"A feminism that cannot admire the bravura under high pressure of the first woman governor of a frontier state isn't worth a warm bucket of spit."
These women almost don't deserve their own vaginas. Of course, Sarah uses her to its fullest extent and has five children to prove it. No need to ask The Todd about it. I'm a progressive, feminist woman and I wholeheartedly defend her right to chose family, God, heterosexuality and hunting instead of using birth control, not getting married, going vegan or being Jewish. That's her right as a woman. Who said she was going to make other women do the same thing?
"Now that's the Sarah Palin brand of can-do, no-excuses, moose-hunting feminism -- a world away from the whining, sniping, wearily ironic mode of the establishment feminism represented by Gloria Steinem, a Hillary Clinton supporter whose shameless Democratic partisanship over the past four decades has severely limited American feminism and not allowed it to become the big tent it can and should be. Sarah Palin, if her reputation survives the punishing next two months, may be breaking down those barriers. Feminism, which should be about equal rights and equal opportunity, should not be a closed club requiring an ideological litmus test for membership."
Yes, women who whine about things like the state owning their uteruses, blaming rape victims for their assaults, demanding equal pay for equal work (is it always about money with these women?!?!?!) and expecting to be treated the same as men is pathetic. George W. Bush is a man, but he's no maverick. I want to be treated the same as mavericks, not men. That's the sort of feminism that I can get behind. Sarah Palin needs none of this special attention. She gets the job done without being bogged down with concern for the inequitable treatment other woman receive because they're weaker than her.
Bravely confronting facts and personal accounts to the contrary:
"But what of Palin's pro-life stand? Creationism taught in schools? Book banning? Gay conversions? The Iraq war as God's plan? Zionism as a prelude to the apocalypse? We'll see how these big issues shake out. Right now, I don't believe much of what I read or hear about Palin in the media."
Issues, smishissues. Facts, schmacts. This is NOT about Sarah believing heterosexuality is wrong, or refusing to accept that humans evolved from monkeys (who is this Darwin guy anyway?), or having faith that God will help us Americans carry out a nuclear ass-whooping on foreign terrorists. That has nothing to do with her ability to be Vice President. For more on this, read on.
Alleviating pro-choice fears:
"If Sarah Palin tries to intrude her conservative Christian values into secular government, then she must be opposed and stopped. But she has every right to express her views and to argue for society's acceptance of the high principle of the sanctity of human life. If McCain wins the White House and then drops dead, a President Palin would have the power to appoint conservative judges to the Supreme Court, but she could not control their rulings."
President Palin. Whoa! I just said that out loud as I read it. So what if Matt "Hollywood Hero" Damon is worried, Camille "Educated at Yale" Paglia is not. Neither am I. Everyone knows that politics has NOTHING to do with the Supreme Court. I mean, I don't agree with Sarah's personal beliefs, but they are just that: personal. It would different if she tried to pass laws that prohibited abortion, but we're talking about appointing some judges. The worst the Supreme Court can do is hand another election to the Republican Party or deny women the right to pursue fair pay from their employers, which they already did and I don't think they'd do twice. That had nothing to do with Sarah, just the political party she is affiliated with.
THANK YOU, Camille, for speaking truth to power and confronting "feminist" fears for what they truly are: not concern for the well-being of women in America, but blind, unadulterated partisan hate for the grace and glory that is Sarah Palin.