"But Mom, she’s a girl!"

Tue, January 15, 2008

Feminism


The words I hear frequently from PunditGirl these days — “But MOM, she’s a GIRL!”

“She,” of course, is Hillary Clinton.

Being a member of our family, there’s no doubt that if my eight-year-old daughter could vote, she’d be casting a ballot in the upcoming Democratic, not the Republican, primary.

And she knows that Mommy LOVES her some politics! But she’s confused over my support for John Edwards. Not because of any lengthy discussions on issues or policy statements we’ve had after school. There’s only one thing on her mind that matters — girl power!

So, her logic goes, since Edwards isn’t a girl (at least not that we know of!), “girls” shouldn’t be voting for him — we should be voting for the “girl” candidate. Granted, the political sphere of an eight-year-old girl is somewhat limited by definition, though if Hannah Montana or Ashley Tisdale were running for office in 2008, I have no doubt that PunditGirl would be completely up to speed on the issues of concert tour dates and long hair!

A perfectly reasonable political philosophy when you’re in second grade.

I know it’s confusing for her that the mommy who tells her she can do anything she wants and be anything she wants to be isn’t on the forefront of supporting the first viable woman candidate for President of the United States. I have assured her that if HRC is the Democratic nominee I will obviously vote for her. But it’s hard to explain subtle policy differences to my mini-PunditMe when in her experience the equations are:

Girls = good
Boys = bad (with the exception of her dad, of course!)

I know she is going to keep lobbying me on this one, just as I’ve been lobbying Mr. PunditMom for my personal choice.

Whoever I end up voting for when our primary is held (I am keeping my fingers crossed that there will be more than two choices on the primary ballot), I’m taking PunditGirl out of school for the time it takes me to vote.

Even if I don’t check the box for her candidate, I want her to see the “girl” candidate on the ballot in the voting booth for herself.

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6 Responses to “"But Mom, she’s a girl!"”

  1. Maria Says:

    I think it is great that you are taking your daughter with you to the booth! I take my son, even though he is just one, because I want it to become a habit for both of us. Plus, it’s easy for me to do so, because our polling place is so close to our house, so we can walk down there or stop by on the way to work/daycare. Like I said, I think it is great that you will take your daughter with you! Hopefully it helps to inspire another generation of voters!

  2. the end of motherhood Says:

    I’m with Pundit Girl.

  3. Alyson & Ford Says:

    I’m down with taking the daughter with you to vote. Very cool indeed.

    Edwards has the appearance of a sinking ship so you may end up picking between H or B sooner or later. Probably sooner.

    Hang in there.

    peace
    fm

  4. Magpie Says:

    My girl would be the same – she prefers to be on the “girl team” (thus shutting Daddy out). But we’re not discussing politics yet, as she’s only just 4. She has, however, voted with me.

  5. landismom Says:

    I’m not a Hillary fan, but I’ve contemplated taking my daughter to vote and letting her pull the lever for Hillary, just because I’m so glad that it is a possibility. At the end of the day, I may just get do that in the general election.

  6. Stimey Says:

    What a wonderful thing that our children can see such a phenomenal group of people on the ballot, and to see that women can be judged the same way men can be: on their ideas–not just their gender.


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