Women, Family, Communties and Nations

A few days ago, Pamela noted an article I wrote and I decided that I’d write a little about why I, as a male under 30, support Hillary Clinton. I also wanted to explore the sexism I see from the perspective of a Gen X (or is it Gen Y?) male.

As a single, childless male who has spoken out against sexism publicly I often get asked why I am so vocal and passionate about women’s rights/equality. Hillary Clinton, in 1995, puts it quite succinctly:

What we are learning around the world is that if women are healthy and educated, their families will flourish. If women are free from violence, their families will flourish. If women have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish. And when families flourish, communities and nations do as well. That is why every woman, every man, every child, every family, and every nation on this planet does have a stake in the discussion that takes place here.

I am a firm believer that we all do have a stake in this issue, both men and women, young and old. I look forward to discussing this more with you all.

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2 Responses to Women, Family, Communties and Nations

  1. Sharice Plano says:

    Here here! Couldn’t put it better myself, but then again, I’m not the one running for president.

    It is of critical importance that women – and men – continue to fight against the types of underlying, passive sexism that continue to plague many workplaces, political institutions and the very nature of our civic debate in this country. By all accounts, we have not defeated sexism and double standards in America, we have just driven them into the underground of our collective subconscious. Electing strong, capable female leaders is a necessary and major step toward crushing America’s legacy of sexism once and for all.

    A poignant article appeared in the Marin Independent Journal today written by Nancy Pelosi’s campaign manager from her very first Congressional campaign that brought her to Washington. The anecdotes and personal details paint a portrait of a woman whose embrace of equalitarian ideals and refusal to be pigeonholed have propelled her to the heights of the Speakership and advanced the standing of women everywhere. The story is also online here.

  2. Sharice Plano: “Electing strong, capable female leaders is a necessary and major step”

    If you had left out the word “strong” I would agree with you 100%. If you had used the phrase “Electing strong capable men”, I would still have the same reservation. It seems to me that “strong” in a political sense has taken on such a connotation of “willingness to kill other people”. Can we go with “creative, capable”?