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Sarah Palin — Not a Real Woman September 14, 2008Posted by Michael in News.
In my view, Sarah is intolerable to many because she has radically upended the definition of “feminism” in a way that appeals to many ordinary working women and mothers (like Mrs. Michael), but disempowers many others who, heretofore, have blithely presumed to speak for women.
Left-wing feminists have a hard time dealing with strong, successful conservative women in politics such as Margaret Thatcher. Sarah Palin seems to have truly unhinged more than a few, eliciting a stream of vicious, often misogynist invective.
On Salon.com last week, Cintra Wilson branded her a “Christian Stepford Wife” and a “Republican blow-up doll.” Wendy Doniger, religion professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School, added on the Washington Post blog, “Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.” [Emphasis supplied.]
That right there is the problem. Never mind that millions of guys like me think she is a MILF. Never mind that she has deployed her feminine wiles to become an undeniably skilled veteran of hardball politics. Never mind her obvious commitment to her family, and her role as a mother. She can’t be a realwoman if she does not conform to the political orthodoxy of the feminist establishment. She repudiates their values, and they repudiate her uterus.
You’d think that, whether or not they agree with her politics, feminists would at least applaud Mrs. Palin as a living example of one of their core principles: a woman’s right to have a career and a family. Yet some feminists unabashedly suggest that her decision to seek the vice presidency makes her a bad and selfish mother. Others argue that she is bad for working mothers because she’s just too good at having it all.
In the Boston Globe on Friday, columnist Ellen Goodman frets that Mrs. Palin is a “supermom” whose supporters “think a woman can have it all as long as she can do it all . . . by herself.” In fact, Sarah Palin is doing it with the help of her husband Todd, who is currently on leave from his job as an oil worker. But Ms. Goodman’s problem is that “she doesn’t need anything from anyone outside the family. She isn’t lobbying for, say, maternity leave, equal pay, or universal pre-K.”