Chelsea’s Wedding “Most Important Thing” in Hillary’s Life Right Now July 5, 2010Posted by Onely in As If!.
Tags: glass ceiling, hillary clinton, marriage mythology, wedding insanity
Oh no she didn’t! Oh yes she did. According to BBC, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Polish television reporters that her daughter Chelsea’s wedding
Truly is the most important thing in my life right now.
Oh good, because that pesky Armenian-Azeri conflict was getting old.
Don’t worry, America–despite being on a whirlwind diplomatic mission to Eastern Europe, Clinton says she has “been able to fit in tastings and dress selections and all the other things the mother of the bride has to do”.
I would expect someone who put eighteen million cracks in the glass ceiling to be imaginative and open-minded about the meaning of a wedding, not to parrot traditional roles rooted in sexism and materialism.
And regardless of whether Chelsea’s ceremony is tacky or tasteful, it should still not be a priority for Clinton. She has a responsibility to the people of the U.S. and the world to prioritize her political obligations and power, for which she fought so hard and for which so many people supported her.
I realize we all have things in our lives to which we attribute unreasonable importance. For me, my persistent oily scalp often seems far more important and devastating than, say, Hezbollah‘s latest hijinks. But here’s the thing–I would never say so out loud. The fact that Clinton can get away with declaring the wedding to be a priority, in the midst of all the real madness going on in the world, reveals just how much our society idealizes marriage (especially the ceremony), places it on a pedestal, surrounds it with an (almost) impenetrable mystical aura, and generally accepts without question that it’s an overall awesome concept.
Even the BBC in effect puts flower arrangements on the same level as missile defense, without a trace of irony or self-consciousness:
She said her roles as the leading US diplomat and the bride’s mother were “serious, important and stressful”, but manageable thanks to e-mail.
Hillary, honey, I’m hoping that was an out-of-context misquote. Here’s the thing: your duties as the bride’s mother are not serious. They are not important. And they are only stressful because you have been culturized to believe that dresses and tastings are serious and important.
P.S. I suspect there will be trolls out there who come out of their holes and say that of course Hilary should prioritize “family over her job”. For those who would make that argument, I suggest you take off your conventionality hat and read the post again, more carefully.
Photo credit: Jay Cables