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Leveraging the Power of Race and Gender

Leveraging the Power of Race and Gender

Hey from beautiful San Miguel de Allende. Did a talk at the literary festival here and had a wonderful time with some super smart expats, all eager to engage on issues of writing memoir and surviving it. Any of you out in SMA, the memoir writing workshop is Monday from 3-6. Come on down!

Check out this piece by Kavita Nandini Ramdas, Leveraging the Power of Race and Gender. We met years ago when we were both honored with the Women Who Could Be President Award from the League of Women Voters. Hers is a smart, interesting, and more international view of the election.

I've been watching with interest the turn HRC's campaign is taking, and how the media reacts. Seems no matter which way she turns, she's motherized. She's either team leader soccer mom, cold and stoic mom,vulnerable and loving mom, or now, this new incarnation, scolding mom.

Much has been written on the paternalism of the President, the way the citizenry identifies the president as the ultimate father/protector. I'd like to see HRC embrace being the mother of the nation rather than evade or tip-toe around the gender issue. She should take a few lessons from Queen Elizabeth, or even just Cate Blanchett.

Being a mother is nothing to be ashamed of.

February 24th, 2008

Comments:

Comment #1 by emerson on February 25, 2008 - 12:26am

Hi, Rebecca.I will turn thirty in a month, and I wonder if you could recommend a good (east coast) place for a silence retreat. I think I want to spend the first few days of my thirties in reflection. Thanks for your help!*ezh

Comment #2 by LiteraryAquarian on February 26, 2008 - 1:07am

Rebecca, would you run for President? I've been away from the TV for a week, but I have captured glimpses of a very frazzled looking Hillary. I think she should steer clear of the cheap shots. Accusing Obama of plagiarism(sp)? hasn't helped her campaign one bit.

Comment #3 by Nadra on February 26, 2008 - 7:42pm

Hmmmmmm...Although Hillary is a mother she doesn't exude a very maternal vibe in my opinion. So, I don't believe she's repressing her maternal instincts, I simply believe she doesn't have very many. On this note, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has an interesting column about how Hillary is more masculine than Obama is. In many ways Obama has been sexualized and feminized, while Hillary has been villified for exhibiting traits society views as masculine.

Comment #4 by Rebecca Walker on February 27, 2008 - 10:29am

Good point Nadra. And yet she seems to be very maternal toward Chelsea...if she could somehow expand this.

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