Monday, August 08, 2005

Living History – Hillary Rodham Clinton

we’ve all heard women claim that men love to talk about themselves; that when on a date, the guy loves to talk about him being great in this and him being great in that and so on. well that was what i felt at first when i read this book. maybe because it’s the first time i’ve read an autobiographical (or biographical, for that matter) book that i wasn’t used to the author talking laboriously about himself – or in this case, herself. but as the chapters slowly went by, i finally got a grip on the essential significance and beauty of the book.

right from the start, this book was clearly about women empowerment, which works well with me cause i believe that women are truly the superior sex. after all, we men have really nothing worth boasting about other than our physical strength (generally speaking). i think the key to a woman’s superiority is her patience, forbearance and possession of a better defense against corruption which is probably due to her enhanced control of her baser instincts. even in porn, i glorify women for their beauty and boldness (no pun intended).

all throughout the book, ms. clinton not only talks about her achievements but the accomplishments of other women as well whether in politics, sports, the media, education, or those engaged in charitable work. i’m sure there are other fields i haven’t mentioned but these are what come to mind immediately.

ms. clinton also writes in detail about her travels abroad and how these trips further broadened her mind. i was struck by how her travels supplemented her already highly educated intellect that i am now seriously contemplating about leaving the country and not just remain here in front of my computer or buried in my books.

2 chapters stand out from the book. one was called “soldiering on” which by itself was a self-help and inspirational chapter as it tells us that when things go from bad to worse, we just have to continue doing what we know is right. don’t let problems stop you from what you want to do. just soldier on.

the other moving chapter was called “dared to compete”. this one talks about ms. clinton’s reservations about running for the senate. despite all the obstacles she was facing including what was then the recent clamor of republicans for her husband’s resignation from the presidency due to his affair with monica lewinsky, ms. clinton still pushed on with her candidacy.

the book kinda hints that ms. clinton might one day run for president. well if she does, i hope she wins cause i find her to be real smart. of course i may be biased as i’ve always claimed (to anyone who cared to listen) that i have a big crush on her.


rating: 3 of 5 stars * * *
girl power to the max!

5 comments:

rmacapobre said...

i get goosebumps whenever i hear people (men) around me talk about women being the weaker sex. they dont just mean being weak physically but mentally. an example. no "normal" woman would be playing chess. even though there have been women chess masters all over recent history. arguing that was a fluke. an accident of nature. and i counter with that has everything to do with our culture. not DNA. our culture dictates (or rather) does not encourage it. au contraire i am willing to bet everything that women can be just as good as men. in everything.

in this age, i would have thought weve gotten rid of medieval attitudes like this but i am morbidly fustrated suspecting that the spread of feminism is likely an illusion. and its really just a minority. or at best. only in my country.

no i dont agree with women being the superior sex. thats just as worse as saying the opposite. we are all humans. we are equal.

rob said...

>her patience, forbearance and possession of a better defense against corruption

Roehl, where are these "women" you mention. Do they actually exist, I would like to meet some of them, hehehe.

Receptionist: How do you write women so well?
Melvin Udall: Easy. I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.

- from 'As Good as it Gets'

roehl said...

"no i dont agree with women being the superior sex. thats just as worse as saying the opposite. we are all humans. we are equal."

good point max. but i'm going to stick to my opinion cause i just can't help putting women on a pedestal


'where are these "women" you mention. Do they actually exist, I would like to meet some of them'

rob, i know you meant this partly as a joke, but i find that most women i meet in the streets and in the malls as well as female relatives and the few female friends i have exhibit the qualities i have mentioned. of course not all of them have these qualities.

rob said...

Hilary Clinton has a good chance of winning in 2008. So that will be an interesting electin. What makes me uncomfortable though is that she gives me the impression she will do or say anything in order to win.

roehl said...

hillary clinton doing or saying anything in order to win would be a small thing if compared to gloria macapagal cheating.