Monday, April 17, 2017
Dear Susan Bordo,
Your recent Guardian op-ed, "The destruction of Hillary Clinton: sexism, Sanders and the millennial feminists," based on your new book The Destruction of Hillary Clinton, seeks to explain "how the most qualified candidate ever to run for president lost the seemingly unlosable election."
Your findings are clear: my generation of millennial feminists who supported Sanders lost Clinton the election. As a feminist, philosopher, and professor of women's and gender studies, you ground your analysis in theory and your experience teaching millennial women. I would like to offer commentary that could help you learn more about what we millennial feminists think -- to indict us more effectively or exonerate us for destroying candidate Clinton and creating President Trump.
Young women owe your generation of feminists much. But you owe us honesty, respect, and compassion. That's what many of us millennial feminists felt Hillary Clinton failed to provide. So, you can defend Hillary Clinton's positions and praise her pragmatism and political expediency. But you can't pretend she hasn't changed. Or that she and Sanders were equally progressive or establishment. Or you can. But you're fooling yourself. If you really believe the millennial feminists you target in your piece are no less feminist than your generation of feminists, then you owe it to yourself and us and our common future to figure out what we value and need in this very different and precarious world of rampant greed, shameful income inequality, militarism, and endless war, overt and covert. And when you figure that out, maybe you can share it with Hillary Clinton.
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