While I certainly realize the historical significance of the United States having a viable female candidate for president, I can't help but feel less than excited about it. But it has nothing to do with my feelings about Hillary herself. I'm unfazed by the actual idea of having a female president, and that reaction has forced me to do a little soul searching. Have I begun to take the strides women have made in the cultural landscape for granted? Although I vaguely remember Geraldine Ferraro running for vice president, I do remember it being a big deal. What's changed in the last 24 years? Have I become that cocksure of the equality of women? I have to say no. It's not a feminist issue. It's a US-centric issue.
I'm not excited about it because so many other countries have already done it. That boundary has been broken. For all of my love of country, I do not think that in order for it to count, we have to do it. A woman in the White House is a forgone conclusion, when viewed through the lens of the world. Consider countries like India, Germany, Liberia, and New Zealand — all of them operate with utterly capable female leaders to little fanfare. And frankly, that's the most feminist way to handle the issue. If you're a competent leader, the issue of gender is, and should be moot. So come November, we'll just elect a president. Skirt, optional.
What do you think?