Feminism And The World Of The 2016 Election

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Feminism and Intersectionality are at the forefront of the 2016 election. While feminism is still viewed in somewhat limited terms of promoting the equality and status of women, Intersectionality is defined in much broader language, as the interconnection of race, gender, ability, and class in the social world. Moreover, all of these intersecting categories overlap and cannot be separated. Thus, the traditional view of feminism, that promotes the equality of women first and foremost, is often pitted against Intersectionality, that gives equal credence to other factors, such as race, economics, etc. These seemingly opposing views have never been more apparent than during the nomination for the 2016 Democratic candidate. The two nominees, Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, epitomize the changing views on feminism and the advent of Intersectionality. More specifically, Secretary Clinton is collecting votes from the traditional feminists, while Senator Bernie Sanders is viewed as the one and only candidate who supports the interests of Intersectionality. This has demonstrated a tremendous schism in the feminist movement and even positioned Clinton supporters against Sander’s followers. Moreover, it has also caused women to question the legitimacy of each other’s views of feminism, with claims that Hilary is the only viable candidate for a true feminist. However, this limited perspective blindly assumes that women are going to vote based solely on the sex of the candidate,
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