January 28, 2008 4 Comments
I managed to avoid reading this all day long, but then Slog had to go and make it impossible to miss while scrolling along:
Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind and the Medicare bogus drug benefit brought us the passage of these flawed bills. We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, BUT women are always waiting in the wings. And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one).
just going to let this marinate for a second…
YOU’VE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME!!!!!!
That division of NOW once gave me an award a long time ago, back when I was a campus advocate and made it my mission to deny that feminism was a movement of women versus men. I campaigned against the idea that a woman or any person could be judged by their gender instead of their personal character. To see it implied that Hillary must be supported above a male candidate simply because she is a woman, it feels like NOW has committed the worst form of betrayal to the fundamental principles of feminism.
I’m sending the award back. This is not the same organization that recognized my work against sexism and violence. My feminism is about choice. As a feminist, I have a choice in who I support in the election – I do NOT have to pick the woman, ESPECIALLY if I think she is too divisive a figure to ever effectively lead this nation, or that she is a liar and I will never feel sane trusting what she says.
It is a surprise to find myself coming about to challenge those who raised me up. All I want to know is how could they forget? How could they ignore the one thing that matters in all of feminism? Her womanhood is irrelevant. To claim that she should get a vote (or not get a vote) because of her gender is SEXISM. She is a person, entitled to be held to the same standards as everyone else. That she is a woman doesn’t give her a free pass any more than it should hold her back.
Or is it only sexism when a boy says it, ladies?
UPDATE: With thanks to Jezebel, for helping me find that cool rage, the one that makes it okay because now I understand that there is simply a crazy person at the helm of NYS-NOW…
… She also goes off on Kucinich lovers, Alternet, Progressive Democrats of America, democrats.com and Howard Dean for tolerating Obama. Why does she so loathe Barack?
Well, according to a press release she wrote two weeks ago, it’s because he’s guilty of teaming up with John Edwards to “psychologically gang bang” Hillary.
UPDATE: As noted in the comments, the national NOW has distanced itself from the NYS-NOW statement:
Though the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee has proudly endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for president, we respect Sen. Kennedy’s endorsement. We continue to encourage women everywhere to express their opinions and exercise their right to vote.