So our Homegirl broke her adorable right elbow seen so sweetly raised in a salute! What a Homegirl we have!
If we needed further evidence that our Homegirl was flesh, blood, and bone (I did not), last night’s Tweets put an end to that. Scads of Fangirls and Hillary’s Women reacted reflexively: “Poor Baby!”
Now I got into a brief, indirect, but for me perhaps elemental fray over those words some weeks ago. I defended their use by another. Many of us perceive Hillary as our little sister, daughter, aunt, mother, etc. No matter your age, if you feel that kind of bond with her, your reaction could easily be, “Poor Baby!”
When a buddy on a thread used that expression, she was met with a word-bomb by a poster with power. The words were deemed “sexist.” I stood in favor of the expression. The thread was taken down.
The thing that turned me away from “feminism” in the ’70s was the militancy, the group-think, the “rules.”
I don’t follow those rules. I am small, strong, very feminine, and I do shave. Sorry! I do not find dark hair on light skin especially attractive in some outside-the-bathing suit areas. That’s me! I never liked the “rules.”
Neither do I like rules about language. I am a linguist (via graduate studies). As such, I sit back and observe how language works – it’s a cool way to do research.
So! If women who love, support, and vow forever to be in the corner of one Hillary Rodham Clinton, react reflexively with “Poor Baby,” who am I or anyone to attack that reaction?
My friend Regency said it for 15 minutes (by her account) when she heard of Hillary’s injury. She is young, strong, a LEADER! I not only follow her on Twitter, I FOLLOW her! I turned my Twitter icon green because she led me. On Saturday night last, the icons became a green string – partially because of her leadership. I don’t know a stronger feminist than Regency. And she DID say, many times, “Poor Baby!”
It is NOT sexist!
I rest my case.