A Q&A With Babes For Hillary!
It is my great pleasure to share this very special Q & A with you! I spoke with 11 of New York's most dedicated and new Babes for Hillary members at our last meet up at Home/Made in Brooklyn, and this is what they said, enjoy!
Kristen Blush: What is your favorite thing to discus with uncommitted voters about Hillary Clinton? Have you convinced anyone to cast their ballot for Hillary?
Rebecca Kabat: "I love talking to undecided voters about actual issues. Yes, there are a million reasons someone should not vote for Trump, but I prefer to stay positive and focus on why I believe not just in voting against Trump but in voting FOR Hillary. I try to allow the voter to steer the conversation to get a feel for what he or she cares most about. I've had wonderful and respectful conversations recently regarding reproductive health, equality, sensible gun control laws, refugees, the Iran deal, and ObamaCare. I specifically love sharing Hillary's extensive work fighting for women and children, her bipartisan work in the Senate (#StrongerTogether), and the respect she has from world leaders. Most of the people I know are already decided but I did have a number of Republicans message me the night Trump won the nomination to tell me that for the first time they'd be voting for a Democrat."
KB: Hillary’s women’s rights and opportunity platform has taken the limelight this election year. Her platform includes her support for Planned Parenthood, equal pay, paid family leave, and on and on.... Do you believe there is a long lasting message being made in support of women’s rights for future generations?
Caileigh Scott: "One of my favorite moments of Hillary Clinton's public life thus far is from 1995 when, on the world stage in Beijing, she declared: "Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights, once and for all." The expansion of global women's rights could be considered her life's work, and I think this election cycle has shown how vital it is to invest in women, to value the contributions of women, and to make sure all women in this world have access to healthcare, education, and recognition as full and equal human beings under their nation's law. I fully believe that Hillary Clinton is now, has always, and will continue to make the world a better place for everyone, especially women and girls."
KB: Was there a specific moment that you were able to interact with Hillary? What was this experience like?
Ella Frederick: "The first time I had opportunity to speak with Hillary I was with my children. She is delighted by children. Children don't vote and still she gave them so much time and attention. My son Ray jumped up on a riser to reach out and put his hand on her heart. Ray said, "I'm putting my heart in your heart." Hillary and I went silent and marveled in the quiet moment. Hillary knows that investing in our children makes us a strong nation. She is proposing doubling the child tax credit. Hillary knows that it takes a village to raise a child and she proposes universal childcare leave and a plan to keep childcare costs under 10% of a family's income. After our quiet moment she said, "let's take a selfie.""
KB: Hillary is a huge advocate for LGBTQ rights including fighting for an AIDS-Free generation, and challenging LGBTQ rights on a global level. What does this mean to you?
Josh O'Sullivan: "As a millennial, a gay man, and an employee of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, I cannot stress enough how important it is to elect a president who not only acknowledges the HIV and AIDS epidemic, but also one who has a plan to fight the epidemic. For too long AIDS was ignored by those in power, and, as a result, the communities most affected by HIV and AIDS (the LGBT+ communities) have suffered greatly. We are still suffering, we are still dying, and the numbers of HIV incidence, especially among men who have sex with men (MSM), and young MSM of color, continue to increase every year. The epidemic is not over, and in some cases it is getting worse. That is why it is critical that we elect a president who is not only an advocate for LGBT+ rights, but also, and just as import, a president who will fight for an AIDS-free generation; I am confident that Hillary Clinton is that president."
KB: Hillary Clinton is committed to promoting animal welfare and protecting animals from cruelty and abuse. This includes protecting farm animals from inhumane treatment. Do you believe this has as to do with keeping Americans safe as well as keeping our animals safe? How important is this to you?
Tina Duryea: "As an animal lover, Secretary Clinton's position on Animal Welfare is something I am very proud of. Not only is animal welfare a moral issue, but it is also an issue that effects our health and the environment. Her commitment to furthering the well being of American Animals speaks well of her character and the future of our country. After all, did not Gandhi say, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
KB: Does Hillary’s campaign slogan “Love Trumps Hate” resonate with you? Was there a moment in your life where you found this to be true?
Angelina: "I think we benefit tremendously—both as individuals and as a society—when we encounter difference and explore it with open hearts and minds. "Love Trumps Hate" speaks to the core of that benefit. Life is too short to be spent putting others down. I try to keep this message front-of-mind when I'm in situations that encourage women to be competitive with one another or make it easy to classify people who are different from you as somehow lesser or threatening. And when I've been the object of hate, treating my aggressors with love and kindness has been the most potent and effective antidote."
KB: Babes For Hillary has a slogan of our own: “The Revolution Is Female.” What does this statement mean to you?
Sung Park: "Gender inequality is so ingrained in the status quo that it takes a revolution (in this case I'd define that as a dramatic and far-reaching change) to challenge it. There has never been such a blatant or extreme example of gender inequality in US political history as this campaign, and I think for many people (including myself), it's made us inspect our own preconceptions around gender. In the end I think it's critical for Americans to not only vote against Trump, but to also understand who and what they are voting for when they cast their ballot for Hillary. And if they decide not to vote for Hillary, at least do so after you have considered the facts and the candidates qualifications, and question if perhaps your own preconceptions around gender norms are influencing a decision that will have far reaching effects on our economy and culture for years to come."
KB: Who is your favorite celebrity endorsement for Hillary Clinton? Why?
Alexis Quinlan: "My favorite endorsement is that of Gloria Steinem. She has been a wonderful support for Hillary even though she has had to step back a bit and was shamed for talking about how Bernie grabbed the “cool boys” which attracted the girls. Which is of course true! Her chapter on Hillary-hating in her last book, My Life on the Road, completely deconstructs the insanity and confusion about Hillary Clinton, her power and her charisma. And, as Gloria said back in 2008, “There is still no ‘right’ way to be a woman in public power without being considered a you-know-what.” I'm definitely a bitch for Hillary, just like Gloria."
