Recently, I wrote a tribute to Hillary Clinton for teaching me so much about politics. Now I want to share what she taught me about sexism and feminism.
Hillary Clinton taught me that sexism is real, and it is any negative critique in the direction of anything a woman has said or done. But more particularly, it is any critique of a rich and powerful woman who wants to become more rich and powerful.
There is an inherent bias in society. Therefore, a woman, at least a certain special one, can do no wrong. Anyone criticizing a woman of power is unjustified. There is no escaping this sexism.
If there is a lot of criticism, all of it is necessarily related to sexism. If a woman is caught in a lie, and it can be viewed over and over again on video, audio, and photograph—and people find this contemptible—the lie can be dismissed. It never has to be apologized for. Requesting an apology from a woman is sexist.
It’s tough being a woman in politics. If you vote for the Iraq War, based on sketchy intelligence, that’s an oopsie. Nevertheless, it should not be held against you. Even if you are running to be in control of the full military of the most powerful nation on Earth, other members of Congress also voted for the Iraq War based on a thin layer of propaganda. Please criticize them just as much at this time. (But preferably, just drop it.)
Speaking of war and foreign policy, women have to be extra tough to show their strength, and prove their worth. A woman as Secretary of State of an imperialist nation—now that is power! Criticizing someone for authorizing drone strikes from their cell phone, like it’s a free game from the app store, is, of course, sexism. (It doesn’t matter if those drone strikes overwhelmingly hit innocents.)
Also, do not make any connection between Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy as Secretary of State and this poll of world nations near the end of her tenure that said the United States is “the greatest threat to world peace.”
The emails, oh the emails. Why would you criticize a woman just for doing emails? It was a mistake, she admitted this much. Hillary Clinton used a private server in a bathroom to store highly-sensitive national security information against well-known government protocol. Then, she lied a lot about how and why she did it, or whether she did it at all. However, she should have gotten a break. (She’s a woman.)
Hillary Clinton taught me also that feminism has little to do with economics. Sure, women get paid less for the same amount of work as men, and I suppose we could fight for equal pay, but what’s more important is to get a woman elected to power. If you’re not with her, you’re against women.
And if a political opponent, who is a man, fights even harder for equal pay—that is not feminist, because he is a man. If a man’s (like Bernie Sanders) policies would be more helpful for women, we know they wouldn’t have been enacted anyways—hers are pragmatic, and his are not, and if he insists otherwise, we’d have to wonder if he’s more than a little sexist…
I learned that Bernie Sanders’s supporters are also sexist, because if they weren’t, they would have supported the woman in the race. Bernie wagged his finger in a debate, and I just couldn’t believe how sexist that was. A few of his supporters threw dollar bills at Hillary Clinton’s car as it drove by, like she’s just someone to be bought and sold. This was not just a reference to her way of big-money politics. It was a purely sexist insult and an attack on women everywhere.
Breaking up the banks won’t end sexism, by the way, so vote for Hillary Clinton. You see, what I learned is that you can be anti-worker, pro-Wall Street, and also, feminist. You can sit on the board of Walmart, one of the largest employers of women—and one of the most anti-worker predatory corporations—and still be fighting for women’s rights.
And a fighter she is. I learned that sexism and feminism are confined to our own borders, and fighting against women outside our own country is basically irrelevant. Just because Hillary Clinton supported an anti-democratic coup in Haiti, well, that is no big deal (don’t attack Hillary Clinton, a woman, for this.) Orchestrating the destruction of Libya was also a testament to her intelligence—this is off-limits for criticism. If you believe otherwise, or hold this against her… perhaps check your sexism?
Sexism and feminism are also confined to Hillary Clinton’s sliver of the political spectrum. It is simply the New Democrats, like Hillary Clinton and her supporters, who are more attuned to sexism and feminism than anyone else. This is true because prominent women like Joy Reid are saying this on TV.
Leftist women do not count, of course. Actually, I do not believe they exist. If they do, their criticisms are certainly misguided. Please look up “internalized misogyny.”
(This is what happens when you hang around the Bernie Brocialists all the time—you “attack women”—and don’t vote for them when you get the chance. Ugh.)
If you didn’t vote for Hillary in the general election, for whatever reason (including some of these), you might just be sexist. Actually, you definitely are. And you are certainly no feminist. Hillary Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, was clearly sexist and incompetent, so anything but a vote for Hillary Clinton is therefore sexist and against feminist ideals. What do you want, Trump? (This is the high bar to set for women.)
Above all, here’s the lesson I learned from Hillary Clinton about sexism and feminism. The most important thing is simply to be a rich and powerful white woman in the United States of America. Or, at least, to try. Then, you can do whatever you want with your wealth and power, and criticism of your actions are sexist, and anyone who “attacks” you is not a feminist. You can cynically use feminism as a campaign strategy and political weapon, yes, that is its best use. Feminism sells, and more importantly, it gets votes.
My children look up to her, and hope to be her one day. For she showed that if you really do work your way up the corrupt system, rather than fight against it—then one day, if we convince enough people that this is feminism—and if we convince enough people that any and all criticism of a woman is sexist—then a rich and powerful woman can become President of America. Which, thanks to political heroes like Hillary Clinton, is the greatest country in the entire United States.