Election Night Stakes: Your Vagina, Hurricane Sandy Relief, Queer Voters, Hillary Clinton’s Legacy

With election night less than a week away, we’re hearing more and more of this campaign’s catch phrase: “the stakes couldn’t be higher.” Yes, that’s true. But context should be added to every mention of that phrase. Yes, it bears repeating ad nauseum; it’s that important. Here are the stakes as we see them:

Women’s health and reproductive rights. Duh. We all know this has been the hot-button issue this election season. We all need to get to the polls to let our voices be heard on this one. But this student journalist heeds an important reminder that women’s health care rights are always relevant—and vulnerable.

Humanity. Hurricane, superstorm, franken-whatever Sandy hit hard. Lives and livelihoods were devastated and the country’s biggest, most resilient city was forced to cower in Mother Nature’s wake. How President Obama and Mitt Romney responded tells us a little bit about each one’s ideals. Authenticity matters, folks.

Voices—All of Them. Gay and transgender Americans are all-but-forgotten in campaign stump speeches, give or take a scripted comment about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or  the Defense of Marriage Act. Here are some fantastic essays that lend insight into Voting While Queer and Voting While Trans. One highlight to ponder: is there any reasonable reason that we must list our sex on the ballot?

The economy. A thriving one means more opportunities for equal work for which we can fight for equal pay. There is no one answer to get us back in the black, and, folks, this shit takes time. Each candidate wants a more solvent American economy, but their approaches are very different. Understand that difference.

Women’s empowerment around the world. No one has done more to put women’s rights, freedoms and economic empowerment on the international stage than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (recap some awesomeness here). She will be leaving the office at the end of President Obama’s current term. No matter who wins this election, we must not forget the importance of this work and continuing to protect, support and celebrate women all over the world. Political activism starts with each of us letting our local representatives know where our priorities lie. Get chatty, make change.

 

 


Comments

  1. Rachel says:

    Ummm…. ahem. All the importance about lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights on this site, yet it says: “Boyfriend & Husband Care”? What about “Girlfriend & Wife Care”? Touche.

    • The Sexy Feminist says:

      Yes, Rachel, it’s a good point, and as you note, we do our best. However, the reason we specifically have a section about men is twofold: 1. To get men more involved and show that we want to involve them in our feminist lives; and 2. Because our relationships with men are fraught with feminist issues in ways that women’s relationships with their female lovers are not (simply because there *is* a gender difference in hetero relationships). We have a separate section for Love & Marriage, which is as inclusive as it can be. (Oh, if only “marriage” legally carried the same weight in every state!) Thanks for reading!

  2. Spoken like a real feminist,I like your article writing style.Really mature and interesting,I had fun on your writing style and the way your insights about Hurricane Sandy and the election.Thank you for sharing.

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