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Why This Millennial <3 Hillary

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to a question as she testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington

I am a die-hard supporter of Hillary Clinton. I am an excited supporter of Hillary Clinton. I supported her presidential bid in 2008, and I support her even more enthusiastically – at times desperately – in 2016. I am a woman, a feminist and a (slightly older) millennial. I grew up with a mother who ardently admired Hillary. I graduated from Wellesley. I’m ambitious. I value intelligence, nuance, distinction and drive. I care deeply for the expressiveness of language, and sometimes I feel an even deeper disgust for its rhetorical abuse.

If those are the outlines of my identity, maybe it comes as no surprise that I so strongly favor Mrs. Clinton. But I don’t think this is a game of pure identity. I think Hillary Clinton has been the smartest presidential choice for a long time and remains the smartest choice today for a variety of concrete, political and even philosophical reasons that go far beyond our individual identities. And I so intensely wish that everyone around me, but especially the millennials who are my peers, would take a few minutes to be thoughtful about her, to give her the credit and consideration she deserves, whether their experiences and identities align to push them naturally in her direction or not. I hope, in delving more deeply into a few of my recurring thoughts about this election, to inspire more widespread respect and support for such a talented, historic and truly inspirational woman. Continue reading

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Keigwin & Company Dec 2015

I’m so glad I finally got to see Keigwin & Company perform in December at The Joyce Theater. I had never seen Keigwin’s work before, nor Loni Landon’s despite our recent interview on Pod de Deux podcast, and I found myself enchanted by both. (I saw Program A, which included a guest piece by Landon; Program B included a piece by Adam Barruch instead.) The 4 pieces presented on December 12th each brought a uniquely compelling energy or narrative to the stage. Continue reading

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The Natural Golden Rule

Feminist debates have long raged over what is and is not biologically “natural” for women and men. To those who defend certain qualities as innate, it is unrealistic to hold humans to a higher standard than the limits of our biological programming, or “nature,” would dictate. To critics of this line of thought, “natural” is all too often (mis)used as a substitute for “excusable.” Continue reading

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Note to Hillary

* Early summer ’08, Wellesley solicited letters from students & alumnae to send to Hillary in compilation.

To Hillary Rodham Clinton

For most of my life, I took no particular interest in feminism, or women’s rights, or any of those seemingly unnecessary relics of a bygone struggle.  But sometime last fall, I found myself starting to do things like deliberately writing “she or he” as opposed to the traditional “he or she” whenever I needed to use those constructions.  After the first few meetings of a Feminist Political Theory class I took just this past spring, I announced to an “openly feminist” friend of mine that I was going to embrace the feminist label myself.  She asked why. Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor of Vanity Fair

*published in October 2008

It makes perfect sense, in the aftermath of a failed endeavor, to attempt to explain the failure.  But the analysis of Hillary’s failed campaign in the August issue of Vanity Fair falls short of the kind of thoughtful critique that could afford Hillary some measure of the enormous positive recognition she deserves. Continue reading

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I’m not Laughing Anymore

A realization was creeping up on me before the VP debate even began.  It was lurking in the refrain I found myself adopting when people asked if I was going to watch: “yes,” I said, “but only against my better judgment.”  Only, that is, for what little entertainment value I might yet squeeze out of watching Sarah Palin deliver another set of lines that Tina Fey could easily copy verbatim on SNL the following Saturday.  Continue reading

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