On One Hand

August 30, 2008

Feminists Against Sarah Palin – Electing Women on the Back of Patriarchy

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 2:21 pm

http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/tapped_archive?month=08&year=2008&base_name=the_party_of_political_correct

“The pick of Palin is dripping with transparent condescension, the notion that the enthusiasm behind Hillary was simply the result of her being a woman, that it had nothing to do with what she actually stood for, and in that sense it’s equally sexist. Palin is essentially a hard right ideologue, and therefore nothing like Hillary as far as substance is concerned. It’s not very different from running Alan Keyes against Barack Obama in 2004. The conservative media reaction has already engaged in paternalistic language, with FOX News reporting on television that “McCain broke the glass ceiling,” implying in fact, that the pick had nothing to do with Palin or her qualifications, but merely her gender. It’s fitting that the party positing affirmative action as a program that picks people exclusively based on race or gender rather than qualification should do something similar given an opportunity for political advancement. While Obama is promising change through policy, not simply through the circumstances of his birth, the McCain campaign thinks his appeal is simply visual and demographic, and therefore something they can exploit.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-seltzer/a-feminist-appalled-by-pa_b_122489.html

“When I saw that John McCain had picked Sarah Palin as his running mate this morning, I was on the elliptical trainer, and my rage propelled me to the most furious workout I’ve had in a while.

It’s always exciting to see women enter the political fray at higher levels. But a lot of feminists out there, are appalled by the cynicism and condescension inherent in this choice. It’s as though the McCain camp believes our irrational she-hormones will lead us, like sheep, to pull the lever for any candidate who looks like us–even if she has a strong record, as Palin does, of standing against women’s interests.”

http://community.feministing.com/2008/08/no-dice-mccain-my-vaginas-not.html

“I’ve gotta say that as a feminist and former Hillary-supporter, I had a big twinge of jealousy to have the Republicans be the ones to represent both sides of humanity on their ticket. But I was quick to remind myself that Palin is the portrait of right wing hackery. It is yet another way John McCain is completely out of touch, in not realizing women aren’t manipulated so easily.”

http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/08/29/sarah_pahlin_and_feminists_for/

“Sarah Palin is the inexperienced woman Sen. John McCain has chosen as his running mate, hoping that she will attract the vital female vote. It’s the worst kind of affirmative action, choosing a person he barely knows, who is completely unprepared to assume any national office. It’s like nominating Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court. It’s all about ideology and not about competence.

To put it bluntly, Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton. Nor does she have the vision and brilliance of Barack Obama. This is an incredible insult to most American women. Just how stupid does he think we are?”

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2 Comments »

  1. FEMINISTS SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT …

    I understand why the feminists disagree with some of Sarah Palin’s views, like abortion, and I understand their disappointment at loosing Hillary as the first female President, or Vice President. But, now they have a real chance to elect the first ever female Vice President. A woman who exemplifies so many amazing qualities, including her successes and 85% approval rating as Alaska’s governor, mother of five, and the whole nine yards. In addition to breaking the glass ceiling, Palin can finally bring about tremendous reforms for women.
    As International abuses keep coming to light regarding women’s rights, including everything from burkas, to white slavery, to honor killings, you would certainly think that women would be tripping over themselves to elevate one of their own to such a high position. What a shame the feminists are so petty that they can’t see the big picture, set aside their conflicting grievances, and make a couple of concessions, in order to progress in such a big way.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 8, 2008 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

    • Re: FEMINISTS SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT …

      I doubt anyone who specifies “white” slavery as more atrocious than other forms of slavery has views that even roughly compare to those who identify as feminist.

      Comment by ononehand — September 9, 2008 @ 4:10 am | Reply


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