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\"vagina voter\": witnessing the sexism hurled at hillary in \'08 -- and the assumptions made about her supporters -- changed my life

by:Grade     2020-01-06
Hillary Clinton and her countless personal and political experiences have made me more brave than ever before.
Looking back at the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination primary, I can link the events that ultimately changed my opinion as a politician.
As a volunteer for Hillary\'s campaign, for eight months, I gave super-
Representative and member of the national women\'s organization.
Until then, I have never paid too much attention to Hillary\'s life and career.
I only became a volunteer after seeing the gender discrimination that Democrats abandoned during her campaign;
This gender discrimination prompted me to learn more about her as a person and candidate.
I didn\'t realize at the time how much gender discrimination would ultimately affect Hillary\'s campaign and its outcome and how much I think about the political world.
At that time, I was filming a documentary about the women\'s liberation movement and a full one.
Working as a visual effect editor in the film industry.
My daughter is five years old.
For me, the time requirement to be a mother is still new.
Still, I managed to arrange my campaign volunteer work during my lunch break and within hours of getting home.
This is the first time I have volunteered to run for president.
Yes, is it hard?
But it\'s transformative.
In the early days of my work on feature film visuals, someone once explained to me that although the work seems difficult and abstract, one day I will understand its technical complexity in a simple way
The metaphor used is to turn on the light bulb in a dark room.
The switch will switch to \"on\" one day and I will fully understand.
I am becoming more and more aware of how gender discrimination affects Hillary\'s presidential campaign, which is not as easy to achieve as turning on the switch;
It\'s a slow spin, like a dimmer switch.
With each gradual shift, a cultural undercurrent involving women and presidential politics has been illuminated.
It changed me deeply.
In 2007, the first turn of the political dimmer switch took place in my kitchen.
I\'m watching Hillary announce to the nation online that she will run for president.
In the video, she sat on the sofa and looked at the camera and she said, \"I\'m starting a conversation with you, with the United States.
\"I have never heard of anyone announcing the presidential campaign in such a low-key way, which has embarrassed me.
There was no man on the stage, and his wife stood by him with due diligence to show the image of the family.
No mention of God.
She is the only one who wants to talk about our country.
She wants to \"chat \".
\"It\'s unique that she looks back at my image.
The faint dimmer switch turned a millimeter.
Under a activities is in January of 2008.
This evening, in many of the first primaries
Iowa party group meeting is expected. (
At this point, Iowa is one of the only four states that have never elected women to any country. )
I watched Chris Matthews on the MSNBC news show hard ball as usual.
Hillary Clinton is in third place in the caucus, which is shocking because she is considered to win.
He was full of Bluffs when Matthews questioned whether Hillary should continue his campaign.
My gut was hit.
Why does an expert suggest she should resign at the beginning of the primary, after all Bill Clinton and George W.
Bush lost Iowa\'s coveted first place in the race for president.
I don\'t remember someone asking them to quit the game.
Another mm.
After losing in Iowa, she won the New Hampshire victory.
I got my daughter up from bed that night and we watched Hillary\'s victory speech together.
I said to her, \"she will be our next president. ” That was odd.
I have never said these words before.
I can feel the switch of the dimmer turning another millimeter.
But something happened on the hard ball the next day and after each state Hillary won it will continue to happen on many shows.
Chris Matthews, who looks frustrated on the news panel discussing Hillary\'s winning journalists and commentators in New Hampshire, said, \"she may be the reason for the front line --
Her husband ran around.
That\'s why she became a New York senator.
He said confidently as if he were announcing the fact that somehow he was convinced that a woman would never win a presidential primary or a US election. S.
In the absence of voter sympathy for cheating her husband, the Senate ran on its own.
This dislike, and often the hatred of her by the liberal progressives, I am unprepared for it.
I hope Republicans and conservative experts can express her bad intentions, but not her so-called allies.
The sexualization of women who dare to enter the male power hall is a common strategy to suppress women\'s ambitions in the White House.
