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False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Hillary Clinton presents her campaign for the presidency and her long career in public life as a triumph of feminism. But an all-star lineup of American feminists here says, "It's not that simple." In a history of proposals and policies on welfare, Wall Street, crime and policing, immigration, international health, and war, Clinton has advanced ideas and laws that have act ...more
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Published May 17th 2016 by Verso
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Jason Gordon
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great set of essays criticizing Hillary from the left. The book is quite accessible and paces very well. The essays on mass incarceration pulls no punches on Hillary -- who not only doesn't give a shit about black lives, but has strengthened and legitimated the state's 'moderate' brand of white supremacy. The book is quite sparse on Hillary's foreign policy record. To give an obvious example, there are 9 essays pertaining to her domestic record and 4 essays that talk about her foreign policy. ...more
Ana Yarí
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Overall, it's a very strong analysis and not all essays are equally strong, the book as a whole really works. The point to me was looking at Hillary Clinton's feminism through intersectional and internationalism lenses. If we're going to praise Clinton as a feminist champion, and her campaign as a feminist victory, we also need to be critical and hold it up to scrutiny. I definitely recommend reading, especially if you want a fair and well balanced analysis (as opposed the kind of work that is p ...more
Carol
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
An invaluable resource during this disheartening period of presidential electioneering. With authors ranging from Frances Fox Piven to Medea Benjamin, Donna Murch and other truly feminist and discerning thinkers and doers, these essays serve as an essential examination of Hilary Clinton's "feminism" and the degradation of what feminism has come to mean in our sadly degraded politics. Essential reading for anyone who takes informed decision making seriously. I learned a lot.
Domhnall
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thirteen succinct and well presented (some even quite humorous) essays by different feminist writers. All have the ring of a collection of speeches by Cato the Elder, a Roman senator who ended any speech on any topic with the refrain “Furthermore, Carthage must be destroyed.” In this case, the brief version would be to say that no matter which way you look at Hillary Clinton’s exceptionally prolonged record as a senior figure in American politics, she is no feminist.

In the forthcoming president
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Rama
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
Road to the White House

Feminism is largely used as a tool by the Democratic Party to promote its own interest. It is the focus group sculpted political package justifying their exploitation of people; racial minorities, women, middle class, abortion issue, immigration policies, and the whole enchiladas. No one is more qualified to exploit the system than Clintons. When Bill Clinton’s tenure as president ended, Hillary swapped roles seamlessly. They parlayed decades of public service into a fort
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Abra
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A friend (hi, Sara S.!) mentioned this collection of essays on Facebook, and I told my fifteen year old niece about it, who (like three generations of our family) was a strong Bernie supporter before he (inevitably) caved to endorse Hillary. We started reading it in tandem, and having finished a bit before her (she's gotten into Christian Parenti's Lockdown America, a very good book on the prison-industrial complex, if that's what it's still being called by the youngsters these days -- possibly ...more
Brad
In summary: "Hillary is effectively Reagan"
Leonard Pierce
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
I woke up this morning to have my vacation spoiled by lots of social media chatter about what a terrible job the American media, and in particular Matt Lauer (who is, I suppose, technically a journalist), did of handling Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump last night. Lauer was selected, by virtue of his familiarity to audiences, to speak to both presidential candidates at something called the “Commander-in-Chief Forum”, the very name of which suggests the degree of seriousness with which it should ...more
Steffi
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
And with that I end my 2016 crusade against Hillary Rodham Clinton. Great read for my faux feminist friends. Good primer on feminism and economic justice and feminist politics critical of capitalist, warmongering, punitive policies. The 14 or so essays (some better than others) cover Clinton's disastrous domestic policy track record (neoliberal welfare and labour market reform, reproductive rights, carceral feminism etc) as well as well documented imperialist and very non-feminist foreign policy ...more
Brandon Prince
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good collection of essays detailing Hillary Clinton's role in defining American neoliberal politics and modern U.S. military aggression. The authors take to task a feminism that would like to conveniently overlook (or relativize) this legacy: a history that amounts to a generation of domestic and international policies that have brought unspeakable misery and suffering to millions. At a time when criticism of Clinton from the left is being silenced and shamed; when people are being told to shut ...more
Kristína
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminism-gender
I had counted the lack of constructive and nuanced debate of the discourses on Hillary Clinton in feminist circles (a not too small social media bubble of activists, GS graduates and political scientists) among a handful of 2016 unresolved personal and political grievances. Liza Featherstone, I applaud your efforts.

The essays are interesting and in many instances insightful. In the end, however, 'Hillary and feminism' would have deserved a bit more of a nuanced treatment. Authors often trail off
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Warren
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, 2017
Finally I have a list of ways to hate Hillary without being my usual sexist self
Joey
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Hillary Clinton's brand of feminism - power feminism, imperial feminism, white ruling-class feminism - is not the answer to this moment of crisis. And the answer must be about so much more than gender. Anti-imperial feminism must engage the multiple and complex identities of gender - racial, class, sexual, age, ability, trans, and national.
But imperial feminism props up the structural misogyny of empire even while critiquing discrimination toward women. A woman without an inclusive anti-racist,
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William
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of False Choices is simple: the policies and politics of Hillary Clinton fails women in a variety of ways, particularly when analyzed by feminist critics. And the book manages to verify this through 13 essays from feminist writers, each one with exhaustive sourced (!!!) research and anecdotes about the democratic frontrunner.
For the most part, this book is an excellent primer into why feminist-minded and leftist voters should be skeptical of Hillary's brand of "trickle-down feminism,
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Christopher Roberts
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, feminism
There is a split occurring in feminism right now, partially influenced by the backlash against neoliberalism. Third wave feminism got really cozy with capitalism and that has resulted in feminism now being used to sell products, movies and opportunistic female politicians. Many feminists now want to reject this "faux feminism."

