Kleinheider Done Ticked Me Off
I do not like to patronised. For some reason I have a sinking feeling that the closer we get to the 2008 Presidential Race, the more patronised I'm going to feel.
We love "firsts" in this country, because we are in love with the pomp of media events. Now the media are trying to drive another story by pushing the novelty of a female president.
To me the idea of a woman president is a non-issue. Women have run countries for millennia. Allow me to introduce you to Elizabeth I, Victoria, Boudicca, Cleopatra, Elizabeth II, Mary of Scotland, Indira Ghandi, Golda Meier, Margaret Thatcher and the Queen of Sheba.
I'd like to think that we will see PEOPLE run for president, and then vote for the PERSON who is best able to meet the political needs of the country at the time. But here we are, more than two years from the election, and the pundits and PR teams are trying to take away the validity of our choice.
See, ladies, we can't choose a president the same way men can.
Have you ever seen women interact? The cattiness, the undermining, the competition, the self-loathing? Call it an internalization of the patriarchy or call the natural order of things but women often have trouble with other women in positions of authority.
So this means
By turning the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice or any other woman who runs for office into a referendum on clitoral candidacy we undermine both suffrage and democracy. And it's disgusting.