Clin­ton fem­i­nism

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“But, more im­por­tantly, this line of de­fense is deeply sex­ist. You can’t say that [Sen. Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton’s] gen­der is ir­rel­e­vant in the po­lit­i­cal cam­paign and then give her points for not faint­ing un­der the pres­sure of male crit­i­cism. Can you imag­ine any­one ever say­ing that Mar­garet Thatcher should have got­ten points for with­stand­ing the par­lia­men­tary bar­rack­ing she got on a reg­u­lar ba­sis — be­cause a wo­man isn’t ex­pected to be able to stand up against a bunch of men? Please.

“And then you re­al­ize that Clin­ton’s flacks don’t even be­lieve in the abil­ity of women to be in­volved in pol­i­tics with­out apol­ogy, ex­cuse or cheap and easy in­vo­ca­tion of the fe­male de­fense. They use fem­i­nism the way they use ev­ery­thing else: as a tool to gain per­sonal power. What’s next? Con­grat­u­lat­ing her that she didn’t burst into tears? [. . .] She can’t play the gen­der card both ways.”

— Andrew Sul­li­van, writ­ing on “The Clin­tonites Panic II,” at the Daily Dish blog (http://an­drew­sul­li­van.the­at­

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