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Feminist Politics

It wasn’t too long ago that I was a supporter of Hillary Clinton but as my own personal values have shifted over the years, so too have my politics. Being that I have grown most in my values on capitalism, feminism and anti-racism over the past few years, most specifically the past few months, I have come to disagree with and diverge away from many of Clinton’s politics. That’s a very normal, natural, and healthy thing to do. A growth process that I believe more people should embrace and work towards: confronting your own beliefs and values and working to sharpen them, question them and grow in or away from them. From my perspective, which I often consider to be unique as a feminist in an evangelical Presbyterian church, this growth is all important in the female democratic process. There is no one issue that defines women or any candidate and we must actively work against constructing and actively believing binaries that work to order us into invisible lines of demarcation. What one woman cares about is not the same as another, and this also includes our body politics. Assuming that our bodies are what connect our minds and our politics is not only foolish but oppressive. That is why it is important for us to engage with politicians based on their world views, policies, critical issues, and values that we believe to be most important, not simply their personalities, bodies, or talking points. As we get closer to the election I have lost quite a bit of the Bern and have not grown in enthusiasm for Hillary, but I remain engaged with the conversation and am keeping mindful of the ways that politics attempts to drag me by my vagina towards any given candidate. That hurts and isn’t really nice.

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