is going to announce announced her long-expected second run for the presidency today and shit, as they say, is about to get real. One thing that surprised me about Obama’s candidacy and presidency has been how truly, deeply, evilly racist our society still is (I know, but privilege!) and how his election brought all that infection to the surface in one ugly boil. I expect Clinton’s candidacy and (please Goddess) presidency to do that and more for sexism. It’s going to be a long nine (hopefully) years.
As Melissa says (and I agree):
Clinton is a consummate modern Democratic politician. Which means she’s way more conservative on many issues that I am (and most of this readership is): She’s a corporatist, an opportunist, not committed to full transparency, and way more hawkish on foreign policy than I want any president to be (though I am keenly aware that peaceniks don’t get elected). She’s not great at talking about race and racism, always sounding awkward and unnatural like she’s really trying hard to avoid saying the wrong thing, at a time when we really need a president who can speak confidently on racial issues.
That’s not a complete list, but it’s a few of my major concerns. And, to be fair to Hillary Clinton, most of them are concerns I would have about virtually any Democratic candidate. But that doesn’t make them any less concerning.
And Melissa speaks for me when she says:
[L]et me just lay out what things are going to look like around here, regarding her candidacy, and y’all can manage your expectations accordingly: I am going to staunchly, unapologetically defend Hillary Clinton from the unfathomable torrents of misogyny which will be disgorged by both conservatives and progressives who can’t be bothered to criticize her on the issues; I am going to be excited and invigorated by Hillary Clinton and her campaign; I am going to be depressed by and frustrated with Hillary Clinton and her campaign.
And if she happens to win, just substitute “presidency” for “campaign.”
And, like Melissa, here’s my bottom line:
And no matter what, I am going to push back with all of my might against misogyny unleashed at her, because that’s how feminism works.
So strap in, y’all. Here we go.
I’ve spent my life watching Patriarchy demonize smart, ambitious, aggressive women, although often subtly and from the shadows. Now, it’s all going to come out into the open.