Why Feminism Is Wrong Essay Writing

False Choices

The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton

Edited by Liza Featherstone

“Intensely engrossing ... A damning portrait of both Clinton and American politics.” – Publisher's Weekly

Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of the most powerful women in world politics, and the irrational right-wing hatred of Clinton has fed her progressive appeal, helping turn her into a feminist icon. To get a woman in the White House, it’s thought, would be an achievement for all women everywhere, a kind of trickle-down feminism.

In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the mantle of feminist elect has descended on Hillary Clinton, as a thousand viral memes applaud her, and most mainstream feminist leaders, thinkers, and organizations endorse her. In this atmosphere, dissent seems tantamount to political betrayal.

In False Choices, an all-star lineup of feminists contests this simplistic reading of the candidate. A detailed look at Hillary Clinton’s track record on welfare, Wall Street, criminal justice, education, and war reveals that she has advanced laws and policies that have done real harm to the lives of women and children across the country and the globe. This well-researched collection of essays restores to feminism its revolutionary meaning, and outlines how it could transform the United States and its relation to the world.

Includes essays from prominent feminist writers Liza Featherstone, Laura Flanders, Moe Tkacik, Medea Benjamin, Frances Fox Piven and Fred Block, Donna Murch, Kathleen Geier, Yasmin Nair, Megan Erickson, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Catherine Liu, Amber A’Lee Frost, Margaret Corvid, Belén Fernández, Zillah Eisenstein, and others.



FAQ
This is a book critical of Hillary Clinton.

Is this book sexist?
No. The contributors are radical and feminist, and almost all are women. But sometimes even men write things about Hillary that are not sexist.

Aren’t you helping the Republicans?
Only if you think that even one person will read a book by a coven of leftwing feminists, find it convincing, and conclude that she should vote for one of those misogynistic reactionaries.

Isn’t this the wrong time?
No. It’s never too late or too soon to criticize someone who is about to become the most powerful individual on earth. If you think there’s ever a time to withhold comment on such a person, you might be an authoritarian.

Don’t you care about feminism?
Yes. That’s why we did this.

“This collection of essays deconstructs Hillary’s problematic history as a candidate who professes to be a feminist but whose policies have been pretty straight garbage for the nation’s vulnerable since the start.”

– Holly Wood, Medium

“A feminist critique of a feminist candidate…devastating.”

Kirkus Reviews

“This book isn't just a feminist indictment of Hillary Clinton...It's an indictment of a left that has failed to reckon with capitalism's dark side.”

– Amanda Erickson, Washington Post

“Intensely engrossing for Hillary Clinton’s left-wing opponents —and for left-leaning readers still on the fence…The powerfully critical essays reject the 'ruling class feminism' of Clinton in favor of a 'left feminism rooted in an understanding of women’s material conditions'…A damning portrait of both Clinton and American politics.”

Publisher's Weekly

“A refreshing read with a defiant tone [that] pulls no punches when it comes to the Clinton record, from the time she entered the corporate and political world up until her work as Obama's secretary of state…This book will give you the confidence to say: not in our name…The authors who contributed to False Choices provide us plenty of good company in the battles ahead.”

– Leia Petty, Socialist Worker

False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton is a good reminder of all of the ways, through a long political career, Clinton has valued power over justice…As False Choices makes clear, this election is not a progressive advancement, it is simply more of the same.”

– Jessa Crispin, The Smart Set

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192 pages / May 2016 / 9781784784614

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    The Beating Heart of Macronism

    If we can place any reasonable hope in the Macron presidency, it is that everything is going to become very, very obvious. Which is to say, odious like never before.

    Performances

    In any case, what sticks out amidst this mass vote is a feeling of absurdity. The absurdity of a mechanism that brings to power a man we know nothing about, and who has grounded his success precisely in his capacity to say nothing (the back cover of his book Révolution has not one line of text, but just a full page photo of Macron himself). The absurdity of a system that gives a crushing majority to such a man, in order to avoid a danger that is largely imaginary. Most of all, the absurdity of a focus on elections that we all feel have nothing to do with our lives, and which we all feel are playing out on a sort of flying carpet, above our heads.

