Some of us are delighted that Sarah Palin is leading by example, proving that women can have families and careers, no trade-offs required. Others see her rather differently: according to Salon.com, normally a rabidly partisan but reasonably civil and thoughtful site, she’s not in fact a woman. On account of, well, there are too many choice quotes here to pick just one. Let the classiness of the following wash over you like the slime from a tipped over dumpster, and if you still think there isn’t a culture war, read the whole piece.
Sarah Palin is a bit comical, like one of those cutthroat Texas cheerleader stage moms. What her Down syndrome baby and pregnant teenage daughter unequivocally prove, however, is that her most beloved child is the antiabortion platform that ensures her own political ambitions with the conservative right. The throat she’s so hot to cut is that of all American women.
I did not think that women being downgraded to second-class, three-holed chattel would be a pressing concern in my lifetime. I thought it was like polio, or witch burning — an inhumane error that had already been corrected. But after eight years of Republican hegemony, and now the potential ascendance of this sheep in ewe’s clothing, I am so mortally offended I feel like it is really time for women to be angry, hardcore and disgusted again.
Relax: The war is God’s plan. (Or whatever.) Women, even if they are vice president, can always look pretty, worship their husbands in the fear of God and never, ever resist invasions from unwanted sperm.
Sarah Palin and her virtual burqa have me and my friends retching into our handbags. She’s such a power-mad, backwater beauty-pageant casualty, it’s easy to write her off and make fun of her. But in reality I feel as horrified as a ghetto Jew watching the rise of National Socialism.
Nope, I’m still not a feminist, not as long as this frothing monument to vulgarity and hatred is part of that particular club.
Brigitte wonders: Why would anybody assume children are necessarily the result of invasive and “unwanted” sperm? What if these women happen to want more kids? Shouldn’t it be their – what’s the word I’m looking for – oh yeah, choice?
Andrea thinks perhaps the author is Heather Mallick’s sister?by