Thursday, October 2, 2008

Palin: every feminist's nightmare  

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On Slate.com, there's an article about "feminism and Palin." I immediately braced myself for another commentary by a mistaken journalist about how Palin represents a "new kind of feminism." However, Emily Bazelon's article is about just the opposite - it articulates the "agony" women are feeling as we watch Sarah Palin.

Palin is the most prominent woman on the political stage at the moment. By taking unprepared hesitancy and lack of preparation to a sentence-stopping level, she's yanking us back to the old assumption that women can't hack it at these heights. We know that's not true—we've just watched Hillary Clinton power through a campaign with a masterful grasp of policy and detail. Clinton lost in part because she was the girl grind. Complex sentences, the names of Supreme Court cases, and bizarre warnings about foreign heads of state invading our airspace weren't her problem. The fear now is that Palin is the anti-Hillary and that her lack of competence threatens to undo what the Democratic primary did for women. Palin won't bust through the ceiling that has Hillary's 18 million cracks in it. She'll give men an excuse to replace it with a new one.

Quite the morbid article, but it has a lot of truth to it. Read the rest here.

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  • October 3, 2008 at 12:55 PM  

    Someone from the Ohio Focus Group that CNN was reporting on stated that the reason she switched from Hillary to McCain was that Hillary reminded her of "middle management" and Palin "was a fresh face with fresh ideas."

    I almost threw my TV out the window!