Are you a nasty woman?

 

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Do you tell the truth about your life?  That makes you a feminist. Whew, glad we got that straightened out.

(Two years ago, I posted “Are you a feminist?” If you’re still afraid of calling yourself a feminist, please read!)

Are you a nasty woman?  The answer to that would also be yes. If you speak your mind, you are a nasty woman.  Be proud.

One of the lessons Hillary Clinton taught women (and men!) in this charged presidential campaign is how to be a modern woman. When asked her position on Planned Parenthood, birth control and abortion, she is unapologetically a feminist. It doesn’t matter if you are for or against: it is simply a matter of a woman’s right to choose. She insists women stop earning 77 cents on the dollar. If that’s being a feminist, I’ll take it.

I came of age in the first incarnation of what was then called women’s liberation.  I read the very first issue of Ms. magazine.  It was a new language back then. There were centuries of barriers and consciousness to recognize.

So when Trump said about Clinton, “She is such a nasty woman,” women responded viscerally without needing social media to inform them.

As Susan Dominus wrote in “The nickname Hillary Clinton has been waiting for” in the October 20, 2016 issue of the NYTimes magazine:

To describe yourself, with glee, as a nasty woman is a powerful unleashing, a refutation of all that girls are brought up to be: subservient, silent and accommodating, to the point of personal risk.

Translation:  If you speak your mind, you are a nasty woman.

Hillary Clinton has lived under a microscope in this election and I’m tired of the sexism.  Do we complain that a man is unemotional, or that he is authoritative?  Enough already.

I’m a proud nasty woman and I voted, absentee ballot, for Hillary Clinton.

Gotta go.  This nasty woman is off to bake a fresh pumpkin bread studded with chocolate chips. I’m so nasty.

xo Liza

P.S.  Exercise your choice and vote for whomever, but vote!

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3 thoughts on “Are you a nasty woman?

  1. I’m with you, Liza… a true feminist! One of my best moments was meeting Gloria Steinem in a casual setting and talking about raising daughters. I think mine was about 4 yrs old at the time and I am proud to say that she is one now! I don’t see myself as a ‘nasty woman’, I don’t like the connotation and I don’t like being labeled by someone like Donald Trump (altho I get the irony). I believe women should maintain their balance and self confidence, be proud of who they are, and ask for what they want. In most situations — workplace; day to day life, being demandingly pushy or brash just isn’t gong to get what we want. We are STILL up against the same opinions men have always had about us and we have to keep changing that direction. I believe the younger 30’s generation and younger are; but they don’t realize that the work has to continue. They also don’t realize what it took to get where we are; my daughter is floored to hear stories of when I was in my 20’s and what it was like. Pretty soon we will settle down and they will have to take over… I truly hope the sound I hear is the presidential glass ceiling shattering!!

    1. Hi Kate! Thanks for your thoughts! I hear the Pres Glass Ceiling shattering all ready. Nov. 8 will be quite a night. When you think that women couldn’t vote until 1920! Madame President sounds wonderful. Blacks got the right to vote in 1870…but couldn’t really vote until the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. Can you believe THAT? Change is slow…but oh, the times they are a changin’.

  2. That they are, Liza!! Ready or not… we are on the brink of a new era. Sometimes it sounds VERY good to be hanging out on a beach in Mexico!

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