FanWOMAN Moment

I want you to go read Robin Morgan’s essay

Goodbye to all that #2

From which I am pulling the following quote of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 1995 address at the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing:

“For too long, the history of women has been a history of silence. Even today, there are those who are trying to silence our words.

“It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls. It is a violation of human rights when woman and girls are sold into the slavery of prostitution. It is a violation of human rights when women are doused with gasoline, set on fire and burned to death because their marriage dowries are deemed too small. It is a violation of human rights when individual women are raped in their own communities and when thousands of women are subjected to rape as a tactic or prize of war. It is a violation of human rights when a leading cause of death worldwide along women ages 14 to 44 is the violence they are subjected to in their own homes. It is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families, and that includes being forced to have abortions or being sterilized against their will.

“Women’s rights are human rights. Among those rights are the right to speak freely—and the right to be heard.”

And the next time you tell me Obama’s the better candidate because he has less experience, fewer connections, a less controversialemptier voting record or seems more ‘likeable’ and ‘charismatic’, I’m going to ask you why you like incompetence and underpreparedness in your leader.

Get real.

Robin Morgan:

Women have endured sex/race/ethnic/religious hatred, rape and battery, invasion of spirit and flesh, forced pregnancy; being the majority of the poor, the illiterate, the disabled, of refugees, caregivers, the HIV/AIDS afflicted, the powerless. We have survived invisibility, ridicule, religious fundamentalisms, polygamy, teargas, forced feedings, jails, asylums, sati, purdah, female genital mutilation, witch burnings, stonings, and attempted gynocides. We have tried reason, persuasion, reassurances, and being extra-qualified, only to learn it never was about qualifications after all. We know that at this historical moment women experience the world differently from men—though not all the same as one another—and can govern differently, from Elizabeth Tudor to Michele Bachelet and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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~ by heycarahe on February 6, 2008.

4 Responses to “FanWOMAN Moment”

  1. hehe, great minds, and all that. ^_^

  2. I’ve never seen that HRC quote. I just came down with the flu but am dragging my sick ass out of bed to vote for her today.

  3. Good! (Except for the sick part – sorry you’re not feeling well)

  4. I love that quote. And I love your take on the Obama voters. He seems like a good guy (if you ignore the arrogance and the sexist dog whistles, which isn’t easy) and he could do a lot of good for the world, but he’s not ready for the Presidency. Besides, enough with the male Presidents. Let’s turn this damn page already.

    And you know what really ticks me is the same people (mostly male liberals, of course) who were forever saying, “sure it would be great to finally have a female President, but we shouldn’t just elect ANY female President” and “let’s take a serious look at Hillary’s voting record” are the same ones who are now thumping their chests for the charismatic guy with less experience.

    Screw it all.

    I’m voting for Hillary Clinton because I think she’d be fun to have a beer with!

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