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