Ready for Hillary organized a rally tonight at a venue where Bill Clinton was speaking. The information was posted here this morning in case readers in the D.C. area wanted to attend. The link went to the actual invitation, which apparently went to about 570 people, because it contained the particulars, rather than to the Ready for Hillary Facebook page which had a post up about the rally.
That post used a graphic with an adorable picture of Bill Clinton with the
expression on his face that we see so often when he is watching Hillary
speak. Lovely picture. But the text in the meme is disconcerting.
spent today wondering if my skin is still too thin from the sexism of
2008. Perhaps it is. The sexism in this meme simply leaped out at me.
Is it just me? The text objectifies Hillary in the worst way. " 'First
Gentleman' I'M IN." Wow! The subtext there! The implication!
Chomsky, back when he was a linguist rather than a political activist,
propelled a language theory (Transformational-Generative Theory) that
involved what he called "surface" and"deep" structures. This particular
surface structure has one deep structure that was probably the one
intended in all innocence. But there is a second deep structure that
puts Hillary flat on her back rather than behind the desk in the Oval
Office, and, while probably unintended, should have been caught by
someone at Ready for Hillary before this graphic was posted no matter
how cute and clever it appears on the surface.
Women, many, have
been supporting the Ready for Hillary PAC and its efforts, and this blog
has been reporting those efforts. Women also remember, and can quote
chapter and verse of, the sexist remarks that were aimed at Hillary in
If Hillary does decide to enter the arena, there will be
plenty of sexist as well as political mud slung. Her supporters need to
be vigilant and avoid generating messages that detract from her
appreciable personal qualifications no matter how unintended that might be on the surface.