Hillary Clinton, The Vote, and Contemporary Feminism's Class Blindness

Vigo, Julian; Curcio, Jasmine

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  18/11/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20134

The feminist fight for libreration has been sidelined.


The recent electoral victory of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton has led to a massive spewing of theatrics on social media whereby public "mourning" which verges on the sycophantic has given rise to a larger public momentum of mass neoliberal outrage as the surrogate for political activity. Even within feminist circles are the myriad Facebook groups devoted to discussing how Clinton was the arch-victim of misogyny, no mention of class politics or Clinton's having turned her back on the mere mention of class. Now with the recent movement to utilise safety pins as a means to "indicate that the person wearing the pin is a safe person for those who might feel in danger, whether that's due to their religion, nationality or other status," we have fully entered into the age of absurdist politics whereby "safety" is demarcated through cheap political gimmickry and the real analysis of political failure is fobbed off by feminists as the inability of people to recognise the necessity of women’s political self-determination -- or whatever that has come to mean nowadays.
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