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Women will

| Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My friend and I sat outside the Basilica, Our Lady in plain view, as we watched a compilation of Hillary Clinton’s campaign highlights. Tears came to our eyes, as the ups and downs flashed across the screen — moments of hope in nomination clinches, setbacks along the way. She and I, and many of my female friends, took this election to heart. Finally, a woman to represent us! Someone to show to us that it’s possible, a woman can do everything a man can do! Needless to say, this election is a blow. And we manifested that in tears.

As we watched however, two men walked past. They looked over and suddenly erupted in laughter. As they walked away, one turned to the other and choked out, “all the women on campus are crying today” amidst his chuckles. And this sentiment perhaps hurt more than all of the election coverage I have been watching.

Yes sir, we are crying today. I cry because no one like me has ever been president. I cry because finally someone came close. I cry because my inspiration, and many young girls’ inspiration, lost today. I cry because of all the hateful rhetoric we have all heard this past year that personally hurt me and many of my friends. And finally I cry because someone finds our country’s shared pain, faults and challenges amusing. These next couple of weeks will be challenging. But there is still hope. A woman will become president. Women will be represented equally. Women will be respected. I believe in this. I will fight for this. And I will not be alone.

 

Alexa Fedynsky

senior

Nov. 11

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  • Gunnar Anderson

    Voting for a Hillary was fine, but voting for a woman JUST because she is a woman is it’s own kind of sexism. Just because we haven’t had a woman president yet does not mean it is not possible, nor does it mean we don’t already enjoy equality for the most part, particularly from the viewpoint of someone who was born in the 50’s and has a relative view of the current situation and has seen how far we have come. Hillary lost because someone else won, not because she was a woman.

    • Matt Benedict

      If an Asian votes for an Asian candidate solely because that candidate is Asian, I – as a Caucasian – would never scold that person for doing so. I am not the keeper of my Sister’s or Brother’s heart: my “approval” is not what the world revolves around.

      • warmupthediesel

        Well, it isn’t about you, is it? Gunnar was addressing a point you completely ignored with your condescending distraction. It’s not about YOUR approval/disapproval of somebody’s choosing to vote for a candidate based on their gender/race.

        • Matt Benedict

          Perhaps you miss my point and perhaps we’re saying the same thing – it’s no one’s business but the person who’s making this decision to vote based on whatever parameters she/he sets up for her-/him-self. “Sexism”, and a host of other “-isms”, mean different things to different people, like LeBron James taking offense at Phil Jackson’s use of “posse” – it means different things to different people and what those different things are not of my defining.

          • warmupthediesel

            Well, no….we aren’t saying the same thing. I agree with Gunnar’s point…..voting for somebody “because they look like me” is just as shallow and “racist/sexist” as the NOT voting for somebody because they DON’T look like you. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

    • João Pedro Santos

      Male tears much?

      • Gunnar Anderson

        I think you need to learn to discuss in a more respectful manner.

        • João Pedro Santos

          You call people “sexist” for voting for Hillary Clinton.
          You dismiss how serious racism and xenophobia are in the US.
          And then you complain about other people being “disrespectful”. Good joke.

          • Gunnar Anderson

            I didn’t say people were sexist for voting for Hillary Clinton. I said if that is the ONLY reason you voted for her, then yes, that would be sexism.

    • João Pedro Santos

      “Hey, don’t you dare calling me a racist because I voted for someone who wants to deport 12 million immigrants and ban an entire religion.”
      “How dare you voting for a woman because she’s a women!”
      Reactionaries logic 101.

      • Gunnar Anderson

        If it were Canadians coming en masse across the border instead nobody would cry racism. You can agree or disagree with deporting folks, but to assume the rationale is racist is just that – an assumption, and a false one.

        • João Pedro Santos

          Do you even know the meaning of racism? Racism is discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity. Discriminating white Canadian immigrants (not all Canadians are white, by the way) would be xenophobia since they’re Canadian. But it wouldn’t be racism since they’re white. Do you understand or do I need to explain in a clearer way?

          • Gunnar Anderson

            Having a secure border is neither xenophobic nor rascist. If that were the case, then virtually all countries would be guilty, because other countries also secure their borders.

          • João Pedro Santos

            When did I say that other countries didn’t have issues with xenophobia? Strawman much?

          • Gunnar Anderson

            European countries have always had very secure borders. You have always had to have a national ID to move around, to check into a hotel, etc. That has nothing to do with xenophobia.

  • Punta Venyage

    Kellyanne Conway was the first woman ever to run a successful presidential campaign.

    It’s a matter of focus.

    If you refuse to view the world outside the lens of man/woman, you should at least be celebrating this victory. Kellyanne was remarkable.

    The humor/sadness of the situation is that you place the responsibility of your life and emotional state on an external factor, rather than on yourself. It’s impossible to feel successful if you don’t take personal responsibility for your actions and thoughts.

    And if you continue to choose being easily offended, you will severely limit your potential to excel in this life. Change your mindset.