Hillary Clinton Can't Stand Whining About 'Having It All'

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Sorry to disappoint you, incredibly quixotic ignorers of things that Hillary Clinton has been saying for like dozens of months now, but there will be no Hillary Clinton '16 bumper stickers to affix to your Saab in four years. The Secretary of State has reaffirmed in an interview with Marie Claire that she's done with politics after Obama's first term is done. But she also affirmed something a little more controversial: women who complain about not being able to "have it all" need to stop whining.

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The remarks came when Marie Claire asked about former State Department staffer Anne-Marie Slaughter's story in The Atlantic. Called "Why Women Still Can't Have it All, Slaughter's piece described the impossibility of juggling her responsibilities as a high-level government employee and a mother of two teenage boys. To those claims, CNN reports that Clinton responded,

I can't stand whining. I can't stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into because they're not happy with the choices they made. You live in a time when there are endless choices.

and

Some women are not comfortable working at the pace and intensity you have to work at in these jobs … Other women don't break a sweat.

I'm not a medical doctor, but that sure looks like a burn.

[CNN]

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DISCUSSION

She's not wrong and it is not a gender-specific whinge, either. There are people who want things but don't want to give up anything or work past 6pm. I had a guy coworker who used to complain about how much overtime he was expected to work all the time at a job where we all worked overtime in the crunch but where he was not even managing to make it into the office for his 40 hours most of the time (because he and his wife had brought the very first baby ever born into the world. He also whined about how his parents and in-laws hadn't dropped everything to help them raise this kid).

This is a separate thing from legit situations where people are doing equal work and not getting equal return, but, y'know, you can't be running the world and making it to all the kid's plays. Of course, my mom was more of a traditional stay-at-home mom in the 70s and 80s nd going to every single little thing we all did was not a priority. Not sure where that shit came from except maybe guilting moms into going to everything is a tool of the Man to Keep Us Down! (yeeeeaaaauuuh!)