No, this has nothing to do with puppies. But a lot to do with the 2016 election in the USA.
One night in 11th grade, I was asked out on a date by a boy on whom I had a tremendous crush. The kind where you walk down a different hallway to class, hoping to have a 2 second sighting of him. And being in alt if he smiled at you. Puppy love.
I was so excited when he asked me out. I remember picking out my outfit carefully, discussing the upcoming date for hours with my friends on the phone. And then the night arrived.
We went to see “Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid” in the movie theater in Mount Kisco, NY. After the movie, in the parking lot of the theater, he asked me to “go steady” with him. And he gave me an ID bracelet with his name on it, to seal the deal.
I still remember how breathtakingly surprised and elated I was.
“Going steady” was a normal expression and a normal dating ritual at the time, although it seems so strange now. I was marked as his girlfriend and no one else better intrude. And I could show off that he loved me so much that he marked me as his girlfriend and no one else better intrude. That sounds insane now.
It was like being branded.
There was no reciprocity. There was no “boyfriend, you need to wear this to show all the other girls that they can’t come near you, or else.” It was the polar opposite of equality.
Which brings us to 2016. We have the opportunity to have a woman as President of the United States of America.
And here I am, voicing my political views on this blog. Which I wasn’t going to do. I started out supporting Bernie Sanders, but well before the primaries, I realized that it would be impossible to pay for everything that he proposed, although I think that we deserve everything that he proposed.
I have always liked Hillary Clinton a lot. And I think that Bernie Sanders helped move her platform in the direction I prefer. I think she’ll be an awesome president. My support of her has nothing to do with the fact that she’s a woman.
Until today. Today I thought back to what it meant to “go steady.” About how it was more special than just telling your friends you were dating someone. It was about showing off that I wore his name on a bracelet on my wrist. That I somehow counted more as girlfriend because of it. That I didn’t matter as much standing alone without the ID bracelet symbolizing that I was an appendage of his.
And now I know that another reason why I should vote for Hillary Clinton is because she is a woman. We have come to the point in the development of our society that a woman has the equal right to be President. She doesn’t need an ID bracelet to run for President.
She stands alone. And that is a powerful message for my daughters and granddaughters and my son and grandsons.
It’s about freedom and equality.
It matters that Hillary Clinton is a woman.