Uber-feminista Gloria Steinem writes in today’s NYT that sexism is why women like Hillary are “never the frontrunners” in presidential races – apparently ignoring the fact that up until the last couple of weeks, Hillary had been the longstanding national frontrunner, and leading in the Iowa polls.
Ed Morrisey says it best in response:
What Steinem demands is that voters stop considering Hillary as Hillary, and instead think of her as Generic Woman. Steinem doesn’t want equality of opportunity; she wants grievances addressed. And she makes it clear that Women come before Black Men on the grievance agenda, writing “Black men were given the vote a half-century before women of any race were allowed to mark a ballot, and generally have ascended to positions of power, from the military to the boardroom, before any women[.]”
It’s time for Generic Woman, not Black Man, on Steinem’s dance card. Sorry, Barack. You’re not scheduled to be Generic Black Man until 2016.
Steinem shows everything that’s wrong with identity politics. It’s crass, it’s irrational, it assumes that people should get “turns”, and in the end it’s anti-democratic. Obama hasn’t played that game like Hillary has — and that may be why Obama’s beating Hillary like a bongo drum in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Never underestimate the power of a “progressive” feminist to play the victim card when things don’t go the way she feels women are owed. It’s a pathetic tactic, and antiquated to any real modern woman who knows without question that she can succeed at anything she wants to in this country so long as she remains focused, puts her nose to the grind, works hard, and stays honest, in order to earn it.