When talking about my feisty mother, who was born and raised in the Bronx, I always say, "You can take the girl out of the Bronx, but you can't take the Bronx out of the girl." I'd describe AOC in the same terms. Merely existing as an attractive woman on the streets of New York City, and working for years as a waitress and bartender serving drunk bros, AOC has a PhD in toxic masculinity, and she castigated Ted Yahoo on the floor of the Capitol:
Rep. @AOC: "I have tossed men out of bars that have used language like Mr. Yoho's and I have encountered this type of harassment riding the subway of New York City. This is not new and that is the problem." https://t.co/KI3pEoqEew pic.twitter.com/jgqH4KqPma— The Hill (@thehill) July 23, 2020
It's a remarkable ten minutes on the House floor... Representative Ocasio-Cortez was brilliant, fierce, eloquent, unflinchingly repeating the foul language Ted Yahoo used to insult her from ten paces away. Her dismissal of Yahoo's false piety and hypocritical 'embrace' of 'family values' is a much-needed counter to the bullshit Republican 'Party of Values' propaganda. Yahoo represents a dysfunctional old guard of bigoted, misogynistic men (most of them, but by no means all, white), and he will be relegated to a mere footnote in the historical record of Ocasio-Cortez' career. Ocasio-Cortez is a self-made success story, unlike the creepy nepotism-hire failsons in Congress (I'm looking particularly at Florida Man Matt Gaetz here), and I look forward to following her in a long career in government. The fact that I have a familiarity with and a fondness for the district which she represents sweetens the pot- I know young women and girls who see her as a role model.
Women are just better stewards of society than men have been... just look at the successful COVID-19 crisis response in nations with women leaders. Seeing more women, especially seeing young, working-class women of color, elected to positions of authority, is a good sign that we Americans can turn a corner if we get out and vote. We need intelligent, idealistic, fearless representatives, especially ones who can muster a healthy dose of righteous rage.