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Sometimes you can just over-analyze something
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, March 01, 2008

And that seems to be the case with a bunch of feminists who got together to discuss Hillary, Barack, progressive politics and the state of feminism for The Nation. First noting that while they were "diverse" they were all "progressive" (yay for that), they all wondered why it was that the selection process for the Democrats was in such a state. Typically, they define the problem in terms they understand, whether applicable or not:
Rather, the concern that united us all was the "race-gender split" playing out nationally, in which the one is relentlessly pitted against the other. We did not want to see a repeat of the ugly history of the nineteenth century, when the failure of the women's movement to bring about universal adult suffrage metastasized into racial resentment and rift that weakened feminism throughout much of the twentieth century.

How, we wondered, did a historic breakthrough moment for which we have all longed and worked hard, suddenly risk becoming marred by having to choose between "race cards" and "gender cards"?
Well, the answer is very simple actually. Because that is the sort of identity politics to which "progressives" are prone.

To the rest of us out here, this isn't a big mystery. It has nothing really to do with race or gender. It has to do with one candidate being more attractive to "progressive" voters than the other. And had it have been the female instead of the black man, none of the soul searching and analysis about the "gender card" would be found anywhere, would it?

Nope - instead it would all be about racist America not ready for a black president.

However, the one part of the analysis that most "progressives" seem to continue to miss, at this point, is that these have been "progressive" primaries, not a general election. So any labeling that results stays with "progressives", not the rest of America. I wonder how that's going to sit when they finally realize it.
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I wonder how that’s going to sit when they finally realize it.

You are overestimating their intelligence. There’s no reason to think they will ever realize it.
Written By: kishnevi
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...the ugly history of the nineteenth century, when the failure of the women’s movement to bring about universal adult suffrage metastasized into racial resentment and rift...
Where do those gals get their history?
How, therefore, to reclaim a common purpose, a truly democratic "we": we women of all races, we blacks of all genders, we Americans of all languages, we immigrants of all classes... [emphasis mine]
And their biology?
Written By: Linda Morgan
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Kishnevi stole my comment, to which I will only add that if they do realize it, they will rationalize it to somehow be the fault of conservatives, Republicans, neocons or some other hated (by them) group.

Written By: Jeff Medcalf
I’ve come to regard feminism the same way I would a $3 bill.

It is kind of a curiosity and interesting to look at once in a while for a chuckle, but all in all it is a novelty.
Written By: Nathan
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Feminism lost all credibility when they looked the other way during Clinton’s term...
Written By: shark
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You are overestimating their intelligence.
It’s not there intelligence that he’s overestimating, but rather their intellectual honesty (which I think, is Jeff’s point as well).
Written By: Marco
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