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Response to DeepModem Mom (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 05:03 PM

1. Supporting Hillary simply in reaction to others' sexism caricatures and dehumanizes her as well

I appreciate male allies in the movement for gender justice and thank you for your post. Speaking as a long-time radical feminist, I have immense respect for Hillary and wish she'd get appointed to SCOTUS or continue in global women's rights work. She has endured so much vitriole from the right (and some on the left, in 2007-8) for being a strong, unapologetic female.

That said, I wouldn't vote for Thatcher (were she resurrected), or Kay Bailey Hutchinson, or Carly Fiorina, or Condoleeza Rice. All strong women--none as strong and brilliant as Hilary--but addressing the excesses of late-stage capitalism from the ground up is our best hope of dealing with global climate change, peak oil, and the gross income inequality that is exacerbating historic racial and gender inequality. She doesn't get it. She's a neoliberal through and through. Like Obama, she has vested interests in Wall Street.

We need much more powerful change than Hilary can offer. The best national option for that change, in addition to our fighting against voter suppression to regain control at the local, state, and congressional level, is Bernie Sanders, an elderly white Jewish male.

As Catharine MacKinnon famously said about women who fought feminism, "the good news, it's not biological." Indeed, it is not. Which is why I don't give a shit that my candidate has a penis. His politics, character, and history are what matter to me, and the only reason his penis matters is that because he has one (and white skin), he could have happily ignored the problems of entire segments of society and probably made a lot more money and been more politically successful earlier. He didn't cave in to that privilege because he believes in something greater. I work to live in a world where this is the basis on which we evaluate people.

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