I know there has been some unease, shall we say?, already about this post. Some of it humorous and some of it “Betsy’s a big dyke” (see comment 3, though I did find the screen name, considering the comment, hilarious).
But let me be clear. I don’t think this is a “men, go home,” situation. It’s three days. If you can’t have all those dudes talk AND have a bunch of women also talk, you’re just not scheduling well. I don’t expect any men to not participate. That seems stupid and unlikely to make the Democrats suddenly more women-inclusive. I don’t even think that Democrats are intentionally “eh, women, what can you do?”
But it is a problem.
Here’s what I’d like. And it’s just something to think about. When the door of opportunity opens for you and you are standing in the doorway and you see that opportunity is full of dudes or full of white people or full of rich people or whatever. You look in and you see that the opportunity you’re about to have is homogenous in some way, don’t decline it. Put your foot in the door, reach out, and pull someone who’s not there in with you.
Political access is not a finite resource.
And I know, I know it makes me seem like an enormous bitch to bring it up. I already see the “Betsy loves cooter” comment at Pith. I get that there is NO way for me to say “Hey, this is fucked up,” without bringing that shit on me and, especially, sounding like my problem is merely that I want a seat at the table.
But listen, even if I am a bitchy, self-absorbed, cooter-licker, and far be it from me to worry about convincing you otherwise, especially since being a bitchy, self-absorbed cooter-licker is a fun way to spend one’s time, this is not right.
If making it about me is the first step in getting it rectified, then fine, make it about me. But get it fixed.