They’re (young women) going to get more activist as they grow older. And when you’re younger, you think: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie.’
And just remember, there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”
It’s sad in a way, that the old feminist guard doesn’t recognize how far their fight took women. Seeing them in the news last week reminded me of the end of Sunset Boulevard when Gloria Swanson is ready for her close up, and the voice over says “and she kept on waving as the parade passed her by.”
Isn’t this what the fight of both the first and second wave of feminism was for? The opportunity for women to express themselves freely? Albright, Steinem and Clinton, your political agenda is not a feminist issue. It is the same political nonsense we have seen for years, a grasping for power and a way to push the capitalist agenda – you can put lipstick on it, but it’s still a pig.
Maybe I am being unkind, perhaps they don’t understand that most young women in America today are educated and have opinions of their own. Or perhaps in Steinem’s day she voted to impress men and is now suspicious of young women. How did she arrive at this anyway? Did she ask young women how they vote and why? Demeaning women is more likely a vote against than a vote for.
I think more dangerous and equally ridiculous is Albright’s threat that women will be punished with eternal damnation for not helping each other (and by help, she means vote for Clinton). Let’s pretend for a minute that there is a hell, (which is a patriarchal notion), forget voting for who you choose, forget you have a choice, vote for who we, the old guard tell you to vote for or face the fires of hell….
In many ways a vote for Bernie Sanders is a vote for feminism as he has a more solid background with the principals that feminists (used to) ascribe to: access to education, concern for the environment, freedom of sexual expression, and the fight against poverty. I think most democrats are enlightened enough that they are not voting for Sanders simply because he has a penis.
There is most certainly a woman who will be president but she will be president because she is a leader, because she represents whatever it is that the majority want and/or need at that time and it won’t simply because she is a woman. I don’t think Obama was elected because he was black, it was because he bought something more relevant to the table other than a racial discussion.
What Steinem, Albright and Clinton have successfully done is make a mockery of women in leadership roles and illustrate the dogma that feminism has become. If this is feminism today I want none of it. I do not want to suppress my own ideas and views in order to be accepted by misguided feminists, who refuse responsibility, insist that I ignore the facts, blame men, and be intimidated into conforming to their idea of what a woman is.