Tagged: gender

a woman’s work…

so clinton finally dropped out and endorsed obama. good. now the real campaign can begin. on wednesday, after it was clear she was going to drop out, one of my students was pretty bummed out by clinton leaving the race. she was a passionate clinton supporter, and was a bit confused why i didn’t support her. i remember talking about it in february before the primary here. she wanted to know who i planned on voting for, and i told her it would probably be obama since edwards dropped out.

“why not hillary?”
“i don’t really like her.”
“why not? you’re a woman.”
“yeah, but i don’t trust her.”

and it’s true- i still don’t really trust her. one thing that really boils my blood is when people assume we should support somebody for their gender alone. it’s pretty amazing that a woman made it this far in the primary, just as amazing as a black man becoming a presidential candidate. but should somebody be elected purely on their gender or the colour of their skin? no. ideally, it would be on shared values and principals. now, clinton wasn’t a devil or anything like that, but she seemed hell bent on being elected and seemed to lose connection with the people. she doesn’t haven the charm or charisma of her husband, but who does, but the way they ran their campaign was sort of the nail in the coffin for me. was i swept up with obamania? maybe, but he definitely seems more in line with my philosophies. the whole gas tax thing sort of sealed the deal for me- clinton’s, and mccain’s, proposal is totally irresponsible and will only worsen the situation. of course obama’s answer wasn’t comforting, but it’s the truth. i’d rather suffer in the short term and work towards a better future than bury our heads in the sand and hope everything is ok.

all right. i need a brownie.

cry, cry, cry

hillary clinton is crying again. it makes me feel cold and cynical to say this, but i definitely feel that she’s just pandering for votes. i imagine her inner dialog being something like this:

“oh crap, obama might win in my backyard.”
“how can i seem more human?”
“smile more? nah.”
“i know! cry! it worked in new hampshire.”

i know her supporters will tout the tears as showing that she’s a caring, compassionate woman. but seriously- it makes me even more sure that she’ll do anything for a vote. it really angers me that this historically strong woman will retreat to stale tactics to get empathy of the voters. instead of crying when it seems advantageous, why doesn’t she try to come off as sincere most of the time? smile like a human? stop moving like a robot? oh, that takes work. i know lots of young people love obama, and it’s because he’s too busy seeming genuine to be pulling crap like this.

remember to vote tomorrow.
[tags]hillary clinton, barack obama, democratic primary, crying[/tags]