The prevailing attitude of feminist organizations, as depicted by Jessica Velenti, toward the obligation of women to vote for Hillary provokes an aversion in me, as a highly educated and politically aware woman in her mid-20s, to the feminist movement in general. While I deeply respect those women who have come before me, fighting for my right to vote and to have the same educational opportunities as my male counterparts, I resent the notion that I must vote for a woman simply because she is a woman. I and others of my generation see ourselves as strong women who should be given opportunities according to our abilities, not our sex. Hillary is certainly a worthy candidate, and I understand why many Americans might see her as the best candidate. But to mandate women to vote for her simply because she is a female is not only unreasonable but a detriment to women's quest for equality. I and other women of my generation have succeeded thanks to the hard work of our forebears, but once given the chance to succeed, we wish to do so on our own merits. Strong women in my generation are individuals prefer to evaluate political candidates according to their strengths rather than their sex.
San Diego, CA
Mar 16 2008 - 4:20am