Books

Short Fiction Print

  • GLAMOUR• The Big Selfie Debate
  • THE MINNESOTA REVIEW• Open Marriage
  • BARRELHOUSE• Q & A
  • BITCH• On Stereotypes: Carrying the Burden of Being Strong
  • PRAIRIE SCHOONER• The Year I Learned Everything
  • OXFORD AMERICAN• Group Fitness
  • LOS ANGELES REVIEW• Typical First Year Professor
  • WEST BRANCH• I Will Follow You
  • FREQUENCIES• See Me Feel Me Let Me Belong
  • NINTH LETTER• To Scratch, Grope, or Claw Clumsily or Frantically
  • MID AMERICAN REVIEW• Sentimental Lies, Marvelous Creatures, Stiff Creams and Veloutes
  • VIRGINIA QUARTERLY REVIEW• Bad Feminist
  • AMERICAN SHORT FICTION• We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness
  • KUGELMASS• The Art of the Rejection of Rejection
  • THE PINCH• Sweet on the Tongue
  • THE NORMAL SCHOOL• Glades People and Critical Mass
  • NOON• A Pat
  • ANOBIUM 2• Handsome Men Who Love Ugly Women
  • VERSAL 10• Who We Are Beneath the Glass
  • INDIANA REVIEW• How to Write a Love Story
  • WILLOW SPRINGS• Through the Womb
  • PASSAGES NORTH• The Nature of Living Things
  • CREAM CITY REVIEW• We Are All So Happy Now
  • HOBART 12• North Country
  • HEAVY FEATHER REVIEW• How All Things Rot
  • THE CHATTAHOOCHEE REVIEW• More Hers Than His
  • BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW 37.2• Strange Gods
  • QUICK FICTION• Voodoo Child
  • UNCANNY VALLEY• Bare-chested Men in Public Make Me Uncomfortable
  • ANNALEMMA 7• Five Pieces of a Broken Heart
  • AVERY ANTHOLOGY• Lucy Lives in a World of Infinite Possibility
  • LIFTED BROW• The World Around Us: Alexander’s Steakhouse
  • SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW• Around Her Neck, the Weight of Stones
  • A CAPPELLA ZOO• Requiem for a Glass Heart
  • ANNALEMMA 6• How
  • ARTIFICE• Contrapasso
  • BIG MUDDY• Baby Arm
  • BROKEN PLATE, THE• Technicolor Girl
  • EMERSON REVIEW• Perfect Teeth Make a Pretty Smile
  • GARGOYLE 56• How the Girl in the Glass Sheds Her Skin
  • MIDWESTERN GOTHIC 1• Down to Bone
  • MID-AMERICAN REVIEW 31.1• Review, American Amen by Gary McDowell
  • MID-AMERICAN REVIEW 30• Down to Bone
  • MONKEYBICYCLE 7• The Weight of Water
  • PEAR NOIR!• In the Event of My Father’s Death
  • SENTENTIA• Ever. Happily. After
  • THUNDERCLAP• The Why of Everything, Everything, Everything
  • TRNSFR #4• The Harder They Come
  • WEAVE NO. 3• Cheap, Fast, Filling
  • WRONG TREE REVIEW• Other Blood

