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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Palin Monologues

Author and playright, Eve Ensler, whose "The Vagina Monologues" was a hit one-wymyn show, adds to her collection of spirited diatribes when she recently wrote about Governor Sarah Palin.

She starts regretfully. She's having nightmares these days and she doesn't like it one whit.

"I don’t like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists."

She continues.

Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God’s name, when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.

She ends.

If the Polar Bears don’t move you to go and do everything in your power to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, ‘Drill Drill Drill.’ I think of teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent. I think of pain.

I needed to highlight the word rape in context, to show you the imagery these women have in their minds when speaking around the topic of feminism.

Maybe it is not true, but every time one hears from a self-described movement feminist, they speak of rape, which is basically a primordial fear of the powerlessness they feel when confronted with men.

As a woman, you are given two choices as a feminist: either you combat this power men have over you, or you enable it.

I believe for many anti-Palin feminists, they see her as an enabler of men's darkest longings of enslaving women, particularly regarding men's raw sexual power.

It's worse because the Govenor is still fecund, and when faced recently with a situation which requires "choice" (read, of rejection of man's visible dominance over woman in the form of pregnancy), she didn't opt for abortion. That's just not how she thinks of a child: a flawed "thing" to be discarded as if an inconvenience.

Surely, they would dislike her even if she were pro-Choice, due to her strong conservatism. But it's the abortion issue on which they hang all their hatred towards her.

Of course, the existential crisis that Sarah Palin has provoked in feminists would be interesting, but it's sadly all too predictable with the most outspoken ones -- one therefore gets screeds like Ensler's.

Most of the feminists I know, including my mother, love Sarah Palin. She is their kind of feminist -- one not internally scarred by their struggle, and unaware they are historical dinosaurs because of it.

To echo Lynette Long's viewpoint piece in the Baltimore Sun this weekend:

"If Democratic women wait for the perfect woman to come along, we will never elect a woman. I will vote for McCain-Palin. I urge other women to do the same."

So really, it depends what kind of a feminist you are. Are you the kind which is comfortable dealing with all women, from all walks of life, or just the ones who advance your world view?

In other words, are you for women, full stop? Or just the ones who please you...as if you were men?

You have a few weeks to decide.


Cathy Young's Op-Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal: Why Feminists Hate Sarah Palin

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  • "If Democratic women wait for the perfect woman to come along, we will never elect a woman. I will vote for McCain-Palin. I urge other women to do the same."

    Exactly! As the saying goes, "The Perfect is the enemy of the Good." If we wait until we find the perfect whatever we will never find it. How many conservatives said they'd never vote for McCain because he wasn't a perfect conservative?

    That's just a silly way to ever look at things. Go for the best you can find. And keep working to make it better.


    By Blogger benning, at Wed Sep 17, 07:29:00 am GMT-4  

  • Existentially threatened feminists have to somehow dehumanize Sarah. But they will fail because that is her most obvious strength.

    How ugly will it get?

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Wed Sep 17, 02:37:00 pm GMT-4  

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