The Gender Card

A word about the “gender card” debate. First off, Hillary obviously played it; if Obama had said that being a community organizer in majority-black regions of Chicago “prepared me to compete in the all whites’ club of presidential politics”, there wouldn’t be any question as to whether he was playing the race card. Similarly, when Hillary says that going to Wellesley “prepared me compete in the all boys’ club of presidential politics”, it’s pretty obvious that she’s playing the gender card.
And I have a big problem with that. No one should vote for Obama because he’s black. No one should vote for Richardson because he’s Hispanic. And no one should vote for Hillary because she’s a woman. Affirmative action that the presidential level is dangerous and (as Samantha Power says) insulting. For one thing, I can’t imagine anything more anti-feminist than voting for Hillary solely or mostly on account of her gender; I, like Obama, “hope that Sen. Clinton wants to be treated like everybody else”. To let her off easy on account of gender would be to conclude that women are somehow lacking at presidential skills and need an artificial boost. To let her off easy on account of gender doesn’t help women; it patronizes them.

1 thought on “The Gender Card

  1. I mostly agree; Hillary has her flaws and this is one of them. But I do see another issue here. You don’t want to fight so hard in intramurals that the players are too injured for the varsity games.

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