What a difference we would have seen these past few weeks. Not all of it good, mind you. But likely a lot less stressful.
Much of what would have been left out is the knowledge that some of us have gained about gender bias.
I’ve always considered myself fairly aware of women’s issues. Back in the early 70’s, I was engaged with the Women’s Liberation Movement. I do have to admit, though, that I really preferred that it be a “People’s Liberation Movement.”
Men needed to be liberated as much as women did. Liberated from the beliefs that they were of more value than women. That women were there to serve their wishes. To be compliant. Accept what they were given and be thankful for that.
Remembering those days makes we want to throw up.
I’m a privileged white male. One privilege, that I’m very thankful for, was being born into a family dominated by a chauvinistic man. It taught me how I didn’t want to be. I thank my father for that. Very sincerely.
It was what he knew. How he had been socialized.
He also taught me some very wonderful things as well. That family is important, as is integrity, honesty, hard work and playing hard. Many things that I also thank him for teaching me.
I just looked up at the title I gave this post and wonder what caused me to go off on such a tangent. Give me a minute or three and I’ll figure that out. Or not.
Gender Bias. That’s what tripped the switch that sent my train careening down a different track. Such an important issue. Bias of all sorts is important, and that has a lot to do with the acrimonious state we find ourselves in.
I’m going to direct my imagination to a scenario that was possible a few weeks ago. What would it be like if Bernie had won the primary?
What label would The Donald give Bernie? There would be lots to choose from. Old, decrepit Jew? Not going to go there. You can come up with your own.
The labels that won’t fit: dishonest, flip flopping, inauthentic, low energy, for the war in Iraq, for free trade agreements, for regime change, war hawk, or that women are voting for a candidate because she’s a woman.
And a lot of, mostly white, males wouldn’t feel threatened by giving a woman so much power.
The stress level that I feel, and imagine being there for many others, would be much lower because the outcome of the race would not be as doubtful.
I’m not a Hillary supporter. I’ll be voting Green Party. I don’t trust Hillary to follow through on her promises.
But, because Hillary is there, this contest has given us the opportunity to look at our biases. Especially so when it comes to equality of men and women.
We still have a ways to go.