Sarah Palin, the Anti-Feminist Feminist

Sarah Palin makes me sick. I hate that she was able to steal Barack Obama’s mojo just by showing up wearing rimless glasses and a skirt.

I hate that she makes Joe Biden look like John McCain and John McCain look like the maverick he is not.

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Palin’s extreme views on abortion (she once said she would be against her daughter having an abortion even in the case of incest or rape) and her support of abstinence-only programs should make her a laughingstock to feminists.

Instead, she’s a star.

That ought to be enough to make any true feminist sick. 

Or so Mary Mitchell opines in her New York Sun Times column. I like the Sun Times, and am sorry to hear it might be closing, but the fact that it has such people writing for it might explain why that is happening.

 So, what is it that is making Ms. Mitchell so ill? Is it the rimless glasses? The skirt? Obviously not. Ms. Mitchell can’t stand the fact that Governor Palin is not a Liberal, does not share Ms. Mitchell’s Liberal political agenda. Sarah Palin has a mind of her own. What horror!

 I have not talked to Governor Palin about the subject of Feminism, but I am willing to make some assumptions with which the Governor would probably agree. I suspect that the governor does not consider herself to be a feminist. Feminism has morphed from a movement to give women an equal opportunity into an East/West Coast movement to explain the sense of victimization felt by unfulfilled female intellectuals. Feminism probably did not make its way into the hinterlands of Alaska and, while I am sure that Governor Palin has heard of the term, she never considered herself to be a Feminist. She probably never saw herself as a victim. The Governor’s career is one of solving problems, instead of sitting down and crying about how the world is against her.

 Ms. Mitchell’s can’t understand how Governor Palin can a smart, accomplished woman who does not believe in Liberal feminist Shibboleths…and cannot understand how other women can be driven to support the Governor. This could possibly be understood from a black woman, part of the largest Democratic voting block; over 80% of black people support the Obama candidacy, and one has to believe that not all of them are doing so for his policies. Governor Palin is not in lockstep with Democratic women. She must be evil.

 In fact, Ms. Mitchell could be proud of Governor Palin, without agreeing with her politics. Governor Palin is a normal woman who found she could do a job, and has worked her way up by her own skills. She demonstrates that anyone can be someone in this country, with a lot of skill and a bit of luck. Ms. Mitchell should be proud to be living in a country where such is true, instead of reflexively bringing up dispute canards to destroy another woman.

 What ever happened to Sisterhood, Mary? Or did it ever really exist?

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