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‘It’s not about emails; it’s about public communication by a woman’
I am mad. I am mad because I am scared. And if you are a woman, you should be, too. Emailgate is a bitch hunt, but the target is not Hillary Clinton. It’s us.
The only reason the whole email flap has legs is because the candidate is female.
Can you imagine this happening to a man? Clinton is guilty of SWF
(Speaking While Female), and emailgate is just a reminder to us all that
she has no business doing what she’s doing and must be punished, for
the sake of all decent women everywhere. There is so much of that going
If the candidate were male, there would be no
scolding and no “scandal.” Those very ideas would be absurd. Men have a
nearly absolute right to freedom of speech. In theory, so do women, but
that, as the creationists like to say, is only a theory.
Clinton’s use of a personal server has not been
found to be a crime. Then how is it that so many have found the charge
so easy to make, and make stick? How has her use of the server made
plausible all the claims that she is “deceptive” and “untrustworthy”?
It’s not about emails; it’s about public communication by a woman in general.
Of course, in the year 2016, no one (probably not even The Donald)
could make this argument explicitly. After all, he and his fellow
Republicans are not waging a war on women. How do we know that? They
have said so. And they’re men, so they must be telling the truth.
But here’s Hillary Rodham Clinton, the very
public stand-in for all bossy, uppity and ambitious women. Here are her
emails. And since it’s a woman, doing what decent women should never
do—engaging in high-level public communication—well, there must be
something wrong with that, even if we can’t quite find that something.
We will invoke the terminology of criminal law to account for our
feelings. She’s getting away with treason! Put her in jail! We can’t
quite put our fingers on it, but the words sure do make a lot of people
feel better, so they must be right.
11/01/2016 01:03:00 PM
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