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Aug 23, 2016

Clinton isn’t just ‘one of the girls’ – powerful women do not feel your pain

Powerful women appropriate the rhetoric of liberal feminism to further their own destructive agendas.

Helen Razer — Writer and Broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and Broadcaster

Hillary Clinton

Last week, an article by The Atlantic’s Michelle Cottle ran victory laps ‘round the liberal internet. This study of sexism in high places was widely shared on social media and favourably mentioned in press abroad and, due to its inclusion of comments by former PM Julia Gillard, at home.

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13 thoughts on “Clinton isn’t just ‘one of the girls’ – powerful women do not feel your pain

  1. Dion Giles

    Hostility to Clinton is not sexism, it’s based on her record as a neoCon owned lock, stock and barrel by Wall Street financiers and her dangerous pursuit of permanent war to enforce regime changes with risk, if extended to Russia as she has threatened, of thermonuclear war. Many of those hostile to her, former supporters of Senator Sanders, have switched their allegiance to the Greens, led by Jill Stein (so hardly sexism!) since Sanders threw in his lot with Clinton.

    1. Helen Razer

      Well. To be fair. There’s some very clear critique of Clinton that is truly, if naively, based in sexism alone. But, that’s not why you and I don’t fancy her.

  2. Reverend Owen

    Just another instance of the powerful justifying their hegemony by identifying their interests with the supposed good of others.

  3. anthony mcconnell

    Yes, Clinton simply wants women to vote for her because she is one too. Its actually a good tactic. She will say anything that might make her relatable to other women. If my workplace is anything to go by, I’d say she would get the votes of ‘most’ women.
    Was in the US last week listening to some right wing radio on a road trip where they were trying to suggest that Clinton recently had brain surgery but isn’t telling anybody.
    I don’t believe it, but I actually wondered if it might be a good thing if it was. We didn’t get Sanders but Hillary Clinton, with brain surgery, might just be ok?

  4. Draco Houston

    I can tell you aren’t hype for the US presidential election. I’ve muted everyone using the I’m with Her hashtag and I’m looking for a comfy rock to live under. I may have to settle for some sand to stick my head into in This Economy.

    1. Helen Razer

      I don’t think sand will be affordable for much longer.

  5. Paddy's Hubby

    Another 1,400 emails to be released soon, but I doubt any of them will mention the list of people associated with the Clinton’s, either as staffers, interns or advisors, who have met untimely deaths. Most by suicide shooting themselves 2 or 3 times in the head.

    1. Helen Razer

      The last release was hardly greeted with shock. Wasserman Schultz just got a nice new job with the nominee. These emails could reveal that Clinton eats babies. The response will be, “Well. At least she doesn’t say mean things like Trump.”
      I imagine Assange was very disappointed.

      1. Blue True

        “Well. At least she doesn’t say mean things like Trump.”
        haha, too true. It never ceases to amaze re politics. We have Lib/Lab, the US has Dem/Repub, the Brits have Lab/Conservatives. Two supposed opposites but we all know the illuminous ones owns both sides of the argument. They play us like a fiddle. It’s becoming obvious Trump is doing his best to lose the election now, so that leaves the “Queen of the South” to mop it up. I think she could be their man.

  6. klewso

    Was it sexism when the female conservative press crucified Gillard – on behalf of their employer(s)?
    Do we really want more ‘Bronwyn Mirabellas’ – simply because ‘they’re women’?

  7. Dog's Breakfast

    “I am an opponent of sexism, AKA a “feminist”, but I am also opposed to the appropriation of feminism by those, male or female, so ravenous for power …….”

    Yes, count me in. Feminism went backwards when its statement of purpose was ‘I am a woman, therefore I am discriminated against.’ If it can’t be a bit more subtle than that, then it has no future.

    But I do believe much of what Gillard went through was sexism, in that a man behaving similarly might have been lionised as being ‘strong’ whereas she was labelled duplicitous.

    Some of the senior reporters in our august journals revealed their colours, in my view.

    On the other hand, some of that was just political, in the same way that Labor can’t get away with anything but the worst LNP government since McMahon gets slapped with a wet lettuce. Gillard’s government was a a good one by reasonable measures, and will increasingly be seen to be so with the passage of time, I believe.

  8. AR

    Leaving aside slavering rightards, there are many reasons for loathing la Klingon.
    Her gender is the least of them.

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