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Despite Historic Achievement, Feminists Grapple with Clinton's Deeply Troubling Record



Despite Historic Achievement, Feminists Grapple with Clinton's Deeply Troubling Record
"As a feminist, I should feel a thrill right now. I grieve that I don't," lamented author and activist Naomi Klein.
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
June 8, 2016


The moment was heralded widely—by older women who never thought they'd live to see this day, by feminist organizations, politicians, the press, and beyond, while social media lit up with celebrations of female triumph.

However, for many progressive critics—particularly women—the symbolic victory was dulled by the reality of a female candidate whose brand of feminism encompasses problematic policies and undeniable privilege.

Author, activist, and renowned progressive Naomi Klein's view, which she shared on social media, captured the sentiments of many on the left. Responding to Clinton's tweet, which said, "Tonight, we can say with pride that, in America, there is no barrier too great and no ceiling too high to break," Klein wrote:
Bull. Not under the plutocracy u represent. As a feminist, I should feel a thrill right now. I grieve that I don't.


While some pointed to Clinton's hawkish foreign policy and lackluster environmental record, others, like Klein, noted that the win was only possible because of her elite status, particularly taking issue with her promise of "trickle-down feminism," as some put it.

Changa, an African American attorney, mother, and volunteer with Women for Bernie Sanders, recently explained to the Guardian, "Some women I encounter act as if I’ve betrayed some kind of secret society. I reject this brand of feminism. I’m not only voting for my gender, I’m voting for other issues."

"There are a lot of issues that affect low-income women, immigrant women and women of color that her brand of doing things is not going to address," she added.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/06/08/despite-historic-achievement-feminists-grapple-clintons-deeply-troubling-record

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Reply Despite Historic Achievement, Feminists Grapple with Clinton's Deeply Troubling Record (Original post)
imagine2015 Jun 2016 OP
grossproffit Jun 2016 #1
SFnomad Jun 2016 #3
Jim Lane Jun 2016 #7
tonyt53 Jun 2016 #2
Punkingal Jun 2016 #4
BreakfastClub Jun 2016 #5
AzDar Jun 2016 #6

Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 10:18 PM

1. tick tock tick tock

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Response to grossproffit (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 11:25 PM

3. They've crawled out from under their rocks for a final few days of smearing and #BerningDownTheHouse

 

It will be nice when it's all over. I wonder what they're going to do with their lives then?

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Response to SFnomad (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 04:20 AM

7. True, because on June 16 every woman in the U.S. will suddenly be ecstatic about Clinton's candidacy

 

Or maybe, one June 16, thoughtful articles reporting facts that might be a problem for Clinton's candidacy will be banned from DU. The problems will still be out there, it's just that DUers will be prohibited from mentioning them here.

My own guess is that neither of these things will happen. Problems will not go away and the admins will not require that every mention of Hillary Clinton on DU be accompanied by shrieks of joy. If a poll shows that she's trailing Trump in Wyoming, I suppose some of the most extreme Clinton zealots will alert it, and they may even get a few hides by manipulating the jury system, but I don't think that the suppression of such posts will be DU policy.

If I'm wrong, well, I'll find other things to do with my life, thanks for your concern.

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 10:18 PM

2. You let out "some", and in this instance, that is a pretty small word.

 

MOST working women do feel a sense of pride.

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Response to tonyt53 (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 12:21 AM

4. How do you know what most women feel?

I can answer that.....you fucking don't.

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 12:23 AM

5. Screw 'em then. We're going to have the first woman president AND she

is a feminist and a democrat. I couldn't be happier. Let them wallow in their pious misery all they want.

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 01:11 AM

6. K & R

 

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