Gotta balance that Maureen Dowd out with someone more thoughtful, articulate, and generally worthy of our time, Melissa McEwan:
I’m not sad because Obama’s the nominee.
I’m sad because there are women at this blog, in my personal life, across this nation, and—if my inbox is any indication—across the globe, women of all races and sexualities and socio-economic classes, many of whom weren’t even Hillary Clinton supporters, many of whom voted for Obama in the primary, who have watched with horror the seething hatred directed at Hillary Clinton just because she is a woman.
I’m an Obama supporter, and I’m sad too.
Some have called for Obama to give “The Gender Speech”, along the lines of “The Race Speech” given before. It would be great to see his eloquence put in the service of feminism, but I doubt that he’d have the same sort of insight on the topic. Still many are saying that he will need to really reach out to women. I sure as hell hope it’s not just the usual “Hey, gals, ya gotta vote for me because of THE SUPREME COURT.”