Quick Hit: Maddow on feminism

I’m frankly jealous of the Smith class of 2010. Rachel Maddow was the graduation speaker. Radical feminist teacher and blogger, Ileana Jimenez, caught up with her to ask her her thoughts on speaking at a women’s college whose mission is proudly feminist:

I do feel that the core of the feminist experience is that women are expected to be full people independent of their gender, and that it really is about having the same high expectations of everybody in this kind of an environment. I think the idea that nobody gets cut any slack because of who they are is just as liberal and feminist as the idea that everybody needs special dispensation. You better be a badass no matter what you’re doing.

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  • cattrack2

    ” I think the idea that nobody gets cut any slack because of who they are is just as liberal and feminist as the idea that everybody needs special dispensation.”
    I LOVE this quote by Rachel. Its the world view which anchors my feminism. Too often feminists today think the answers to societal problems lies in government, forgetting that Big Government is as susceptible to error, malfeasance, abuse, and discrimination as Big Business. By focusing so intently on government action, we forget that 9 times out of 10 women & minorities are on their own in surmounting barriers.

  • Comrade Kevin

    We should have high expectations of each other, since so many women often come into feminism without high expectations of themselves. But if you flip the paradigm upside down, you end up with this pursuit of perfection, which isn’t good in a totally different way.
    But if we are all challenging the status quo in a different way and not judging each other’s contributions based on all of these exacting metrics, then that is certainly badass.

  • Jen

    And!
    You can watch Rachel Maddow’s amazing, inspiring, totally badass commencement speech here:
    http://www.smith.edu/video/commencement2010.php
    Damn. I am so proud to be a Smithie.

  • Toongrrl

    I want to kiss her so bad!!!!

  • Yekaterina

    Damn. We had Erick Holder. I’d totally trade him in for Rachel Maddow.