The First Woman and the First Man

Johanna Guerrero, Co-Editor-in-Chief

If various other countries have made women their presidents then what’s the real reason why America is intimidated by having a female president? People rise against a female president, claiming that she would be too distracted by her overwhelming emotion and her body’s monthly functions to work for the country, and that such a prominent role would intimidate her. If a woman can’t be president then we might as well stop women from going to college and driving cars. Won’t educated women be weakened to stand by men? Won’t the responsibility of being behind the wheel scare women? It’s not like having women on the road would deter our great drivers from driving as safely as they already do in Las Vegas. And I didn’t see a car drive over the lane divider the other day.

If we view women as equals, we can trust women, just as much as we expect any other person, to take over the wheel on their course of responsibilities. It’s time we accept women out on the campaign road towards presidency. The elephant in the room: whether you support her policies or not, decide your stance on Hillary Clinton一because of her policies not her gender.

Past presidents wouldn’t have received critique based on gender… so why now?”

Putting hands on ten and two, a president takes on a great role in driving the country, deciding on legislation and the country’s foreign affairs for the next four years, maybe eight if the people like them (at least if they are not impeached). Past presidents wouldn’t have received critique based on gender, of course not, Americans were not even thinking about women as presidents. So why now? The person who comes to mind in this presidential campaign, after everyone’s done with Trump memes, is Hillary Clinton.

This isn’t the first time Hillary has run for presidency, she first ran back in 2008 against Obama. Like the trend follows in history, Americans will deal with race before they deal with women. In 2008, people said similar slurs towards Barack Obama in his presidential campaign based on race. Fears arose from nationalistic people stuck to their pro-white hereditary historical roots, fearful that ‘the black man’ would take vengeance against natural born Americans because of past history. The people who voted for Obama in 2008 and voted for him again in 2012, although they did feel inspired to see a black president, they voted for Barack Obama because of his campaign policies and promise for change.

So now that the choice has come again will Americans decide to let a woman be America’s president? Don’t vote for Hillary Clinton. Vote for a woman. Not because she’s a woman. Perhaps you personally find her campaign policies to be terrible, that’s fine! Vote for the least worst of the options you have. But consider, in the future when some brave little girl from our time一after growing up watching Hillary一sets women down the campaign road again, look both ways in the street instead of crossing blindly.

Long past are we from placing women in solely mothering-type roles of nurture, and though women can be and are more than just mothers, women are different from men. No, I don’t mean how women are biologically the ‘weaker’ sex or any of that kind of social darwinist ideology. Women have been challenging gender roles for centuries. Women face struggles that are apart from the kind of struggles men face. The socio-political landscape has evolved much more quickly than before because of the internet and social media, where women and other minorities have been taking their voice onto the new stage. Based on America’s democratic ideals, it’s a democratic system we live in meant to be for all. We’ve moved past war heroes, to educated scholars, to the everyday man, and most recently a black man. A woman in the political office would bring, like every president before them, a new perspective. A woman, fighting not just for women, but as well as other minorities. A woman in the political office would bring that voice to a larger stage.

 

As it may happen in the future that a woman takes the wheel, who sits in her passenger seat? The first lady? (The further implications, who knows, if we can face then). But not a first lady. The first man? The first gentleman? The first dude we can conclude comes after the prelude of a female president to whom we hopefully respect with great gratitude? Not a first dude. Gentleman is the equivalent of lady, but colloquially a gentleman brings to mind not the man who would sit next to the wheel but the caller on the street waiting for the car. To call the president’s wife the first lady is an acceptable term because previously it was natural to expect a woman, and as the wife standing next to the man, to be less dominant; likely in turn, the president’s partner will be the first man, a term that preserves masculinity for the man who called shotgun because he didn’t take the wheel.