Thanks for the Modifier, Sister Sledgehammer
At last, at last! Sarah Palin has admitted she is not a feminist. She's a "conservative feminist." As you'll see, this is an important distinction indeed.
Palin is being called "Sister Sledgehammer" because out of seventeen of the Democrats whom she is trying to replace with Republican conservatives in 2010, five are women. Apparently, this is news to someone at Politico. Why? I don't know. Is it really surprising that Sarah is willing to step all over other women to get what she wants - especially women from the Party of "Death Panels?" She does it all the time, even to women in her own Party. Remember poor Dede Scozzafava, who got shoved under Palin's Tea Party Express because Dede (a Republican who had the full endorsement of the RNC) supported reproductive rights and gay marriage? Ah yes. When people show you who they are, it's best to pay attention.
No, Palin's lack of support for any woman who doesn't support her fundiegelical views cannot be news to anyone at this point. But her embrace of "conservative feminism" was a shock to me - a happy, happy shock. Golly gee willikers, what will the "new feminists" say about this?
“No one before her was a conservative woman on the national scene who has made such a splash,” says Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a group dedicated to electing women who oppose abortion rights. [MB: Not true. Phyllis Schafly, anyone - the woman who single-handedly stopped the ERA? But hey. We've all gotta be historically historic these days. It's the Barack Obama template, baby!]
Palin eagerly claims the feminist mantle—an unusual assertion for a candidate from her wing of the GOP—and spoke Friday of “a new conservative feminist movement” with an “emerging conservative feminist identity,” before a Washington audience.
“I kinda feel a connection to that tough, gun totin’ pioneer feminism,” she told the enthusiastic crowd of anti-abortion activists gathered to support the SBA List.
“For far too long, when people heard the word feminist, they thought of the faculty lounge ant [sic] some East Coast woman’s college,” she said. “And no offense to them, they have their opinions and their voice and God bless ‘em, that’s great, but that’s not the only voice of women in America.”
Get it, New "Every Woman is a Feminist" Feminists? Sarah Palin doesn't want to work with you. Sarah Palin thinks you're all a bunch of armpit-hair-braiding, birkenstock-wearing elitists who want to murder innocent babies. ZOMG!!!111!!!
But, MadamaB, what about the 30% Solution, you may ask? Guess what - Palin doesn't believe in that, either. D'oh!
One of Palin’s 2010 targets, Rep. Betsy Markey (D-Colo.), says aiming at women like her undermines the rapport that women from both parties enjoy in Congress—where they make up only 17 percent of members.
“It certainly doesn’t help the cause of trying to get more women in Congress now, because I think as a whole I think we do a good job of working together, the women members,” Markey told POLITICO. “What Sarah Palin is doing simply doesn’t promote that idea of as women we all work together, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican.”
You know who's the real opposite of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, her "conservative feminist" partner in many of her campaign rallies? Yeah. You know who.
“One of the things that people were praising Hillary [Clinton] for was her ability to accept a position, listen, talk to both sides – and that is a real anathema to Palin and to Michele [Bachmann],” says Schroeder, who served 12 terms in her Denver-based seat. “With Sarah and Michele, they’re not listeners—they want to tell you what to believe, so it’s a very different style than most women in politics have had,” she said.
Darn. Yet another Palin myth is debunked. She and Hillary are nothing alike. Nothing. At. All.
So what is "conservative feminism" all about? Well, according to Sarah's words and actions, it's about destroying women who don't believe as you do. It's about endangering the lives of millions of women and children by denying them access to reproductive health care, quality sex education and birth control. It's about unequal representation, putting ideology over gender equality. Oh, and it's about looking pretty and making sure we are all happy with men!
Palin’s political style—and her cold-blooded approach to targeting races—also places her at a distance from some of her party’s top female officeholders, most notably those in the Senate.
While GOP Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) walk the halls of the Capitol in well-coordinated suits, at a recent election rally for one of their Senate colleagues, John McCain, Palin showed up dressed in a leather motorcycle jacket that accentuated her image and made her octogenarian former running mate pale by comparison. [MB: This is a small thing, but for Jeebus' sake, Politico, McCain is not an octogenarian. He's 72! Didn't anyone edit this piece?]
That willingness to break with political convention, both in dress and in her targeted candidates, will make Palin a singular force on the campaign trail, says Dannenfelser.
“The deep roots of the liberal feminist movement are in the Democratic Party. To the extent that this idea that we can’t be happy with men is still around; it’s probably living out its life there more than in the Republican Party,” says Dannenfelser. “The fact that women feel a little bit more likely now to be able to look feminine … is a great thing, because it means that at least we’re not trying to be the same people anymore. We know that we’re different, we know that we’re equal.”
And best of all, we bikini wax! Hooray for "conservative feminism!"
All I can say is: Thanks for the modifier, Sister Sledgehammer - you've made it very clear to us where you stand. "Conservative feminism" is a zero on the feminism meter. "Conservative feminism" is simply patriarchal conservatism for women, clad in a sexy leather jacket and riding the waves of poorly-disguised historical revisionism. In short, it's anti-feminism. And Sarah Palin is an anti-feminist. Try, just try to refute that. I dare ya!
By the way, NOW (an ACTUAL feminist organization) is trying to stop Sarah Palin and her fundiegelical patriarchal friends from turning this country into a Christian Saudi Arabia. From my Inbox, Terry O'Neill says:
Right-wing activists in state after state, emboldened by the abortion fights during the health care debate, are at it again. New state abortion restrictions and requirements are in the works, or worse, have already passed. And each one is aimed at undoing the rights guaranteed by Roe v. Wade.
- Most worrisome: Nebraska has criminalized abortions after 20 weeks -- that's before viability! This law, which is in direct violation of Roe, will be challenged in the courts -- but it could also be the basis for the Roberts Supreme Court to overturn Roe.
- In Oklahoma, women seeking abortions will now be forced to undergo an intrusive vaginal-probe ultrasound while viewing the fetus and hearing it described in detail.
- Arizona now prohibits all private and public health insurance plans from covering abortion care -- depriving thousands and thousands of women of the insurance coverage they currently have.
More and more of these laws, intended to shame and demean women and turn health care professionals into criminals, are coming.
Where will such restrictions pop up next? Is your state next?
Maybe, if you're able, you might wanna throw them a few bucks. I think they deserve it a hell of a lot more than Sarah Palin does.