Andrew Sullivan: Hillary Clinton Is Not A Real Feminist
10:15 am, March 26th | by Laura Donovan
There are a lot of things that apparently disqualify women from being feminists these days. Wearing heels, putting on lipstick, and compromising for your spouse’s career. Falling into the third category won’t fly by Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan, who said on Bill Maher’s HBO program late last week that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is “not a feminist” for “[subordinating] herself to her husband’s career in politics.”
First discussing former Britain Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Sullivan said the Iron Lady was “amazing” and a true feminist whereas former first lady Clinton used her significant other’s political status to advance her own career:
“Unlike Hillary Clinton, Margaret Thatcher made her own political career, [and] didn’t latch on to her husband. That’s called real feminism…[W]hy did she subordinate herself to her husband’s career in politics? She made a choice to put a man ahead of her. That’s not a feminist.”
When Brown University associate professor Wendy Schiller argued that Clinton “was maligned and abused since the minute she stepped into public life with her husband,” Sullivan asked the academic to pull out “the world’s tiniest violin.” Nevertheless, Sullivan said that Thatcher had thicker skin than Clinton because the English female never played the victim.
Charles M. Blow of the New York Times fired back with the fact that not complaining about something doesn’t mean the problem is nonexistent. “Just because someone doesn’t complain that there’s sexism operating in their life…does not mean that it’s not real, and there’s a crucial difference you have to make. Even if Margaret Thatcher never complained about it, did not mean that it did not exist in her life.”
Clinton’s marriage may have benefited her career, but the Illinois native was well on her way to a rewarding profession long before she tied the knot with her law school sweetheart. Settling down with a man in power does not a submissive woman make, and Clinton, whom many have said is tougher than President Barack Obama, is a walking example of this if there ever was one.