06 January 2008 @ 07:47 pm
Stop it, already!  
It's presidential campaign primary season, of course, so much of the idle chatter here and there is turning political. I know someone from New York state who absolutely adores Hillary Clinton, and (without knowing my own leanings), she accused women who do not support Ms. Clinton as being biased against the whole idea of a female president, either consciously or because of ingrained cultural sexism.

I had to speak up, because this is probably the gazillionth time I've heard someone say this or something similar. I'm not a Hillary supporter, and yet I feel it's high time we had a female president... just not her, thanks. And that's not to say I'd definitely vote for any other candidate based upon her gender, either, mind you. I think telling people they need to vote for Hillary because she is a woman is just as sexist as telling people they shouldn't vote for her because she is a woman. In both cases, you are basing your vote not on her qualifications or positions, but upon her gender.

Likewise, I feel it is racist to base support for Barack Obama on his race alone, just as racist as it is to make that your reason for not supporting him.

Vote however you like, support whomever you like. But don't tell me that because we both have vaginas, I should support Hillary Clinton. That makes as much damn sense as telling me I should vote for Rudy Giuliani because he and I both have elbows.
 
 
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The Knight in Shining Skull T-shirtgillan on January 7th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Seriously. She's got blood on her hands, and has been unrepentant about the war. Pff.
la renarde: blue state liberalpouringsand on January 7th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
I like Kucinich most of all, myself.
Amy*: studyrenoir_girl on January 7th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
Amen. Though moot.

The whole thing reminds me of one of the best-ever episodes of Will and Grace. Will was campaigning for "the gay guy" running for city council, and Grace supported his fight until she found out that "a jewish woman" was running against the gay guy. They argued over these two candidates (neither of them knowing the first thing about the candidates platforms) until they hosted fundraisers for them both in their apartment on the same night (I-Love-Lucy-style boundary line down the middle and all). Come to find out "the jewish woman" was a horrifying racist and "the gay guy" was all for shipping the poor people out of the country. It communicated extremely effectively through the comedy of errors.
la renarde: colbertpouringsand on January 8th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Very nice. :)
sin_agua on January 7th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Imho (and speaking as someone with a vagina, lol!), it's sexist to insist that we MUST elect Hilary simply because she's a woman. It implies that simply by virtue of possessing an aforementioned vagina, she is somehow "better" than any male candidate, and/or that anything sketchy about her or her past should be overlooked because it's more important to just get a FEMALE in the White House - ANY female, evidently.

Btw, I see you've gone back to your old layout. Why?? Just wondering, being nosy, you know the routine... ;)
la renarde: caterpillarpouringsand on January 8th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
I was annoyed that the previous design would cut off images that were too wide for the blog body, and I couldn't customise its width. I toyed with several different design ideas before settling on the old starry sky as a kind of placeholder until I find (or make) something new that I prefer. :)
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