This book of essays came right before the 2016 election and challenges the notion of Hillary Clinton as a feminist. Some of them are harsher than others, but they offer a
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Jayney
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, 2016
I was a bit too young to really take in the politics of "the Clintons"when Bill had the presidency. I knew Hilary wasn't a feminist. She doesn't stand for any feminism that I am aware of yet she has been branded as this uber feminist who might be the next president. This book confirms that she isn't a feminist and highlights shocking politics that Hilary has been involved in. I truly believe that she isn't the person to be the next president despite what sexual organs she has. I'd like the first ...more
iri
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I think I'm politically quite close to a lot of the positions expressed in this book, but I can't help but feel like it's preaching to the choir. Reading through it made me feel like there's not a lot of effort expended in reaching out to mainstream Democrats who might not be familiar with the history of the School of the Americas, for example. However, the essays are fairly succinct and nice to share with like-minded friends.
Roos
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
HRC is a Republican!
Nisreen
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This book provides valuable insights into the views and politics of feminists on the far end of the left, and their perception of Clinton, the Democratic Party and white neoliberal feminism. I definitely don’t agree with a lot of the views and arguments mentioned in the book, especially the naive, not to say misleading, essays on the USA intervention politics which lacked nuance and vision. However, I do believe this book is an important read as it allow us, “liberals”, to challenge our own view ...more
Misty
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This book was my attempt to be less biased while also reading Hillarys most recent book, and I am honestly quite glad I dove into it. I do not adore her, I have a mile long list of issues with her, etc, and it was nice to read a book that does not worship the ground she walks on. I *do* think we would have been better off with her than with Trump, but this still covers a lot of necessary ground.
Emily Gibbons
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Any feminist wanting to expand/challenge their views
This collection of essays presents an in-depth analysis of the ways in which Hillary Clinton's brand of feminism is simply that, a brand. A feminist marketing scheme does not make feminist policies, and this collection does an astute job of navigating her imperialist, war-mongering drive as Secretary of State, and the ways in which her heavy involvement in her husband's administration deprived, and still deprives, minority women of their rights.

If I'm honest, this collection took a lot of work
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River
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Short thoughts:
This book is an excellent example of the issues that are very common throughout leftists circles-racism, queerphobia, ableism, and ironically enough, classism too. Although the points made about hillary clinton are accurate, it was clear that this book was intended for white upper class cishet leftists to read, and pat themselves on the back for, and not actually intended for marginalized people.

Long thoughts:
So, as everyone in leftists circles knows, issues of racism, classism,
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Brittany
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Lewis' Law, "Comments on any article about feminism justify feminism", can be applied to this book - "Comments on Hillary Rodham Clinton justify feminism". Even from self-proclaimed left-wing radical feminists, the conflation of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton abounds. The only good essays in this book (there are two) are the ones that address Hillary's foreign track record. This actually makes sense given her old position as Secretary of State and that you can talk about the things she has sai ...more
Dana
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good collection of essays, each one covering a way in which Hillary Clinton, the "feminist" presidential candidate, either alone or in close cooperation with her husband, has hurt the poor, the sick and the most vulnerable (yes, and women) during her long political career. And not only in the US.

Before this book, I had a vague feeling of uneasiness about her, but didn't know why. Now I do. If even half of the facts in this book are true, she's partly responsible for the coming of Trump, as
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Michael Labone
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably reading this a bit late as in a lot of the essays there was an expectation that HRC would become President. Either way it is an important book imo
Ed
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hillary Clinton is terrible. She's a warmonger with blood up to her elbows. She's bourgeois scum who hates the poor. Despite her rhetoric about women and children, she has been an integral party of many political decisions that hurt and killed countless women and children. She's truly a monster and I hope she burns in hell.

But I'm still probably going to vote for her because Trump is far worse and I believe that vote is a strategic choice not an endorsement.

False Choices is essential if you want
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Aisling
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a series of essays by different individuals addressing different parts of the Clinton ideology, politics and legacy. Though based in the time before the 2016 Presidential Election and aimed at Clinton's Presidential run, reading it in retrospect was nonetheless a learning experience.

I learned a lot from the essays and highlighted many parts to look into later and find out more information. As a book about US politics, it was accessible and easy to understand. I really enjoyed some of th
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Rhiannon Fennell
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Megan
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't love Hillary, but I don't hate her either. I often get frustrated about the countless anti-Hillary memes running rampant on Facebook, because they don't ever provide any evidence as to why Hillary may not be the best choice to lead our country.

I enjoyed this book because it was an intelligent answer to most of my questions. I still plan on voting for Hillary, because she's strides better than the alternative, but this book opened my eyes to her present flaws - and what I, as a feminist
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Philip
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it
It's hard to grasp what this book is about, or who the intended audience is. Is it an attempt to suggest an alternative praxis to Clinton, or is it simply a challenge of her policies in order to guarantee that we are not satisfied with what she has to offer? Is it a warning of things to come? Many of the texts are well written and make excellent points, but I'm having a hard time grasping what collecting them like this brings to the table.
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Liza Featherstone is a journalist based in New York City and a contributing editor to The Nation, where she also writes the advice column “Asking for a Friend.” Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Ms., and Rolling Stone among many other outlets. She is the co-author of Students against Sweatshops: The Making of a Movement (Verso, 2002) and author of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battl ...more
“A Hillary Clinton presidency would symbolically break the glass ceiling for women in the United States, but it would be unlikely to break through the military-industrial complex that has been keeping our nation in a perpetual state of war--killing people around the world, many of them women and children.” 3 likes
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