A man is not the only one to turn to it.
When Radio Free America host Randy Rhodes called Hillary a \"big prostitute,\" while Stephanie Miller, another Air America host, called Hillary a \"lady\"
Clinton \", not Senator Clinton, these subtle and not-so-
The delicate attacks succeeded in doing two things: They downgraded Hillary Clinton to just sex, and they erased her substantive political experience as a US senator and first lady.
There are many examples of this.
On July, 2007, conservative MSNBC host Tucker Carlson said: \"She scared me.
Every time she talks, I cross my legs.
Mike Barnicle, an MSNBC commentator, said in a discussion about Hillary Clinton\'s performance in the debate that her attitude made her \". . . [look]
Like the first wife standing outside the probate court.
\"It creates an intimate moment for all the male groups, as they laugh at the image of comparing serious presidential candidates to annoying spouses.
Another mm.
Hillary\'s hatred has also been sold out.
When Hillary Clinton\'s Nutcracker appeared in 2008, it was advertised as \"jagged stainless steel thighs, well, crack nuts \".
\"This, coupled with Tucker\'s revelation, should make me understand the combination of man and oval office politics, as it is a club with a sign of\" no girls allowed \"hanging on the door.
At that time, I was a daily listener to the National Public Radio station and a reader of the progressive blog, but their widespread use of the sports class ratio awakened my understanding of the different ways of political reporting.
NPR will open up the news program with biased words, using phrases such as \"He\'s up close\" to describe Obama\'s gradual approach to Hillary Clinton\'s representation.
\"The Daily Kos blogger wrote an article on the main dates of the state, with the theme reflecting the boxing match \". . .
DNC stopped these games and prevented her from playing the knockout round here.
\"Why care about sports ratios, because they are common in the history of our traditional male presidential campaign.
It is easier for reporters to report a game with sports symbols;
Policy issues are complex and competition is simple.
Women should be one of them when they play, and participate in sports language, but this is the game for men.
People have been building a movement tradition since the country was founded.
By turning the primary election into a sporting event, it negates Hillary\'s rich experience --
A major empirical difference between her and Obama and a suggestion that to win, she needs to be \"one of the boys \".
\"I can see that there is a strong male background in US presidential politics.
How is the dimmer switch public-
Our political system is fully developed, but it has not yet been fully launched.
For me, however, the cornerstone of our national politics is on a larger scale.
When my progressive friends suggested that their position with Hillary was her Senate vote on the Iraq war resolution, I noticed, 2004 John in Kerry or Senator Joe Biden in 2008 was nominated for Obama vice president campaign partners when beach on no similar of route.
Both of them voted for the war in Iraq.
This revelation is usually silent.
The dimmer switch is only one millimeter away from full.
I am also beginning to realize that a candidate for president must be likeable, or an aggressor.
Because of historical prototypes, men are easier to portray than women.
First lady we saw for the first time
The most traditional image of political mother
Running for president, people have to accept the ideal of Norman Rockwell, a father-led man in our country, and sometimes he reluctantly declares war and replaces it with a mother-like female image
As far as Hillary is concerned, she is both a mother and a senator who voted for the Iraq war resolution.
This is a combination of two prototypes of the caregiver and the ruler.
This creates confusion for many people.
Due to the gender criticism of her and the reluctance to acknowledge her experience and qualifications, I am no longer listening to American Airlines, NPR and Chris Matthews. I un-
Bookmarks for Daily Kos.
I even stopped the cable service for a few months. I had to re-
Think about what I think of partisan politics.
I find it interesting to hate Hillary, because I think progressive people will be proud of Clinton\'s experience as first lady, especially her speech at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. At that now-
The famous event Hillary made high
Brief address on including the global women\'s rights that are now frequent
\"Human rights are the rights of women and women are human rights.
\"She spoke with enthusiasm about the fact that, despite many attempts to silence women\'s words on the human rights of women and girls, freedom of expression on these issues is extremely important.
