Today, one day after the 14th Anniversary of 9/11/01, I am officially kicking off a new grassroots initiative called HILLARY’S AUXILIARY.

I have actually been thinking about this for quite some time now, but I was absorbed by a million different “little things” (both personal & professional), so I never quite got to it…

Today, however, I read Michelle Goldberg’s article in The Nation and I got really, really pissed:

Pissed about threats to shut-down the USA government in an attempt to deny all funding to Planned Parenthood;

Pissed about the continuing blather about the Faux eMailgate Pseudo-Controversy (Am I the only one who remembers how many millions of USA tax payer $$ were wasted on Watergate??? And now you are telling me that we are going to waste even more USA tax payer $$ on Faux eMailgate???”);

Pissed about all the stupid things that have happened in the name of “American Exceptionalism” since 9/11/01 (a tragic event which from my POV has been ruthlessly exploited by war profiteers like Blackwater, gun fanatics like the NRA, and politicians–primarily Republican politicians–who have gamed the system with their rollbacks of voting rights);

Pissed about how Hollywood has created and now relentlessly markets a “superhero” fantasy world which pickles the brains of men and destroys the self-esteem of women.

Well, anyway, I finally reached my limit when I read these words in Michelle Goldberg’s article:

“The controversy over her e-mail server—a story full of boring technicalities, in which no proof of wrongdoing has emerged—is just a proxy for a deeper dislike. And that dislike is highly gendered. As The Washington Post reports, a new Quinnipiac poll shows her getting swamped among Democratic men: ‘She trails among them 48-29, while leading among women by a similar margin, 49-35.’”

I’m tired of just being pissed and I’m ready to engage on behalf of my candidate. If you are pissed too, then I urge you to join me in a new grassroots initiative called HILLARY’S AUXILIARY.

How? Just start using the alliterative catchphrase HILLARY’S AUXILIARY, and if you like, you can link back to this post or today’s earlier HRC ’92 post (which explains when, where & how I first began to describe myself as a member of HILLARY’S AUXILIARY).

WE CAN DO IT!!! Do I believe that? Yes, I do 🙂

All HillaryWear on this page is by Tara Thralls.

Note: One of my old college buddies–and a current Facebook friend–has just pointed out to me that the imagery we now associate with “Rosie the Riveter” has a Westinghouse logo on it, and was originally intended as an anti-union poster (not a message about female empowerment).

I didn’t know this and I am glad to have it pointed out to me–yup, the Westinghouse logo is definitely there–however being the good “movie person” that I am, I will give the final word on this subject to John Ford:

When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

Meaning?  Whatever Westinghouse may have intended way back when, Rosie now a much-loved and totally Feminist Icon 🙂

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Jan Lisa Huttner is a Brooklyn-based arts critic & feminist activist. She is the creative force behind the SWAN Movement—Support Women Artists Now—which has just begun its third phase as International SWANs® (aka iSWANs). In the Jewish world, Jan is best known as the author of two books on Fiddler on the Roof—Tevye’s Daughters and Diamond Fiddler—both of which flow from a strongly feminist POV. She also served as both story consultant and “talking head” on the award-winning documentary Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.
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