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    • Alexa
      Scout
      8 months ago

      I like her take on this. I wish the world she spins, and the advantages she dreams of for marginalized candidates, existed.

      The experiences one gains from being marginalized because of racism and sexism offer invaluable perspectives that often make candidates inclined to be more egalitarian and inclusive, precisely because they know intimately what exclusion feels like.

      • SEnkey
        ScoutScribe
        8 months ago

        Here's my struggle, it all goes back to Marxist 'False Consciousness'. The idea that if your poor you will support the revolution, and if you don't it's because you've fallen prey to the capitalist propaganda, ie false consciousness. Maybe this is a stretch, but the question I would ask is this: Are there legitimate reasons to think that a vote for Sanders or Biden is better than a vote for Warren? Or is any vote for a male a vote for the patriarchy and an indicator that you've been duped by it?

        I don't think that is her argument, but I know I had real issues with Hillary in 2016, Hillary the person - not Hillary as a woman. Radicals serve a purpose, and I appreciate that she took the time to write this. But if we all voted in that way our politics could get messy quick, and we could end up putting forward weak candidates on both sides.

        • Alexa
          Scout
          8 months ago

          Yea, agree on the Hilary thing. I had huge concerns about her as a politician, no way related to her being a woman. I agree there are legit reasons to vote for either Biden/Sanders or Warren, for reasons way outside "the vagina vote".

          At this point, I'm falling into "a little column a, a little column b". I mostly make my decision on issues & who aligns with my values, but I also can't help but be swayed by wanting a candidate who can more viscerally reflect & understand my own experience in the world (yes, as a woman).

          The false consciousness stuff you bring up makes me a little "ugh" on a good day when I see it in action, am I voting for a woman bc she's a woman? Just that assumption makes me snippy, and the news is so quick to be reductive when characterizing those decisions. I'm with you, I defo struggle with that too.

          • SEnkey
            ScoutScribe
            8 months ago

            I like your approach here. The truth is any politician is a trade off. The longer I've followed politics the less I want to know about the politicians as they always disappoint! Maybe my expectations are too high...

            • Alexa
              Scout
              8 months ago

              Right! I want to bury my head in the sand over it all but then I feel guilty for being a bad citizen. No clear win here.

    • jbuchana
      Scribe
      8 months ago

      This article gave me, on the far left, something to think about...