We reached the stage where this discussion about Hillary and the women vote has become “this old chestnut” already. That’s how much it’s done the rounds.
There’s an assumption that women (and particularly young women, for reasons unexplained) should vote for Clinton in the November elections, unquestioningly, and, if they don’t, there’s something wrong with her, them, or both (but probably them). Commentators consistently fall back on Madeline Albright’s claim that there’s a “special place in hell for women who don’t help other women”. Unequivocal support for other women might be what people think is central to feminist practice but it’s not (well, it might be if your brand of feminism is the one which claims that women doing anything is ok). I don’t have any particular feelings about Clinton, I should add, but expecting women – and particularly those who call themselves feminists, how very dare they – to support her just because she’s a woman (for that is the call here) is reductionist and tokenistic and is undermining her whole campaign. These discussions have framed Clinton as just a woman who deserves certain votes, rather than what she is – a politician with viable platform.