Selected Short Fiction Online

  • ANNALEMMA• Pilgrims
  • ATTICUS REVIEW• GLASS
  • ATTICUS REVIEW• I Did Not Marry for Love
  • ATTICUS REVIEW• The Good Wife
  • BARCELONA REVIEW• What They Say About Happily Ever After (Novel Excerpt)
  • BARRELHOUSE• Best Features
  • BEAT THE DUST• Come Find Save Get Me (Novel Excerpt)
  • BOOTH• Winesburg, Indiana: Tara Jenkins
  • BLIP (FORMERLY THE MISSISSIPPI REVIEW ONLINE)• Baby Arm
  • CARIBBEAN REVIEW OF BOOKS, THE• Lacrimosa
  • CATALONIAN REVIEW, THE• Procedural
  • COBALT REVIEW• Something Sweet For Someone Good To Hold Onto
  • COLLAGIST, THE• La Negra Blanca
  • CORIUM• Inner Geographies
  • DECOMP• Motherfuckers
  • DARK SKY MAGAZINE• We Are Magnificent
  • DIAGRAM• Little Babies
  • DOGZPLOT• What Long Legs Mean
  • EMPRISE REVIEW• The Small Tragedies of Children
  • EVERYDAY GENIUS• Boys in Drag
  • FIDDLEBACK, THE• In the Dark of Day and Light of Night I Am Your Bright Shining Star
  • FOUNDLING REVIEW, THE• We Didn’t Mind The Fire And We Watched While It All Burned
  • FRIGG• Law & Order: The Complete Series
  • FRIGG• Very Lovely Ending
  • FRINGE• Begin Chest Compressions
  • FWRICTION REVIEW• Girls With Eating Disorders
  • GOOD MEN PROJECT• Knife Man
  • GUERNICA• There is No E in Zombi Which Means There Can Be No You Or Me
  • HOBART• Brief Encounters With Famous Men, Famous Women, Fictional Men
  • HOBART• Fathers, Sons, Acorns, Oak Trees
  • IN DIGEST• Dead Baby Stories
  • JMWW• His Name Is
  • JOYLAND• Break All the Way Down
  • JOYLAND• For the Benefit of Others
  • KNEE JERK• Gravity at the End of the World
    Notable Story, 2009 Million Writers Award
  • KILL AUTHOR• Important Things to Know About Career Girls
  • KILL AUTHOR• Used People
  • LITERARIAN, THE• I Am a Knife
  • MATTER PRESS• We’re Going to Vacation on a Yacht in the Middle of a Deep Blue Ocean
  • MCSWEENEY’S INTERNET TENDENCY• I’m Going to Cook a Quiche in My Easy Bake Oven and You Are Going to Like It
  • MELVILLE HOUSE• John F Kennedy (Be a Good Boy)
  • MONKEYBICYCLE• Notes on Motorized Carts
  • MUD LUSCIOUS• Other Sisters
    Nominated for the Micro Award
  • NECESSARY FICTION• Things I Know About Fairy Tales
    Notable Story, 2009 Million Writers Award
  • NIGHT TRAIN• Mark of Cain
    Nominated for the 2010 Million Writers Award
  • NIGHT TRAIN• The Shape of My Mouth
  • NORTHVILLE REVIEW, THE• Girls at the Bar
  • NORTHVILLE REVIEW, THE• I Want to Sit Courtside at a Lakers Game
  • NORTHVILLE REVIEW, THE• Queries Involving Tyler Perry, Difficult Decisions and Two Skanks
  • PINDELDYBOZ• Between Things
    Notable Story, 2009 Million Writers Award
  • RED LIGHTBULBS• The Dissection of the Human Heart
  • REFLECTION’S EDGE• The Mistress of Baby Breath
  • REPRINT, THE• Contrapasso
  • REPRINT, THE• How
  • RICK MAGAZINE (FORMERLY THE MISSISSIPPI REVIEW ONLINE)• Baby Arm
  • SAWMILL, THE• Before Death Comes Honesty
  • SPORK• Do You Have a Place For Me?
    Nominated for Dzanc’s Best of the Web
    Notable Story, 2010 Million Writers Award
    Top Ten Story Million Writers Award
  • SPORK• La Lonchera
  • STACCATO FICTION• Ways in Which Looks Deceive
  • STOKED• How the Girl in Glass Sheds Her Skin
  • STORYGLOSSIA• Bad Priest
  • STORYGLOSSIA• We Do Not Speak of Graceful Things
  • STORYVILLE• In the Manner of Water or Light
  • STYMIE MAGAZINE• Just Be Nice
  • SX SALON• What After Looks Like
  • J. ECKLEBURG REVIEW• The Weight of a Heart in the Palm of My Hand
  • TARPAULIN SKY• You Never Knew How Waters Ran So Cruel So Deep
  • TREEHOUSE• Girl/Box
  • TWELVE STORIES• This Program Contains Actual Surgical Procedures
    Notable Story, 2009 Million Writers Award
    Top Ten Story, 2009 Million Writers Award
  • TWO SERIOUS LADIES• Lucy Lives in a World of Infinite Possibility
  • USED FURNITURE REVIEW• Beautiful Babettte, the Wandering Nymphette
  • USED FURNITURE REVIEW• The Myth of Fingerprints
  • WAG’S REVUE• Satellite, Rain
  • WIGLEAF• Apocalypse Story
  • WIGLEAF• Dear Wigleaf
  • WIGLEAF• Dear Wigleaf
  • WIGLEAF• Dear Wigleaf
  • WIGLEAF• How it Is
  • WIGLEAF• I Know Things About the Girls Next Door
  • WIGLEAF• The Widow Takes Her Coffee Black
  • WIGLEAF• When I Am Fifteen, I Will Not Fall In Love
  • WIGLEAF• The Anatomy of a Good Woman
  • WORD RIOT• Bone Density
    Notable Story, 2009 Million Writers Award
  • WUFNIKS• They Shall Know Holy Places
  • YOU MUST BE THIS TALL TO RIDE• Perfect Like Normal We Practice

Essays, Reviews, and Interviews

In addition to my contributions at HTMLGIANT:

