Just Stop Before I Really Get Pissed

First, the quote from “To Women, So Much More Than Just a Candidate”:

As Wagner and other NOW executives toured Ohio last week, they repeated a resounding message: Clinton has been mistreated by an opponent who subtly demeans her, by a mainstream media that ridicules her, by voters too threatened to vote for a confident woman, by young women who no longer feel the urgency of the women’s movement, by African American women for whom race is more important than gender.

H/T: bbll

Next, the rant:

by voters too threatened to vote for a confident woman, by young women who no longer feel the urgency of the women’s movement, by African American women for whom race is more important than gender.

Here’s the problem, the repeated problem, with white-middle-class-women-centered movements–there always, always comes a point–no, multiple points when black women are pointed at and told to choose sides or be bad women who are “blinded” by race. This is not the way to get my vote. And NOW, don’t try advancing “my” cause for me with manipulative, self-serving, half-truthy-and-half-false barkeater bullshit.

Are women important to me? Fuck yes. Will you use that to bludgeon me into doing what you say because you say it? Fuck no. Am I going to vote for a candidate because of his or her gender or race? I’d be a fool if that were the main characteristic I felt made a good president or person.

What has HRC done for women lately other than get herself elected to office? “Role model” and “confident woman” don’t do shit about health care, what’s left of the social safety net, test-score-driven and largely punitive education “reform,” the Iraq miasma, or the butt-shaking, straight-haired, navel-ringed ethos of BET.

End of rant.

I just had to get that out.

And the comments still don’t work.

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2 Responses to Just Stop Before I Really Get Pissed

  1. Tamarika says:

    AMEN to that! Perfect response. I ranted a bit myself today … and I am a feminist! Those NOW women should read a bit of bell hooks and come to their senses. I would vote for a woman if she was worthy of my vote. Besides, Hillary is all the time touting Bill’s Presidency for goodness sakes. She is NOT a stand alone, independent woman role model. FAR from it! Go Obama!

  2. Priory says:

    You know it. If you watch the talking heads, the only reasons for any women to vote are uterine or vaginal–regardless of ideology. I’m tired of it. Like we don’t vote taxes, global policing, environment, economy. No, we vote genitalia. Whoo-hoo! I say if that’s the case, they should show us what really would speak to that. Huh.

    The current coverage has given us the lame candidates we have now. News producers should not determine this. “First kill all the…” programming execs. Give us raw coverage. Remember Dan Rather’s ideas on the role of news outlets? To give Americans the news they can “handle.” Bah.

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