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DEAR ASSHOLES:

Posted by pocochina on February 22, 2008

I SWEAR TO GOD THE NEXT TIME I HEAR THIS, OR ANY DEVIATION THEREOF, I AM GOING TO LOSE MY SHIT:

“She was just the First Lady!” “She got where she is because of Bill!” or my fucking favorite “I’d vote for a woman, she’s just so ambitious.”

I fucking swear to God, I will lose it.

First Ladies are not all the same. Even what with their matching girl parts and EVERYTHING! I KNOW! When Hillary Rodham Clinton was the First Lady of the US, she very well could have just had tea parties, but she did not. She was a senior counselor to and a domestic and international representative of the President of the United States. If you’re going to denigrate that. using language dismissive of her based on the fact that they are married, without denigrating women you had better FUCKING STRETCH FIRST BECAUSE YOU CAN’T DO IT. This bullshit needs to die and it needs to FUCKING DIE NOW.

While we are at it, the reason we don’t recognize the work of First Ladies is because they are women. Eleanor Roosevelt and Edith Wilson, for example, were important people in our nation’s history. You know why we don’t care? Because they were women. To not just ignore that FUCKED-UP reality, but to actively participate in the perpetuation of it, IS SEXIST AND STUPID, AND IF YOU DO IT, YOU ARE SEXIST AND STUPID. End of sentence. Or, as the Democratic Party’s most prominent sexist would say, period.

She is a sitting Senator, who has not just been elected but re-elected with significant majorities in areas generally hostile to her political philosophy, she is a brilliant legislator, and she worked in the White House for eight years. Show some fucking respect.

ETA: Abigail Adams, remembered through her letters, in which she implored her husband to “remember the Ladies.”

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