But of course she’s running. Even if she doesn’t really want to be president, she should run — as should several of her female colleagues — to help normalize women’s campaigning for president and finally correct the conversation about whether a woman can win and make it instead about which woman will win. She should run to give voters a choice, to push the field to the left, and to leverage her history of lambasting corrupt capitalist excess to properly shame the Trump kakistocracy. And, for what it’s worth, I think she does really want to be president.
Every parent should read this piece from The Atlantic
on toxic masculinity (and the follow up NY Times editorial
). As we push for our daughters to have greater gender equity, how can we ensure our sons have the same progressive support?
There’s a word for what’s happening here: misogyny. When school officials and parents send a message to children that “boyish” girls are badass but “girlish” boys are embarrassing, they are telling kids that society values and rewards masculinity, but not femininity. They are not just keeping individual boys from free self-expression, but they are keeping women down too.
Following up on last week’s newsletter, be sure to check out this interview
with Hannah Gadsby (via NY Times). Watch out, Louis C.K. 👊