I've got a new essay at Shareblue about how I, and lots of other women, will be casting a vote for Hillary Clinton and everything she stands for, and against Donald Trump and everything he stands for.
Each vote is an opportunity to vote for Clinton, the first female, feminist presidential candidate, who has spent her career advocating for women's equality; who said that "human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights, once and for all."There is, as always, more at the link!
Each vote is also an opportunity to vote against Trump, an unrepentant misogynist who has admitted groping women; who represents a toxic masculinity against which every woman must struggle in her life.
Yes, it is a vote against his policies, his fearmongering, his bigotry, his incompetence, his unfitness for the office. It can also be — and will be, for millions of women — a vote against a man who has become an avatar for every man who has unleashed prejudice and/or harm against us.
The strangers who groped us on the subway. The bosses who passed us over for promotion. The salesmen who answered our questions by speaking to our husbands. The coworkers who leered at us. The teachers who would not listen to us. The men who shouted at us from passing cars. The boyfriends who raped us.
Every man who has endeavored in big and small ways to deny us equality and esteem, whose retrograde views on women's ability and worth are embedded in and amplified by Trump's every sneering comment and gross behavior toward women.
When I cast my vote on Tuesday, I will be casting my vote for Hillary Clinton, because she is the most qualified candidate. I will also be casting a vote for women's equality; for my own equal rights, autonomy, agency, and right of consent. For my own value.
The truth is, I've been with her for this reason ever since a boy first pulled my pigtails. And I don't believe I'm alone on that.