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I will never forget the first time I watched Sen. Hillary Clinton in a debate. When a comment was made about politics being a "boys club," Clinton spoke up and said something to the extent of, "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. And I am very comfortable in the kitchen."
This remark from Clinton had me yelling at my television. Why even joke about gender roles when you are a national symbol for female empowerment? I have been frustrated with Hillary Clinton from the beginning, but the jokes about her pantsuits, the questions abut her commitment to family and such have led me to really think about what feminism means.
There are some radical feminists who taint the image of the movement. They see marriage as a trap and motherhood as some sort of failure. A woman spending her time in her home is seen as a step backward. But from what I have witnessed, I know that domestic roles are not for the weak-willed.
I have two women in my life who are living proof that a woman can bring home the bacon and fry it up, too. My grandmother is in her 60s and is still politically active and has had a great career. But she also enjoys sewing and cooking (those terrible sexist activities that enslave women). My mom is the same way. She has two college degrees, and she can still make dinner for five and do the laundry without losing any respect or integrity.
I used to think I had to abandon all traditional aspects of femininity. But now I know it's okay that I like to bake and sew. As long as these are choices and not expectations, women can be empowered in any situation.
My outrage at Hillary for her use of the gender card has since subsided. I mean, just because a woman sits in the oval office doesn't mean she can't be comfortable in the White House kitchen.