Re: Are we post- post feminist yet?

I think you’ve hit on why Sarah Palin drives lefty women bananas: she’s everything they claim to want to be and she didn’t play the victim card to get it.

  1. She’s a self-made woman.  Unlike Hillary Clinton and so many other female politicians, she didn’t rise to power on her husband’s back.  And she didn’t have or require a husband’s wealth (or affirmative action) to do it.
  2. She has it all: family and a hugely successful career.
  3. She was free to choose, and she chose… life.  When she learned her son, Trig, had Down’s Syndrome, she kept the baby.
  4. She’s beautiful.  This shouldn’t factor into things but the fact that she’s clever and conservative and beautiful makes liberal women nuts.  Liberals say women can be smart and beautiful, but deep in their hearts it’s an either/or proposition.
  5. Everything Sarah Palin is negates the liberal belief that conservatism is oppressive towards women.  She’s a major political figure.  She shoots.  She hunts.  She has a massive family.  She’s happy.  She’s made her own success story.  It’s like telling a fundamentalist [insert religion of choice here] that their religion is wrong.
And on a final note, if Weiner and Hart “married up” as Maureen Dowd claims, what does that say for their wives who, following Maureen’s logic, must have “married down?”  Is this what liberal feminists truly aspire to?  Lower standards?
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About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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2 Responses to Re: Are we post- post feminist yet?

  1. The fact that we are celebrating a conservative woman being successful shows that to some degree we did not expect this task would be easy. We do not celebrate the many male conservatives who are successful. Sarah Palin is undoubtedly a victim, but also she is open enough to manipulate, and to some degree conform, to male stereotypes. It is not to say that women do not shoot guns, but we can certainly say that many men do. The point is, Sarah Palin works hard to prove she is just like male politicians, whilst simultaneously all the things you describe. What if a perfectly capable but non-commercial female wishes to follow the same path? Its certainly true that less men would allow her the platform based on skin deep judgement or unshared gender values. Sarah Palin may represent some women, but she represents some men too. This isn’t post-feminism, but an exception to the norms, and as such a detriment to the feminist cause overall. Smart and beautiful is not either / or, as you say, rather it is precisely the opposite, all or nothing. Thank you for a stimulating discussion.

    • Christopher:
      Interesting points, all! You’re right, for whatever reason, politics is still largely a man’s game, though I think that’s true on both sides of the aisle. While I’d rather see Chris Christie as the Republican presidential nominee (Christie + Bolton is my dream ticket, though Ryan + Bolton would be pretty awesome too), I must admit it’s exciting to see Republican women finally taking center stage.

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