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June 9th, 2008
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New Definition for "Subtle"

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Date:June 10th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
It gets better: I read an article about the sexism and racism in the campaign, and in the end, one of the researchers said, "There's that big caveat, somebody should recognize, it's not just about race and sex. It's also about the person," Keating said. "Obama is not only a black man; he's also Obama. Clinton is not only a white female; she's also Hillary." (But then, I do that, too. Parallel constructions -- or the lack thereof -- certainly say a lot.)
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Date:June 10th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
The whole "Hillary" thing bugs me. Clearly it's sexism - if not for sexist conventions, we wouldn't be in the position of trying to figure out which person you're talking about when you say "Clinton." And I think it's hugely disrespectful to use a first name for a public figure you don't know. But she embraced that - her bumper stickers said "Hillary."

Anyway, in the quote you give, the natural construction - I think - would be to use full names after the "also" - "He's also Barack Obama" and "She's also Hillary Clinton." Also, is "woman" such a charged term that it can't be used? She's a "white female" of unspecified species?
Date:June 10th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
The reason she embraced Hillary was to appear competent and nice (which the article points out is a problem for women everywhere). But I guess woman is a four letter word these days (unlike bitch).
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