  • THE AESTHETE• Lone Star
  • AMERICAN PROSPECT• Food TV’s Sadistic Glee
  • AMERICAN PROSPECT• Last Day of a Young Black Man
  • BARNES & NOBLE• The Charge to Be Fair: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay in Conversation
  • BOOKFORUM• An Interview with Laird Hunt
  • BOOKFORUM• Wise Crack: James Hannaham gives a new voice to addiction
  • BOOKFORUM• An Interview with Meg Wolitzer
  • BOOKFORUM• Review: Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May
  • BOOKFORUM• Review: You Are One of Them by Elliott Holt
  • BOOKSLUT• An Interview With Tayari Jones
  • BOOKSLUT• An Interview With Dawn Tripp
  • BOOKSLUT• Garish, Glorious, Spectacles
  • BOOKSLUT• I Once Was Miss America
  • BOOKSLUT• Reaching for Catharsis: Getting Fat Right (or Wrong) In Diana Spechler’s Skinny
  • BOOKSLUT• We Must All Be So Strong
  • BREVITY• There Are Distances Between Us
    Nominated for a Pushcart Prize
  • BUZZFEED• Identity Thief and the Narrow Road For Overweight Actresses
  • BUZZFEED• Not Here to Make Friends
  • BUZZFEED• Surviving Django
  • BUZZFEED• The Answers We Look For in War Literature
  • THE COMMON• The Super Museum
  • THE DAILY BEAST• The Modern Lolita: A Conversation with Alissa Nutting
  • THE DAILY BEAST• The Werewolf Novel as Post-9/11 Allegory?
  • DEFUNCT• May Your Hair Mark the Path Behind You
  • DIODE• Review: Heavy Petting by Gregory Sherl
  • ELLE• Roxane Gay: Getting Dumped on Valentine’s Day Was ‘For the Best’
  • FLYWHEEL MAGAZINE• L’Epee de Damocles (Vehicular Manslaughter
  • FULL STOP• Review: With the Animals
  • FREERANGE NONFICTION• Once I Was Pretty
  • THE GUARDIANGod Help the Child by Toni Morrison Review – ‘Incredibly Powerful’
  • THE GUARDIAN• Indiana is not protecting religious freedom but outright zealotry
  • THE GUARDIAN• I am giving up hating Valentine’s Day. Celebrating love is a beautiful thing
  • THE GUARDIAN• Beyoncé’s Control of Her Own Image Belies hooks ‘Slave’ Critique
  • THE HAIRPIN• Adventures with UPS Man
  • LUNA PARK REVIEW• I Don’t Know How to Write About Race
  • MORNING NEWS, THE• Tournament of Books Quarterfinals, The Goldfinch vs People in the Trees
  • NATION, THE• Broader, Better Literary Conversations
  • NATION, THE• A Conversation with Kiese Laymon
  • NATION, THE• A Literature of Her Own: Patricia Engel’s It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris
  • NATION, THE• Reading the Stakes in Syria
  • NATION, THE• Rising Above the Failure of Imagination
  • NATION, THE• Strange Lands
  • NATION, THE• Urgent, Unheard Stories
  • NEW YORK DAILY NEWS• Why The Help is Hopeless
  • NEW YORK• Reality Rumble Round Two: ANTM versus Idol Seasons 2
  • NEW YORK• The Ten Best Books About Modern Virgins
  • NEW YORK• Where Are the Movies About Non-Suffering Black People?
  • NEW YORK TIMES• Of Lions and Men: Mourning Samuel DuBose and Cecil the Lion
  • NEW YORK TIMES• On the Death of Sandra Bland and Our Vulnerable Bodies
  • NEW YORK TIMES• Why I Can’t Forgive Dylann Roof
  • NEW YORK TIMES• Why the Beach Is a Bummer
  • NEW YORK TIMES• The Marriage Plot
  • NEW YORK TIMES• Review, Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  • NEW YORK TIMES• Review, The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson
  • NEW YORK TIMES• Review, Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
  • NPR• A Compelling Plot Gives Way To Farce In Franzen’s Purity
  • NPR CODE SWITCH• Why I Can’t Forgive Dylann Roof
  • RELUCTANT HABITS• Roundtable Discussion of Dana Spiotta’s Stone Arabia
  • RUMPUS, THE• The Alienable Rights of Women
  • RUMPUS, THE• Beyond the Measure of Men
  • RUMPUS, THE• The Careless Language of Sexual Violence
  • RUMPUS, THE• Dear Young Ladies Who Love Chris Brown So Much They Are Willing To Let Him Beat Them:
  • RUMPUS, THE• Eleven
  • RUMPUS, THE• Girls Girls Girls
  • RUMPUS, THE• How a Wound Heals
  • RUMPUS, THE• How We All Lose
