And BTW, Don't Ever Tell a Strong-Willed Little Girl, "You Should Be a Lawyer When You Grow Up." Just Tell Her She's Awesome.
I'm feeling a little under the weather today, though less disenfranchised than yesterday afternoon, when elections felt like they were being decided distantly far away in time and space. I'm still entirely undecided between the leading contenders (Kucinich, anyone?), but there is a large piece of my heart that desperately wants there to be a woman president. And every piece of me would really love it if a woman could run for president without her gender getting in the way. Sadly, as the world, and my dad, remind us, we're not there yet. (Me: Okay, but why do you hate Clinton so much? Dad: She's power-hungry and selfish. She's just doing this because she wants power for herself. Me: But they *all* are! That's what a politician does! Dad: I'm allowed to hate her!) Feministing* is doing a "24-Hour Hillary Sexism Watch." It ranges from subtle to outright vile, but whomever you support, even if you don't know yet, it's important to be aware of how Clinton's gender gets brought into play, and to get in the habit of noticing.
(And yes, that's why she's "Clinton" and not "Hillary" for me.)
*"I don't have a feminist obligation to vote for Hillary Clinton, or donate money to her campaign, or show up at her rallies. My obligation is to support her right to compete on an equal playing field. To decry the disgusting amount of sexism she faces every day. (We've done so again and again and again.) And then to vote for another candidate if I feel he would make a better president. That, too, is a feminist act." [here]