Where's Hillary's Feminine Side?
I hear it all the time. When people find out that I am supporting Hillary, they are shocked. "Oh, we thought you would be for Hillary." Read, you are old and white and a woman. But I knew all along that supporting the wrong woman was much worse than supporting the right candidate.
Overtime, I have had many conversations about this because, as women, the guilt constantly churns. The other day, my friend, who is a professor, asked me if people weren't supporting Hillary because she was a woman or was it because she was the wrong woman. I agreed with the latter conclusion.
Later, I told my husband that I was sick of all those white men in politics and he reminded me Hillary was a woman. "Not really," I responded. "She acts like an old white guy in politics." I haven't seen any of the positive feminine traits. Just the negative ones - the "I am a victim" being the most prominent. Sore loser, second.
And today I read an interview in the newspaper with one of the women who helped her when she was struggling to be content as the First Lady. She summed up my thoughts well:
....may be that Obama has given better voice to that new pattern of possibility -- that he embodies a more female, inclusive approach to problem-solving, while Clinton has become mired in proving herself capable of emulating the male model, which requires combat and the demonization of enemies.