Meanwhile, now that Hillary Clinton has withdrawn her bid for the presidency, the media seems more willing to acknowledge sexist attacks during her campaign & see their parallel in attacks on SATC. Says Ramin Setoodeh in this week’s issue of NEWSWEEK: “it’s tempting to draw the parallel between the “Sex” haters and the Hillary haters.” And in SLATE, Timothy Noah asks: “Is Sex and the City our culture’s consolation prize to Hillary Clinton’s supporters?”
D’uh? Ya think?!?!?
Now I’m in a very difficult position here: I’m a fervent lifelong Democrat. (My first campaign was in 1960. My Dad was a precinct captain in Newark, NJ, & young as I was, I vividly remember stuffing JFK flyers under every door on the block.) I wore a saxophone pin as a member of Bill Clinton’s Rapid Response team in ’92, & I started sending money to HILLPAK as soon as the First Lady became Senator Clinton. But we are also residents of Chicago & my husband is one of Michelle Obama’s UCMC colleagues, so we were early supporters when BHO began his run for the Senate. What a quandary!!!
Furthermore, as a Jewish-American activist, I have empathized deeply with my African-American sisters. Am I a Jew first or a feminist first? Well, that depends: am I talking to Adolph Hitler or Don Imus??? I’m both & I don’t like being forced to choose!!!
But in the current context, I think we must be absolutely clear about one thing: the Liberal establishment abhors racism, & whenever they are forced to chose, the powers that be will ignore sexism every time. As Professor Martha Lauzen told Patrick Goldstein of the LA TIMES last month: “Hollywood is far more embarrassed about being labeled racist than sexist.” She told me the very same thing when I interviewed her way back in 2002. In fact, my conversation with her was one of the key inspirations for the creation of WITASWAN.
So, women: this is OUR fight, & we MUST keep fighting!!!