KB: Did you attend a rally or fundraiser for Hillary that inspired you to become more involved? What did you do and what was your experience?
Shannon Truax: "One of the coolest experiences in my life was to see Hillary accept the New York win on Primary Day! I was already on cloud nine, having grabbed my Chanel tweed jacket, Hillary buttons, and beaded Moyna flag bag and headed to the polls with my sister to personally vote for our first female president. But when Kristen suggested we try to get into The Sheridan in Times Sq, I got really excited. News crews were surrounding the place, and as we passed through the metal detectors, I thought in anticipation that Hillary would be there. And she was!! As Kris and I maintained our spots on the bleachers, Hillary made her way to the podium to accept her New York victory!! The room was uncontrollably loud, goosebumps covered my body, and I cried with my sister, experiencing something incredibly rare and special. It's something that I will remember for as long as I live, and it will continue to be an experience of a lifetime. As the night wrapped, and everybody cleared out, Bill Clinton saw Kristen, recognized her, and gave her a big thumbs up. We cried again!
Since that momentous experience, I have personally made it a point to be loud and proud for my Hillary support. I'm posting, vocalizing, and wearing clothes that show who I'm voting for. I've become a Babe for Hillary, hosted a debate party, and donated to the campaign. I can't wait to cast my vote for Hillary on November 8th!"
KB: Hillary believes that weapons of war have no place on our streets. She wants to expand background checks and keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and the severely mentally ill. How strongly do you agree with her on this issue? Why?
Kristin Fraidenburgh: "I feel very strongly about the gun control issue. There are very few reasons that someone needs a gun. Guns are deadly in anyone's hand and I don't think most people are responsible enough or have the mental stability to handle a gun. Guns give people the false sense of power and security and I think that our society is much less safe the the amount of guns in circulation. I agree with more regulation of guns, expanded back ground checks, efforts to get illegal guns off the streets, banning of assault weapons, etc."
KB: Do you believe that using Trump’s excuse “just locker room talk” will over-shadow the true message behind what was said? What is locker room talk, anyway?
Jennifer Houston: Do I personally think it has over shadowed the true message behind what was said? Absolutely not. Do I buy the “it was just one occasion where I was provoked to talk locker room talk with another dude” story? Absolutely not. This personality revelation (NOT a revelation to many of us) is completely akin to the person who gets caught using derogatory words to describe large groups of non-white Americans then tries to back-pedal that they were just 'being funny'. No. You were not just trying to be funny, in fact, you’ve just been caught being your true self. At your core, if you talk like that, refer to other people who are different than you in that vernacular, time and time again, it’s safe to say you are a racist. Especially true if there are multiple examples of these “funny” episodes. We all know someone who is a racist. Maybe we have them in our own family, but we know, unequivocally that they are in fact, racist. If any other candidate were caught speaking this way, he would immediately be labeled as racist. It wouldn’t even be a question.
Now, we have multiple examples of how Donald Trump has acted like the power gobbling, pussy grabbing, tic-tac munching, super creep that he is, and somehow all these examples, and even the words from his very own mouth aren’t enough to convict him of being sexist, never mind a sexual criminal, or merely a pervert. The allowances made for him by the media and his super creep friends in power let us know just how pervasive this idea that women are merely objects to toy with really is. Donald Trump is a wolf, and not even trying to hide in sheep’s clothing. I’ve known other "Donald Trumps" too…some of them are in prison now for sexual crimes.
KB: Have you learned anything new about Hillary this year that has further solidified your vote for her? What was it and why was this impactful?
Suzie McMillen: "I am a longtime Hillary supporter, even before she announced her first candidacy in 2008. I greatly admire her drive and tenacity and her willingness to advocate on behalf of women and children who may otherwise not have a voice on the national stage.
I truly enjoyed campaigning for her this year and although it seems that we've heard everything, good and not so good, about Hillary, she continues to reveal her true self on her own terms, with the confidence that we'll get it. Watching her navigate the political minefield on her way to becoming America's first female president has reinforced for me how steady, resilient and competent she is and why I'm ready for her to be my Commander in Chief.
It's unfortunate that, during this campaign, she has had to endure such egregious sexual and workplace harassment that would not (should not) be tolerated anywhere. Yet, the blatant sexism leveled against Secretary Clinton at political rallies and on social media, is discussed in the media and elsewhere in the casual tone of "oh well, what do you expect? ...she knows what she was getting into... but don't worry she can handle it..." This behavior is disgusting, inappropriate and in some cases downright criminal and should be shut down wherever it's raised.
I saw a comment posted on a blog by a guy who supports Hillary, praising her as "American Steel" for her ability to withstand the worst that has been thrown at her over the last thirty years while in service to our country. While he obviously meant this as a compliment, he should be aware that women should not have to "steel" themselves against sexist bullying and misogyny as a means of getting ahead. America assumes the position of "the greatest country in the world" and yet we seemingly excuse, condone and reward the worst actions displayed by the most powerful amongst us in sports, business, entertainment and politics. We must change. We are Americans. We are capable of doing better. Hillary is not "American Steel". She is a brilliant, capable, strong yet vulnerable WOMAN, seeking the highest office in the country, to be trusted as the leader of the free world, while exercising grace under pressure. She deserves our respect, whether or not we disagree with her policies. I'm greatly looking forward to voting on November 8 and hanging with the fab "Babes For Hillary" team to cheer her on and celebrate on election night!"
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