Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Susan Faludi: "Second-Place Citizens"

In an op-ed piece in yesterday's New York Times, Susan Faludi (Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women (1991)) takes up the Hillary issue. In particular, she takes as her jumping off point the fact that Hillary's speech to the Democratic convention last night comes on the 88th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Still, the focus of the column is women's discontent over Hillary's fate. Here's an excerpt:
“I see this nation differently than I did 10 months ago,” reads a typical posting on a Web site devoted to Clintonista discontent. “That this travesty was committed by the Democratic Party has forever changed my approach to politics.” In scores of Internet forums and the conclaves of protest groups, those sentiments are echoed, as Clinton supporters speak over and over of feeling heartbroken and disillusioned, of being cheated and betrayed.

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