Sunday, September 14, 2008

Okay, I need to stop with the Palin stuff.

But I really liked this piece from The Nation:

"Lipstick on a Wing Nut"

Here's the first paragraph:

John McCain chose the supremely under-qualified Sarah Palin as his running mate partly because she is a woman. If you have a problem with that, you're a sexist. She talks incessantly about being a mother of five and uses her newborn, Trig, who has Down syndrome, as a campaign prop. If you wonder how she'll handle all those kids and the Veep job too, you're a super-sexist. "When do they ever ask a man that question?" charges that fiery feminist Rudy Giuliani. Indeed, Palin, who went back to work when Trig was three days old, gets nothing but praise from Phyllis Schlafly, James Dobson and the folks at National Review, who usually blame all the ills of modern America on those neurotic, harried, selfish, frustrated, child-neglecting, husband-castrating working mothers. Even stranger, her five-months-pregnant 17-year-old, Bristol, gets nothing but compassion and respect from Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and others who have spent their careers slut-shaming teens for having sex--and blaming their parents for letting it happen.


Dennise said...

Dan Savage wrote a piece on Sarah Palin that was spot on in our Chicago Reader. If you can't find it online I'll e-mail the text to you.

Lindsay said...

I'm also trying to break my addiction to ragging on Sarah Palin. Most of my friends/relatives/acquiantances are on the verge of sending me cease and desist letters because I've been filling their inboxes with op-ed pieces on Ms. Baracuda. We should be talking about things like this instead: