Posted by: iam0nly1 | May 17, 2008

“Hell Hath No Fury…”

I knew this would happen. 

For those who say this is petty, or that we’re just “bitter” or sore losers, you clearly don’t understand. It’s not about the first viable female candidate, and the most qualified candidate failing to prevail, it is why and how.

The deafening calls for Hillary to leave the race are unprecedented. All previous candidates (all males), no matter how remote their chances, were allowed to take their fights to the floor. Ted Kennedy even took his hopeless fight against incumbent, Democratic president Jimmy Carter to the floor of the convention.

The atrocious sexism and misogyny is disgusting, yet not unprecedented, however we expected more from Democrats and liberals. Some argue the Hillary-hatred is because of Hillary and not her gender. However, any woman or girl’s name or face can be substituted in any of the most egregious attacks on Hillary because of her sex: “Bros before Hoes”, “Hillary Should Have Married OJ,” “I love Country Music.” These attacks are not Hillary-specific, they are gender-specific. The DNC, the media and the Obama campaign should be decrying this blatant, and morally reprehensible sexism as much as they scream outrage at the most benign statements they have deemed “racist.”

 

The higher ups in the Democratic Party are effectively telling women to sit down, shut up, and know our place. Apparently we aren’t important enough for them to be concerned about: youth (who sadly have never been reliable at the polls), and African Americans (who are the most loyal, but primarily located in Southern states Democrats cannot win, big cities we always dominate, and sadly do not make up a large enough percentage of the population to decide an election) have been deemed the most important, “new coalition.”

News Flash: Women come in all colors and ages and constitute a majority of the population.

 

If Hillary loses fair and square (meaning all the votes are counted, and she is allowed to continue her bid until she sees fit to end it, and the sexism stops or is at least sincerely condemned) there will be no problems (Note: this done not mean women will automatically line up to vote for Obama simply because he calls himself a Democrat. He will have to earn their votes just as all candidates must). However, if she is forced out, or all the votes or not counted, or the blatant misogyny unearthed by this election is allowed to continue unabated, unacknowledged, and unrepentant, women should and will widen their electoral options, practice “post-partisanship” and vote for McCain, a third-party candidate, or write-in Hillary.

To demand women remain loyal to a party that is essentially telling them they don’t matter, their voices don’t need to be heard, and they aren’t legitimate contenders for power is lunacy.

The Declaration of Independence reads:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness; That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it and institute a new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organising its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness”.

While I do not endorse the sexist language embedded in the document, the sentiment still rings true: it is the right of the people to send a message to their government that their actions are no longer in keeping with their will.

The Democratic Party is leaving women, and women have the right to leave the Democratic Party. 

The common and incorrect question that is often asked of a woman who remains in an abusive relationship, or faithful to an unfaithful spouse is “Why doesn’t she leave him?”  While the questions should be, “Why does he beat her,” or “Why was he unfaithful,” it is a woman’s right to make whatever decision she deems to be best for herself or her family without scorn or prejudice. The Democratic Party is showing itself to be tolerant of sexism and misogyny, and hostile to the voices and concerns of the women who make up the largest and most active percentage of its members. In this situation, some women will leave and some will stay, but the question is and remains, “Why did the Democratic Party leave women?”

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