Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Why does the Palin debate continue?

Like many feminists out there, I do not consider Sarah Palin to be a feminist. So upon reading that Palin recently spoke about being a part of a "new conservative feminist movement", I just rolled my eyes. Being anti-choice is inherently anti-feminist and I'm appalled that she is co-opting feminism for her cause. And I'm not alone with these feelings. Meghan Daum, a self-declared feminist, recently published an editorial in the Los Angeles Times arguing that Palin is, indeed, a feminist.
Here's Daum's justification for calling Palin a feminist:

Now, there are a lot of ways in which this logic is contorted, not least of all the suggestion that supporting the right to choose represents a no-confidence vote for the idea of mothers leading fulfilling professional and personal lives. But putting that aside, I feel a duty (a feminist duty, in fact) to say this about Palin's declaration: If she has the guts to call herself a feminist, then she's entitled to be accepted as one.

Palin can call herself a feminist over and over. But in the end, actions speak louder than words. If you dig further into what she stands for, you'll find that she's hardly pro-woman, family, or feminist:
Sarah Palin, you can call yourself a feminist as much as you'd like, but limiting the rights of women is hardly in line with the principles of feminism.

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Blogger Sheila said...

Agreed. As her actions and beliefs have shown repeatedly, her political positions are clearly the antithesis of what the feminist movement generally stands for in the U.S. Being a woman does not automatically make you a feminist, and it's insulting to watch her try and turn the meaning of feminism on its head.

May 25, 2010 at 11:26 PM  

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