Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: Hillary Clinton

Aided by the Texts From Hillary tumblr–and pushed over the edge when the Secretary herself submitted a text–Hillary Clinton’s image has taken a turn for the cool lately. But as Amanda Marcotte notes at The Prospect, Clinton’s image as a “badass boss lady” isn’t really new–it’s what her fans have always seen and loved in her. But, Amanda argues, it’s an image that was tempered as she sought older voters in the 2008 primary–and one that might be easier to maintain when she’s the Secretary of State and not a presidential hopeful:

Of course, the fact that Clinton isn’t competing openly with a male politician makes it that much easier for fans, either long-standing or newly minted, to project their fantasies of cool-headed female power onto her. One thing Dowd get right is that Clinton has more “permission” to be beloved when she’s subordinate to a man. If she stepped back out and competed directly with a man for power, would the image of calm-and-cool Hillary be replaced with tedious stereotypes about shrill, grasping women? Or are we finally closing in on the day when women can have power fantasies equal to men’s, with mediating them first through some formal subordination?

Either way, let’s take a minute to appreciate how cool HRC has always been–even way back in 1975.

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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