Fight the Power!

May 15, 2008


Apparently, Obama has a habit of calling “people” “sweetie” according to MSNBC. He called to apologize to a female reporter whom he off-handedly dismissed and whom he called “sweetie.” He said he calls a lot of “people” “sweetie.” That probably doesn’t make Andrew Sullivan or Keith Olbermann uncomfortable, but I am guessing it got some odd looks when he was campaigning among the steel mill workers and coal miners, because, male and female, straight and gay, being called “sweetie” probably isn’t something they are all that comfortable with.

Hey, before you get all in a knot about what a feminazi I must be, let me just say that when grandpa calls me “sweetie” I don’t mind, but I think he has a lock on it. Strangers don’t get to do that. If it were one little boo-boo, OK. But see the video in my previous entry.

Women who want to ignore this, do so at your peril. Please, pretend this guy only hates Hillary Clinton because she is actually a bitch, whereas you are not. No. If Obama met you and you were running against him or disagreed with him about something, you would not be a bitch. He would still love ya, baby. Because you aren’t like Hillary the Nutcracker. You aren’t shrill or “like every man’s first wife.” No one will ever want to “take you behind the barn” or “take you into a room where only he comes out.” That won’t be you.

Here’s the thing. You’re never the target of discrimination or misogyny until you are. It happens one day, and you think you must be crazy. This has never happened before. Ergo, it can’t be happening now.

Misogyny is pervasive, as is racism, but it is different than racism too. Black people experience racism in frequent intervals that are noticeable and definable. For women of any color, sexism is harder to pinpoint, because part of what sexism includes is using words like “sweetie” which sounds nice until you realize you have just been blown off and not taken seriously. But it gets worse. The guy calling you sweetie, if he’s not your grandpa, thinks you have no brains, no business being where you are, but he has to put up with it, sigh. Until he doesn’t. And then you can’t get past the glass ceiling or the brick wall or the perception that you just didn’t do enough to help yourself.

Well, Hillary is no sweetie. She’s a nutcracker, a ball buster, the flip side of sweetie. And I would rather be like her, because truth be told, although the BOYZ in the DNC hate her, a lot more blue collar guys like her. They admire tough.


Drumroll please for the list of losers now endorsing Obama: Dukakis, Edwards, Carter, Kerry, Kennedy, McGovern…with friends like these, who needs enemies.

Listen to Hillary Clinton’s speech in Beijing while watching footage of the sexism wielded in this campaign.

When it happens to one woman, it happens to all of us. You may think you are not like Hillary Clinton, but ask yourself, do you think if you were running for president, or your daughter were, that this might be happening as well?

Hillary in the rain

Not So Fast…
Hillary’s Voice is OUR Voice,
And She’s Speaking for All of Us

We are the women of this nation. We are rich and poor, young and old, married with kids, married without kids, single moms, gay, straight, and widowed. We are every color. We are of every religion. We are from all political parties.

We love our country. Now more than ever, so much of what we cherish is at risk – our homes and our health, our safety and our planet, our children and our values. We raise our voices, in one glorious, defiant chorus, to tell the world that these times demand strength, courage and vision.

And that is why we stand united in our unwavering support for Hillary Clinton.

As Senator Clinton campaigns, she speaks with our voice. She carries our hopes, dreams and aspirations with her and transforms them into policies that can make our nation great again.

We know that Hillary will not rest until every American has health insurance, every child can start school ready to learn, every young person has a chance to attend college, every worker will have a safe job at decent wages. She will not rest until our men and women in the military receive the care they deserve and America foreign policy is grounded in human rights and military strength.

We know this because we have seen her do this — at home and around the world.

We cannot stand by as a cacophony of voices demand that she step aside to smooth the road for another.

Women risked all they held dear to make this country great. They put their lives on the line in all our quests for justice – from Abigail Adams to Sojourner Truth to Susan B. Anthony to Eleanor Roosevelt to Fannie Lou Hamer to Barbara Jordan to Dolores Huerta to Hillary herself.

We know that when women vote, Democrats win. Now it is the responsibility of our party to hear our voices and count all our votes.

We want Hillary to stay in this race until every vote is cast, every vote is counted, and we are convinced our voices are heard.