Before her visit, the White House government was nervous about China\'s response to her speech, especially as she pointed out China\'s silence on women.
She ignored their fears and went on with her plans.
Her speech set off a positive shock wave around the world and was warmly applauded by liberals and conservatives.
Looking back now, we can see the future.
She thought her speech was about the policy of women.
This is a perfect blend of two images: leader and mother.
Some people angrily asked me why Clinton did not withdraw from the presidential campaign because they thought she was blocking Obama\'s path.
I think what they really want to know is why I don\'t leave Hillary.
Now the dimmer switch is full because I have to answer this question myself.
This is my shift in understanding.
That\'s June of 2008 is primary the end of.
The old features of progressives that form part of my identity have disappeared, and I have seen partisan politics more objectively.
I have developed a new approach to the political world, especially with regard to women.
For me, all writers, anchors and politicians are like a deck.
In my mind I put the deck in the thumb and in front
Finger and throw the card into the air.
Since I have gone through the mirror of politics, I have not seen where the cards fall.
I\'m in the wilderness.
I feel lonely. it\'s just a little cold.
But actually, I was with 18 million voters who were with her and left these cracks on the male ceiling in the Oval Office.
After that campaign, we can all see a different situation now.
Hillary\'s appearance and words are a powerful message for girls and women, and that\'s why she didn\'t resign.
As the mother of a daughter, that\'s one of the reasons why I didn\'t leave her.
To be sure, Hillary is fighting for victory, but she also knows that for those who pursue her, we need memories and images to move forward.
Like her speech in Beijing, she is ahead, but it is a harder road.
The charges against Hillary are against all of us.
We are all referred to as \"bitter sympathizers\", \"vaginal voters\", \"working class\", \"old\" and \"bitch\", who have suffered the same dismissal with her.
And some of those who abandon these slurs are feminists.
Hillary\'s 2008 campaign is now part of a collective cultural memory of past events that we share together.
These memories help us form the identity of individuals and citizens.
In the United States, boys and men have all cultural memories of the president.
Roosevelt raised his hat, Dwight.
Kennedy of Marilyn Monroe
The history of male presidents is the cornerstone of our gender power to form a national identity, and women without similar memories will feel that they lack power.
I was sad when Hillary lost her nomination.
The night after she won in South Dakota, I dreamed of her. South Dakota is one of the last primary states in the campaign.
In a dream, Hillary Clinton is at the White House.
I was waiting in a room with many women to meet her.
When it was my turn, Hillary stood in front of me.
I stretched out my arms as if I were to receive something.
She put a few Middle Eastern shawls in my empty arms.
I know it\'s done by women. I took them.
A few years later, after the election, I finished the film on the women\'s liberation movement and started talking about how important it is to remember the movement and incorporate it into our cultural memory.
If we have a cultural memory of the female leaders of 2008, Hillary may not be seen as a middleman in the male Oval Office.
On 2013, as soon as I released my film, I received an invitation to be shown in Islamabad, Pakistan as a guest of the International Islamic University.
Yes. am I afraid to go?
But after 2008 presidential campaign, I know how important it is for me to leave.
Hillary gave me strength and I traveled alone.
I screened my film and spoke to a group of Pakistani women who have shaped feminism in their own country who wanted to learn more about American feminism.
Later, I went shopping with a few Pakistani women in one of their open-air markets.
I bought some beautiful fabrics and when I held them in my arms, I remembered the dream and remembered that Hillary had also been to Pakistan.
This dream is not my own.
The 2008 campaign is not about losing the candidate I like.
Here\'s a bigger development, an image of an American associated with women in distant places, from the symbolic power of women in an Oval Office, if we elect another man to the White House, this is impossible.
I know Hillary is an important part of this picture.
I can see this clearly now because the lights are on.
Excerpt from Joanne Cronrath Bamberger\'s edit \"love her, don\'t love her: the Hillary Paradox \".
All rights reserved©2015.
With her permission, she reprinted the newspaper.
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