I try not to get political too often on the blog because I know (1) politics is an incredibly polarizing topic and (2) most of you are here to read about our adventures as expats. But sometimes something happens and you just *have* to break the rules. For me, it’s saying out loud that I am an unapologetic Hillary Clinton supporter. In 2002, I watched, enraptured, as she wiped the floor with that spoogenugget Rick Santorum in a debate that aired on C-SPAN about reproductive rights. I voted for Bill Clinton during my freshman year of college and I always admired and respected Hillary, but until that debate, I didn’t recognize how much of a leader she actually was. For years afterward, I watched her political ascent, going from Senator of New York to candidate for President of the United States, to Secretary of State, and now to the presumptive Democratic nominee for the highest office in the land. Today is a day that I’ve looked forward to for many years, and I stand here, proudly declaring that Hillary Clinton is my my unequivocal choice for President of the United States of America. I do so with tears in my eyes, and pride in my heart. Honestly, it’s a day I never thought would come.
You see, even while we’re poised to elect our first female President, we still live in a world where women are degraded, marginalized, and downtrodden. No doubt this is an historic moment, but we’ve got a shit ton more to do. If you take a look at what’s going on outside of politics, it’s astounding we’ve actually come this far. In everyday life women are told they’re not smart enough, strong enough, and simply not good enough. We are told to accept less money for working the same jobs and that our value comes not from our brains and what we add to society but from how pretty we are and how alluring men find our bodies. We are catcalled and told to accept the jeers and leers as compliments; to smile because it makes men feel better about us. We are told to lean the fuck in, but god forbid we legitimately go after what we want. And, one of the things that makes me most angry of all, angry old out-of-touch white men are still fighting ruthlessly to control what a woman can or can’t do with her body. In schools across the country, little girls are told not to show their knees and shoulders because people can’t be bothered to teach their sons about consent. We live in a world where a convicted rapist is sentenced to 6 months in county jail (and will likely only serve three) during the same month Hillary Clinton, a smart, measured, capable HBIC has clinched this historic nomination. The dichotomy is staggering. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled we’ve come this far but we ain’t done yet.