Laura June writes a mommy blog for New York Magazine. These are the quotes from her latest post:
I’m Voting for Hillary Because of My Daughter.
And yet, until she conceded defeat, I stuck with Hillary for the simple reason that she is a woman.
I did it for my newly dead mother, who would have loved to see the day when a woman became POTUS.
This is how I was raised: to vote for women if viable, rational women were on the ticket.
I get that a lot of people — including many extremely intelligent women — think this is a very dumb way to choose a candidate to support. It is on some level extremely radical to say: “I will vote for her because of her gender.” Anytime you suggest that one thing — gender or race, especially — trumps all else in your voting book, people will be very annoyed. Those who disagree with this strategy often default to worst-case scenarios: “So you’d vote for Sarah Palin simply because she is a woman?” To that I’d say: “Of course not; stop being difficult to make a point.” Of course the candidate needs to share my values. But given two candidates of roughly the same values — one a man and one a woman — I think it is perfectly rational to choose the woman because she is a woman. Always.
I forgot that I vote for women. Always. I took for granted some sense of equality. The world has changed so much in the past 15 years, surely Hillary Clinton doesn’t need my vote so much, does she?
after several months of thinking, Well, I think I’ll probably vote for Bernie Sanders — that I am going to support and vote for Hillary, and that it is important for me to say this aloud to my friends and family. I’m going to vote for Hillary Clinton, because she is a woman.
This is even more important to say aloud now, I think, in light of her defeat in New Hampshire, where it is clear that she lost many women's votes to Sanders.
Once or twice, watching her stand on that stage, I thought I saw her feel something I have felt many times in my adult life as a woman, and the best way I can describe it is to say that she looked like she was going to laugh maniacally, explode, cry, and throw up all at the same time.
I saw for the first time the thing we have in common: We are both women. And that was enough, because I have never seen that look in Bernie Sanders eyes, because Bernie Sanders is not a woman.
Sometimes the fact that I’m a woman isn’t the most important thing about me. But sometimes, it is.This is not an intelligent, cogent argument; it is a desperate cry from a woman for the repeal of the 19th Amendment. It doesn't matter how corrupt, weak, or incompetent Hillary is, Laura June is voting for her because she is a woman. Men need not apply.