin freezes over.
- Tim Gunn is sexist because he commented that Hillary Clinton is “confused about what gender she is.” Tim Gunn was discussing fashion on Conan O’Brien’s show. FASHION. You know, the one cultural hold-out of feminism in its purest form? Yeah, that’s right. Fashion and pants suits. You will never see those two words (er, three words) together again.
Rant over. For now.
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