Hillary Clinton's Battlefield.

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Women are the latest battlefield. Or at least BEING a woman seems to be controversial these days when it comes to presidential politics. And trying to figure out who will SECURE the votes of the nation’s females -- as if we all walk in lock-step when it comes to our political decisions -- well, that’s certainty being factored into the political equation too.

 

We’ve been reading news headlines recently about folks complaining that the top Democratic presidential contender at the moment, who happens to be a woman, is getting attacked during debates by the other male candidates and that their criticism (or “piling on” as it has been called) is occurring because she has ovaries and because the guys are sexist, not because she’s number one in the polls, is doing solid fundraising and needs to be toppled in order for one of the other candidates to prevail.

 

We’ve been seeing candidates, and/or their surrogates, alleging that they are more in tune with real, salt of the earth “women’s issues” than the actual female presidential hopeful is.

 

We’ve been hearing the actual female candidate herself reference kitchens, heat in kitchens, say how very comfortable she is in kitchens and observe how all the boys in the campaign are paying attention to her. This is the same woman, who the media reminds us, 15 years ago said that when she was a working mom, she did more with her life than just stay home and bake cookies like some housewife.

 

The politization of femininity, of the women’s vote and of so-called “women’s issues” (I loathe the term “women’s issues”) in this presidential race is unfortunate but not altogether unexpected. Nonetheless, the way those issues are being handled still ticks me off. I had hoped, perhaps naively, that a presidential race featuring a serious female candidate would be a wonderful, substantive thing to witness and discuss with my 9-year-old daughter, regardless of my political preferences or views on the candidates themselves. I had hoped to be able to use this campaign and the debates, regardless of the outcome, as a jumping off point for dialogue with my daughter, not as a lesson in frivolous discussion about whether a candidate is too feminine or not feminine enough.

 

freuten
11.24.07

What's really crazy is how we attack our own. I took a class in college about women in policing - and one of the things I learned was that women as a rule do not support and nurture each other in the workplace. Apparently this is true in the political arena as well. It boggles the mind - all the practical wisdom we earn as stay at home or working mothers...surely we could pull together behind an intelligent competent woman like Hilary.

CrazyMommy
11.13.07

I guess we could all pull together this campaign not have another woman go through all this again!

I totally agree with you and had a very broad discussion with my 1st grade brownie troop about being a woman today means you can be anything! I know I was telling a little white lie but it just felt right!