Eliot Spitzer Considers Himself a Feminist
11:15 am, July 18th | by Colette McIntyre
Well, Sunday brunches at the Feminist Clubhouse just got a whole heckuva lot weirder — former New York Governor Eliot Spitizer, who is the former New York Governor because of his involvement in an escort ring, told MSNBC host Chris Hayes that he considers himself a feminist. Yes, you heard that right: Eliot Spitzer is a feminist. He listens to Bratmobile B-sides while on his way to work. He once created a zine about abortion and body image in high school. He hates the word “misandry” and looooves Tracy Chapman just as much as you do. He’s ONE OF US! …He’s one of us?
Spitzer recently announced his candidacy for New York City comptroller and has been making the media rounds in an effort to address his past…indiscretions. On Up With Chris Hayes, Spitzer was asked whether he considers himself a feminist. “Yes,” Spitzer answered without hesitation. “I think, look, I hate to hide behind the line, ‘Life is complicated.’ But what I’ve said to the voters is look at the totality of my record. The record I had was one of devout dedication to women’s rights on the issues of choice, on the issues of equal pay, on the issues of anti-discrimination.”
He then pointed to his work in the fight against human trafficking.
“Both as attorney general where we were fervent in pursuing those cases, where we were fervent when I was governor in seeking legislation — we passed and got passed an anti-human trafficking law.”
Okay, so you’ve ruled in a favor of women’s rights a few times and you don’t like human trafficking — that don’t impress me much. Spitzy, baby; it’s all about intersectionality. You can’t parse your support of equal pay from your patronizing young escorts (oh, and using public funds to pay for some of your liaisons), just like you can’t argue that class, gender, and race are separate constructions. While your “official record” may reflect that you are “dedicated” to women’s rights, what happens on the streets (and between the sheets) is just as important. So, sorry, your membership application has been denied.