Sunday, February 7, 2016

Should Women Feel Obligated to Vote for Clinton?

Okay, I usually like to stay away from politics on here because it's a touchy subject and isn't my specialty, but I'm making an exception today. I saw this article (you can see the whole thing here) about how two feminists, Gloria Steinem and Madeline Albright were telling young women not to vote for Bernie and to vote for Clinton. Here are a few of their quotes...

"There's a special place in hell for women that don't support other women!" -Albright

"When you're young, you're thinking: 'Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,' " -Steinem

Both of these statements are highly offensive and quite frankly insulting to women, especially younger ones. Would it be great to have a women as president? Sure! But that doesn't mean that women should feel obligated to vote for Hillary over Bernie. 
To have big names try and pressure and guilt people in to voting for Hillary because "women should support other women" is disgusting. Furthermore, to imply that young voters are only voting for Bernie because that's what their male peers are doing is so anti-progressive. It's statements like these that turn people off from voting. Bernie has done a great job of getting young college aged people interested in politics and voting, and to suggest that it's only because that's what boys are doing is sad. 
If you're turning this in to a feminist issue, it shouldn't matter if women are voting for Bernie or Clinton because both are going to continue to fund Planned Parenthood, both are going to try get maternity leave for women, and wage equality. Their platforms on women's issues are practically the same (although this article argues that Bernie's is stronger). 

I think that for me and a lot of my peers, this endorsement actually turned us off of voting for Hillary Clinton. It's important to have a women as president, and I'm sure that it will happen eventually, but this is not the right way to go about it. It is more important to have women becoming informed voters and voting for whomever they feel is better for the job than having them vote for someone just because of their gender. 

Update: So, Steinem's apologized for her statement and said that it was taken out of context. That may be true, but the blatant sexism is still apparent in these statements and my opinions still stand. 

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