It was hard to have Hilary Clinton, way more qualified, way more knowledgeable, way more decent way more insert-pretty-much-any-adjective-you-would-want-in-a-president-here lose to Trump.
(Full disclosure: I supported Sanders in the 2016 primary — in so far as a Canadian with an American husband and children can support anyone. Not that I am comparing that general to this primary!).
It is harder still to have Elizabeth Warren, who had almost none of whatever flaws you might ascribe to Clinton, lose.
It is not just that women have lost to men. It is that the women were more capable and had better policy.
I feel this loss as a feminist.
But I also I feel the loss as a person who appreciates deep and comprehensive thought. It hurts that my way of looking at the world is not one that is valued by others. It scares me too.
BUT especially I feel the loss as someone who identifies as both, as a smart woman. Because that is still something people find not “likeable” or “electable”. And that is hard to take.
However, I understand that that’s how democracy has to work.
I am hoping this diary can be just a small moment to hold that hurt before we move on to the main task ahead.
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