Amy Simpson: Why I’m Glad Sarah Palin Didn’t Speak for Women

From a post at Gifted for Leadership:

I’m tired of hearing people speak “for women,” making claims about who we are and what we want. I hear constant references to “women voters” as if we were a voting bloc or a powerless group who needs special representation. We’re not powerless; we’re not exceptions to the norm; we’re not even a minority group. We’re slightly more than half the population, and the only thing we all have in common is a small piece of our genetic code. We don’t all think alike and care about the same things. Would anyone ever be so ridiculous as to think of men in the same way? If a handful of powerful woman can speak on behalf of all women, why do we need so many powerful men? Who are they speaking for?

Believe me: I’m not bashing men. In fact, the real offenders here are women who claim to speak for all of us, and women who let them. Why do so many of us want every other women to think, act, behave, live, speak, and believe as we do? Why do we feel the need to exercise this kind of control? Do we believe it legitimizes us? Is it a symptom of loneliness or insecurity? Do we still believe women are second-class citizens?

Regardless of the outcome of this election, clearly times have changed. The next administration will be like no other. This is the end of the era of the stiff, dull, crabby old guys in suits. Let’s hope the “I speak for all women” claim ends here too.

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