Let me be as candid and transparent as possible: I was a very strong supporter of Bernie Sanders, and hillary-clinton-new-york-magazineuntil the past four weeks, held out great hope that he would become our next President. Over the course of the past month, I have had to do a great deal of reflecting and ask myself where does this seemingly irrational antipathy for Hillary Clinton come from? Why have I participated in it?

After doing some research and looking hard at systemic misogyny, I have had to confront myself with the truth that I bought into a narrative about Hillary Clinton that has been produced, packaged, and perpetuated by mostly the GOP with the help of many democrats and independents.

This narrative is a 30-year-old vilification of a woman who is bright, independent, wealthy, and powerful — a woman who asks for what she wants and needs. How very dare you, Ms. Clinton? How dare you have a mind of your own? How dare you be bright and powerful? How dare you ask for what you want and need? Don’t you know these rights are still exclusively for white, Christian, cisgender*, able-bodied, heterosexual men?

* cis·gen·der
Denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity conforms with the gender that corresponds to their biological sex; not transgender.
Example: “This newfound attention to the plight of black trans folks by primarily cisgender allies is timely and necessary”
(I had to look up the word. I figured if I didn’t know what it meant, possibly you didn’t either, so I added a definition.)

For the rest of these extremely well-written post, see: Dear Hillary: How Very Dare You!

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19 replies

  1. An honest and refreshing post!


  2. Yikes! I would NOT vote for them either.


  3. I’ve identified my problems with Hillary and I don’t think they’re completely rational. She sounds like my mom (I bet she sounds like a lot of people’s moms) and when she gets into a certain tone, I’m sure my heart beats faster and I want OUT because I know I’m next, whatever’s going to rain down is going to be on ME. I also don’t like the “first woman president” thing at all. I know that’s part of her agenda. I didn’t like the “first black president” thing, either. These are personal, gut-level responses. I still believe Bernie Sanders is a better leader and a more conscience driven person than Hillary; I do not believe he is as motivated by personal ambition. I did not respect Hillary’s line that her “moderate” agenda is more likely to succeed — what kind of success is that? That’s not success; it’s stagnation. But this is the election from hell and if I’m right, and if Trump is running to make sure Hillary can’t lose, well…


    • I’ve met Hillary. Liked her the first time. Liked her the second time. Bernie isn’t the candidate, so it’s a moot point whether or not he would have been an effective president. NOW the question is — do you want Trump as president? That’s it.

      I would probably vote for anyone who isn’t Trump, but I like Hillary. She has been working in public service her whole adult life. She’s not phoning it in. She’s put her money where her mouth is, stayed in the trenches, and stood up to 30+ years of national public bullying.

      I would hate to think anyone’s “tone of voice” would be the make/break in a national election. Especially this one.

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      • There is no choice. If I had a choice, I might not vote for her, but given what the Republicans have been dishing up for the past decade, I doubt that even if the opposition were someone other than he-who-shall-not-be-named, I would vote for them, either. I don’t think she’ll be a great president, frankly. I think she’ll be a one term president who takes incredible shit from the male chauvinist pigs, regressive, racist, sexist fear-mongers who now populate the Republican party. I think she’ll have a hell of a time getting anything done. More important to me this election (beyond not voting for he-who-shall-not-be-named) is working toward installing a more balanced House and Senate. Just my thoughts. Fortunately, because of her voice, I won’t be tempted to watch a lot of presidential speeches. And if he-who-shall-not-be-named were to be elected, I’d watch film reels of Il Duce and call it even. Until I’m arrested.


  4. I’m not sure whether I should go ’round back and have a belly laugh or a crying jag.

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  5. Interesting piece and thanks for the definition of cisgender, a word I had never heard before.

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    • As with most politicians, there is still the question of trust. After 30 years especially, the lies are just too much. And she is wealthy why? Whose money has she been taking? And the charitable foundation? And by her own words, they were broke when they left the White House. I don’t think she knows what broke means. Don’t get me wrong. I would never vote for the T-ster. So I guess it will have to be Hillary.


      • She invested well. Both she and Bill were poor, Bill especially. Real estate investments, working at law firms. They actually earned money and she is, apparently, a good investor. And she does know what broke means. Her grandfather was a coal miner and her father ran a 1-man repair shop. Bill was much poorer than that.

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    • I’d never heard of it either, so I looked it up. I figure I’ve got a pretty good vocabulary, so if I’d never heard the term, probably neither have most people. I like learning new words, though I can’t see that one coming up much in casual conversation.

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