AllisonAdler Posted August 1, 2008 Share Posted August 1, 2008 Having a female president just for the sake of it isn't going to help in any way. The same as having a black president just for the sake of it won't help either. I don't want our president to be holding that office simply because no one who looks like them has held it before. That would be more embarrassing than anything else. Is there sexism in politics? Yeah, I think there is. The same as there is racism in politics as well. But a black man could very well be our next president, and considering that 40 some odd years ago, they couldn't even vote in the South, that's more than a huge step in the right direction. I think we'll have a woman in the White House one day that isn't just a secretary, but I won't vote for that woman just because I'm a woman too. I think that kind of voting is just as damaging as voting against someone based on a demographic. If all you can think of as a reason to vote for someone is the fact you share a gender, or a race, or a religion......that's a poor excuse to vote. Well I don't think I was implying any of the things you say here (note that I said a "politically able" woman), and I completely agree that identity politics per se are quite pernicious. As I've said, I really do like Hillary Clinton, so I certainly wouldn't have voted for her just because she's a woman. I would not, for e.g, vote for Condi Rice if she ran in years to come because I don't like her politics. Perhaps I should clarify a bit more: I had actually hoped that Hillary might get the VP nod at least, but instead, we seem to be getting someone who merely reinforces the power of white Christian men. This is actually something that needs to change, for everyone's sake, I think. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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