Written by Dad AKA Jonathan Virant.
Eventually, Michael asked about Hillary Clinton. They asked if it would be important to E if Hillary was elected president. What was interesting about their question is I had just asked E the same question not too long before that. E and I watched Nancy Reagan’s funeral and at the funeral, George W. Bush made an appearance along with Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. I explained who these people were to E and explained that Hillary was running for president. I told E that Hillary would most likely win the election and be the first female president.
I said to E, “isn’t it cool that Hillary will be the first president who is a woman?”
Her response was an unemotional, “why?”
I said because no other woman had done this before. Her response caught me off guard. She seemed really unphased by this idea, which surprised me and I felt good that for E, gender didn’t matter in who was most qualified to be president. Ignorantly, I believed that perhaps for E’s generation, boys and girls were equal.
Anyway, I told all of this to Michael and Sam. And in typical Jonathan-fashion, I reversed the scenario around on my friends and said, “to be fair, I wouldn’t want Sarah Palin to be president, even if she were the first woman to be president.” All agreed with me of course as do most people when I speak. At the time I really thought this, that gender didn’t have a place in the election. Why should it matter I thought?
But, after seeing how excited A was to see the Ghostbusters—her Ghostbusters—on screen and the fact that she said she was going to be one, I needed to reconsider my thoughts on this concept of tokenism. What was so bad about replacing the four male Ghostbusters with four females? I mean these women are funny and the concept is pretty simple, shoot and trap ghosts. So, why not change things up? I wasn’t going to lose anything. I still had my Ghostbusters and A would have hers and they already had an enormous impact on her much like mine did on me. Who knows maybe hers will also have an impact on me as well? All I know is though I would’ve donated a lung to see Bill Murray don a proton pack one more time, I’m not sure old-man Murray at the age of 65 trapping ghosts would have had nearly the same effect on A as these young women with proton packs seem to have had.
If I found myself reversing my feelings on the new Ghostbusters movie than the logical part of my brain started to question my initial stance on Hillary Clinton’s historical candidacy. Was I hypocrite to think it’s important that females portray Ghostbusters for A, but that gender should play no role in choosing the president?
I went back and forth on this. But, there is a difference I thought. Ghostbusters is fake, the movie won’t kill anyone, however, the president literally makes life and death decisions. With that said though, there have been crappy presidents and they have all been men. Will the world end if Hillary is elected and is a crappy president? Probably not. So, with that said maybe the fact that she is woman should be considered important, a milestone for the county (Put aside all talk of Trump for this article).
I have big doubts that Hillary will be a good president or even a good role model, but that’s not really the point. I don’t think it matters so much what type of person Hillary or even someone like Sarah Palin is if one of them were to become president. What matters is that by being president, these women show my girls that they can be empowered to hold the biggest job on the planet. And as a dad, having my girls feel empowered to pursue whichever career they want is one of the most important things I can think of.
 A and I were at the store recently. I told her she could get a toy and she wanted to get a Ghostbuster. I will say this about the new movie, the tie-in toys are lightyears ahead of the toys I had growing up for the original movies. The action figure likeness to the character in the film is amazing and they even issued the original Ghostbusters along with the new ones. There A was analyzing the Kate McKinnon Ghostbuster in detail as I analyzed the Bill Murray one. Truth-be-told, I wanted to get all of them, new ones, old ones—everything. They all looked cool. A chose a Supergirl-inspired Barbie doll instead. Blah.