Sunday, June 08, 2008

Simmering cauldrons

A great blog post from Saturday, by a great writer, digby at Hullabaloo on the sexism that came to the fore in America over the course of Clinton's campaign.
Clinton's campaign ripped open a hole in our culture and forced us to look inside. And what we found was a simmering cauldron of crude, sophomoric sexism and ugly misogyny that a lot of us knew existed but didn't realize was still so socially acceptable that it could be broadcast on national television and garner nary a complaint from anybody but a few internet scolds like me. It was eye-opening, to say the least.
There's a video there as well that's worth a look if you're inclined to shrug off the topic as yesterday's news and move on now that Clinton's out (the same video referenced here, on Saturday).

It was interesting to see the point being raised there about the tone taken within the progressive blogosphere in the U.S. during the Democratic primary with a few people saying they stopped visiting Daily Kos, the Huffington Post, etc. due to the obvious vitriol toward the Clinton campaign. And that there are wounds within that online community that will take time to heal. (Check out some of the diaries on Kos from Saturday underscoring the wounds: "Kudos to Clinton supporters who stayed, with grace" and "Come back Alegre, come back Hillary supporters".)

What a fascinating phenomenon it's been, fracturing a group of people theoretically working toward the same goal, ousting the Republicans from the White House, yet turning their guns on each other, fiercely, along the way.