Ok, I get it. Obama delivered a brilliant, vital, on-the-mark
speech discussion about race relations in America. Everyone applauds, some people cry. Pundits unanimously agree it’s the most important speech…like…ever. That’s cool, good for him. Race is a-ok. What about gender?
What if Hillary were to make a speech about being a woman? About the glass ceiling? About the bias against women in the workplace, working mothers, strong women, female go-getters?
I bet the press would use that opportunity to tear her apart, Howard Dean-style. They might call her weak, not ready for the presidency. In terms of politics–American politics especially–gender is th final frontier, not race. Hillary would be labeled a “feminist” (Insert devil horns here).
Men have low tolerance for hearing that they are bigoted, inferior, equal, or oppressive. But imply that they are the weaker sex, and it’s all over. Mention that there’s a huge gap between men and women, you’re done for. It’s risky enough that Hillary is a candidate to become the next president. But what if she DOES becomes president?