Why I don’t like being criticized by my feminist friends for supporting Obama

/ 14 March 2008

Here is a piece that captures much of what I feel about the recent ways in which certain feminists have denigrated other feminists’ support for Obama. An excerpt (but read the whole piece!):

The irony is that, for the overwhelming majority of women, voting against Clinton was never about repudiating second-wave feminism. But the more leaders of the movement insist on conflating their noble struggle for social justice with the fate of an uninspiring and nepotistic candidate, the less relevant it will be. Many progressives, male and female alike, see Clinton as cynical and narcissistic, pandering to interest-group sectarianism even as she compromises on important principals. It would be a hideous shame if they came to see feminism the same way.