  • RUMPUS, THE• An Interview with Blake Butler
  • RUMPUS, THE• An Interview with Jim Gavin
  • RUMPUS, THE• An Interview with Julianna Baggott
  • RUMPUS, THE• The Last Book I Loved: This is Not Your City by Caitlin Horrocks
  • RUMPUS, THE• Peculiar Benefits
  • RUMPUS, THE• A Play About Post-Racial America in Seven Acts
  • RUMPUS, THE• A Play About the Men at My Gym in Five Acts
  • RUMPUS, THE• A Place Where We Are Everything
  • RUMPUS, THE• The Politics of Entitlement
  • RUMPUS, THE• Reading Roundup, Fall 2012
  • RUMPUS, THE• Resolved: A Year of Great(er) Expectations
  • RUMPUS, THE• The Safety of Illusion/The Illusion of Safety
  • RUMPUS, THE• The Solace of Preparing Fried Foods and Other Quaint Remembrances from 1960s Mississippi: Thoughts on The Help
  • RUMPUS, THE• Spit and Mud
  • RUMPUS, THE• Still With the Scarlet Letters
  • RUMPUS, THE• A Tale of Three Coming Out Stories
  • RUMPUS, THE• Toward a More Complete Measure of Excellence
  • RUMPUS, THE• Call. Compassion. Response.
  • RUMPUS, THE• The Trouble With Prince Charming or He Who Trespassed Against Us
  • RUMPUS, THE• We Are Many, We Are Everywhere
  • RUMPUS, THE• What We Hunger For
  • RUMPUS, THE• Where I Write: A Cabin on the Lakefront
  • RUMPUS, THE• The Whole World, Opened Up
  • SALON• 41 Books David Gilmour Should Read
  • SALON• The Anger of the Male Novelist
  • SALON• The Bar for TV Diversity is Way Too Low
  • SALON• Celebrity Apologies are Meaningless
  • SALON• Compartmentalizing Woody Allen
  • SALON• Counting Women Matters
  • SALON• Daniel Tosh and Rape Jokes: Still Not Funny
  • SALON• Franzen Doesn’t Get Twitter
  • SALONGame of Thrones and the Glamorization of Rape
  • SALON• George Zimmerman and American’s Problem with Heroism
  • SALON• How America Profiled Trayvon Martin and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
  • SALON• How Black Girls Die in America
  • SALON• The Importance of Feeling Seen
  • SALON• Interview, Claire Vaye Watkins
  • SALON• Interview, Dick Wolf
  • SALON• Is Obama Failing the Black Community?
  • SALON• Jezebel’s Lena Dunham Mistake
  • SALON• Jonah Lehrer Throws It All Away
  • SALON• Justine Sacco’s Aftermath: The Cost of Twitter Outrage
  • SALON• The Media’s Michelle Obama Problem
  • SALON• Michele Obama, Feminist Nightmare? How Lazy Journalism Hurts Feminism
  • SALON• Miley Cyrus Doesn’t Need Your Open Letters
  • SALON• Paula Deen’s Racism Isn’t Shocking At All
  • SALON• The Power of Communal Grief
  • SALON• Racism Is Every American’s Problem
  • SALON• Sick Culture Cheers Sandusky Verdict
  • SALON• Sorry, the Patriarchy Isn’t Dead
  • SALON• Twitter Isn’t Killing Books
  • SALON• The Way We Talk About Sexual Assault is Broken
  • SALON• We’ve Made Monsters of Ourselves
  • SALON• What Men Want, America Delivers
  • SALON• When No One Said Anything
  • SALON• When Twitter Does What Journalism Can’t
  • SALON• Why America Needs Twitter Outrage
  • SALON• Why We Read The New York Times Wealth Porn
  • SALON• Women Know More Than Just Love and Sex
  • SALON• Woody Allen Is Just The Beginning: Why We Can’t Hide From the Truth Anymore
  • SLATE• The Trouble with ‘Women You Should Be Reading Now’ Lists
  • THOUGHT CATALOG• A Brief Retrospective of the Pine-Sol Lady
  • TIME• Leslie Jones Uses Slavery to Make a Point About Being Black and Beautiful
  • TIN HOUSE• A Literary Flyover
  • TIN HOUSE• Wants and Needs, A Conversation with Ben Schrank
  • THE TOAST• Not So Guilty Pleasures: The Fast and the Furious
  • VQR• The Price of Black Ambition
  • VULTURE• Roxane Gay Talks to Lena Dunham About Her New Book, Feminism, and the Benefits of Being Criticized Online
  • XOJANE• My Body is Wildly Undisciplined
  • XOJANE• What Becomes of the Dream
  • THE WALL STREET JOURNAL• Is Love (Color) Blind?
  • THE WALL STREET JOURNAL• One Step Forward, One Step Back

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