Today at her Women For Hillary grassroots organizing event, Hillary said,
am not saying all men do this. Many do not. But women run into it in
the normal course of a day or a week, and it is not restricted to a
political party. Men who call themselves Hillary supporters have
"improved" statements I have taken directly from Hillary.
When I write an original post like this, an opinion or a defense, I put time,
thought, and reflection into the process. The longer ones might take
hours. I will write, walk away, take care of other chores, take a
shower, come back, read, and revise. The finished product never reaches
my ideal but is always an improvement on the first draft.
there will be a speech. I will take notes and screen shots, fashion
the notes into a narrative, maybe grab the C-SPAN link to the video
which will not be embeddable here, and post it all.
Then I will
share the link on Facebook. Suddenly a page that had been dormant for
hours will come alive as some fellow's meme with a Hillary quote from
2008 or the link to the speech on C-SPAN supplants what I posted. Sure
it can be a coincidence once in awhile. When it happens every time,
how would I not receive the subliminal message?
The art of the insult to women is alive and well in all quarters. We all know it.
have seen male Hillary supporters post blonde jokes. Hillary
supporters! When I have called them on it I have been told I have no
sense of humor. Actually I do.
I cannot quite wrap my mind around
it. Is it that Hillary is somehow a separate entity despite talking
about her hair color and all that women know goes into looking as
smashing as she did today? But no, since men also have ideas on how she
can better handle whatever the latest attack - right now her emails
and server. Then I wonder, is she the one they really want? Or do they
want this Hillary to act like a man? Or have they bought into the
Hillary Superwoman concept?
As I said, it is not all men who do
this, thank goodness, but I have encountered my share of it, and I bet
you have too. It was heartening today to see Hillary launch Women for Hillary and speak out on insults to women. It was a comfort to feel close to
the sisterhood even though it was only virtually close. It would be even nicer to see our Hillary campaign brothers support our
efforts and defend us against the insults rather than engage in the
subtle deployment of them. It could begin with actually reading this
post rather than flushing it down the Facebook page with a link to the NYT video on top.