September 14th, 2008

movie // mermaid // eric is sex

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I haven't heard anything from my agent since this morning, so it's safe to assume the offer is in.

Probably won't hear anything until at least tomorrow.

*nervous sigh*

In the meantime, I need to do laundry, and I need to do some lesson planning for next week. (Supposedly, everything I'm teaching is already in this program. The problem is that this program, as it is, bores the hell out of my 4th graders, so I need to toss some things in to mix it up. Actually I should probably go down to the teacher store today and get some comprehension activities.)

ETA: Humph. The teacher store is closed on Sundays. How rude.
tv // lbd // shoulder touch

Why Feminists Hate Sarah Palin

This is a totally awesome column that I must pass on in its entirety.

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 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."

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."

This also galls Katherine Marsh, writing in the latest issue of The New Republic. Mrs. Palin admits to having "an incredible support system -- a husband with flexible jobs rather than a competing career . . . and a host of nearby grandparents, aunts, and uncles." Yet, Ms. Marsh charges, she does not endorse government policies to help less-advantaged working mothers -- for instance, by promoting day-care centers.

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Here's how it works, folks. Feminism has been hijacked by liberals. If it is a conservative principle or initiative or program it cannot possibly be pro-woman because, well, it's coming from conservatives! This phenomenon has already been experienced by black Republicans; they're told that they're not 'authentically' black because they are conservative. Likewise, it seems, you are not really a woman if you are conservative. Don't believe me. Go back up to the top and reread that quote by Wendy Doniger.

Here's the liberal feminist response: Not all women are lucky enough to have husbands like Todd Palin. Some don't have husbands at all, and they shouldn't have to. They should be able to have a career and a family even if they don't have that kind of support system within the family. So where else could that support system possibly come from, other than the government? The companies only want to make money... they don't care about Sally Singlemom who needs free daycare and pre-K. So the government must be present to make these companies do the right thing. We're not all Sarah Palin.

And here's my response: If you want to look out for Sally Singlemom, that's fine. But don't belittle and de-womanize those women who do have the support systems, who do have the Mr. Mom or the live-in grandma or the extended family circle. Don't exclude women who have it all because they don't fit your stereotypical idea of what feminism is or should be.

Conservatives are the most generous people in America. Include conservative women in your ranks and you increase your resources a thousandfold. You make for a stronger power base, and one that can be taken seriously by folks on both sides of the aisle. Continue on this path of declaring female conservatives not worthy of the name "woman", and you only marginalize yourself that much more.