Hillary’s War on Women and Why Young Women Support Bernie

By | February 6, 2016

Another day and another outraging statement from Hillary or someone who supports her. I just can’t get over how infuriating this one is. And coming from someone that should probably know better. Let’s just get to the statement:

Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright introduced Hillary Clinton at an event in New Hampshire on Saturday, telling the crowd and voters in general: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”

In polling, Clinton trails the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire by an average of around 17 points. She leads him nationally by 15 to 20 points. In this week’s Iowa caucus, which Clinton won narrowly, the former secretary of state led Sanders among women by 53% to 42% but lost out among younger voters.

Are you kidding me? Essentially this is a former secretary of state damning women to hell for not supporting Hillary. Let that sink in.

I am flabbergasted because to me this is the complete opposite of what I have always been taught feminism stood for. Wikipedia says this about feminism:

Feminism is a range of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women.

Guess what right women should have? TO SUPPORT WHOEVER THE HELL THEY WANT TO. Women can support other women, men or a combination. They can even support Republicans. Or Communists. Or decide to not vote at all. But just because they have a uterus and Hillary also shares this biological feature doesn’t mean they need to go like a drone and vote for her.

But I think there is an insidiousness here that also is an prod at another popular woman that leans more ideologically his way: Elizabeth Warren. I pointed out yesterday that female Senators are pressuring her to heed the biological feminine imperative to blindly support Hillary despite the issues Warren has had with her in the past.

Not to worry though, because Gloria Steinem, a feminist icon, came out to defend these women who are supporting Bernie:

“I don’t mean to over-generalize … but men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age, and women get more radical because they lose power as they age,” Steinem responded.
“So it’s kind of not fair to measure most women by the standard of most men, because they’re going to get more activist as they get older,” she added.
“And when you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.”
Wait, what?
Let me try to figure this out because I think I am losing my mind. Between Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright I believe I have figured out that young women are boy crazy and since they are seeking men out they are going over to Bernie to get them some Bernie Bros. As such, they are condemned to the fiery pits of hell.
Have I lost my mind? Is this feminism?
I like to think women are smarter than this. They are able to think rationally, look at both candidates and decide that one of them are better representative of their values and beliefs. When they look at Bernie they see someone they feel can best represent them in the White House.
He has a lifetime pro-choice record and co-sponsored the Freedom of Choice Act in 1993.
He supports a living wage, which is maybe a bit important to these young women because 2/3 of pregnant adolescent women live under the poverty level.
And, on top of those issues important to women, he also supports campaign finance reform, single payer health care, and income and wealth inequality.
Essentially, they are supporting a candidate that shares their values. They are not drones that see a woman running for president and ignores everything else to fall in line. That is intimidation, and those statements are meant to shame them.
Women, you have come a long way to be where you are today. There is still work that needs to be done. I will not shame you into voting for Bernie. Above is a list of his plans. Like them? Vote for him. Go see her plan. Like it? Vote for her. Don’t like them. Well, there are Republicans you may like better. Even a woman one. But, it’s your right.
I promise you that you will not go to hell for voting for someone that isn’t Hillary. Also, I believe you have a good head on your shoulders and not boy crazy and supporting Bernie to find guys. Even typing that makes me sick.
Shame on you Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem.
Update: Another thought on this from a discussion I had on Facebook earlier.
Back when I was in grad school we studied feminist therapy where you approach the problem faced by the client from the perspective that they are in a disadvantaged position due to gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race and so forth. You would assist the client in facing the forces disempowering them and work to empower them against those forces. But here you see two women that are essentially removing the power these women have in making choices. It’s sickening. 

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  • I am a 40 year feminist and I FULLY agree.

    Hope Gloria Steinem will reconsider her unfortunate statement.

    • Mike Brandvold

      LOL a feminist doesn’t kiss a male mods butt just for the privilege to post on his site. You are a SAD excuse for a feminist.

      • JOSGOOD

        WTF?

    • The Dreadful Flying Glove

      No feminist begs a MAN to let her back on his website.

      • nickqueen

        Who begged to be let back on a website?

  • livefromTX

    “I don’t mean to over-generalize … but men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age,”

    Her statement isn’t just wrong about women, it is also wrong about older men. I am 57, and I have gotten more liberal as I have grown older. I have lived through the failures of Republican leadership. I have a son-in -aw who is a permanently disabled Marine. I see the challenges and lack of opportunities that exist for my children and grandchildren. I have seen the Midwestern communities I grew up decimated by job losses, decaying infrastructure, and the wholesale loss of the manufacturing base that was their lifeblood. What I haven’t seen is anyone jailed for rampant financial fraud. What I don’t see is any interest by Congress in spending money on anything but wars, prisons, and corporate giveaways. What I see from Hillary is a willingness to say or do anything necessary to get elected but nothing beyond that.

    Bernie is building a huge grass roots driven movement because he speaks to issues that motivate the electorate. Bernie is building a huge grass roots movement because he sees racial, and gender, and economic divisions as problems to be addressed not as demographics to target for campaign purposes. Bernie is building a huge grass roots driven movement because he speaks truth to power and points out obvious truths about the corrupting influence of Wall Street money on politics and Hillary’s indebtedness to their agenda.

    • nickqueen

      Same here. I was more conservative as a youth but experiences showed me that the world does not work the way conservative mythology paints it.