Feminism has become such a subjective term recently. According to Websters, feminism is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. Back in the day, I didn’t consider myself a feminist because I always thought women were better than men so why should we be equal when we should get more? Despite probably being alone in my just-stated theory, I began to realize that women are so far from being considered a man’s equal that perhaps I should focus on equality first before going for ‘more.’ And thus, a feminist was born.
Since the nomination of Sarah Palin as GOP VP candidate (BTW, has anyone heard from McCain lately? Seems to be all Palin, all the time lately), the Republicans have usurped the word ‘feminist’ for their own purpose to promote Palin as a woman for all women (for the GOP, a feminist is someone with a vagina). Except she’s not. A feminist, that is.
Some people out there think that feminism, as the liberals define it, is about abortion rights. I say to those people who feel that way that your view is short sighted. It’s not about securing a safe abortion for all women who want one. Feminism, if it relates to abortion, is about choice. Women have the right to decide what to do with their own bodies, make their own choices over how often to reproduce and how to plan a family (if they want one). NO ONE questions a man’s control over his penis. NO ONE. How is it fair that a woman’s control over her reproductive organs is fair game for criticism and control? Sarah Palin is against all abortions, even in the case of rape or incest. How is this woman a feminist when she is denying victims of rape and incest control over their own bodies (thus allowing the rapist to win)?
Feminists are fighters. It’s about standing up for what you believe in (in this case, equality) and promoting equal rights for women. Yet, there is Palin, standing next to John McCain as his VP candidate and staunch supporter. John McCain is the same man who called his wife a ‘cunt’ in public and opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act , a law that is supposed to protect women and racial minorities from pay discrimination. McCain’s rationale for his opposition? Women just ‘need more training’. Right, McCain. Just like your VP candidate, maybe?
Speaking of fighting (and training), where has Palin been lately? She came out swinging with her acceptance speech, criticizing community organizers (if Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive, I’m sure he’d be offended by her remarks) and Democrats in general. Yet she didn’t offer one constructive solution to the nation’s problems (except DRILL, DRILL, DRILL). And since then, she’s been in seclusion. No interviews at all except with the hard hitting journalists of People magazine. The McCain campaign said she would talk to the media when the media was ready to show Palin some respect. HA! If all the candidates felt that way, we’d have no interviews. So it’s ok for the male candidates to take the hard hitting questions with no respect, but Palin can’t take the heat? Her avoidance of the press is kinda wussy and very antifeminist. Can you imagine if Hillary had gone into hiding when she cried during the primaries, facing all that criticism? Despite all the sexism Hillary faced during her campaign, she never avoided the media.
Speaking of sexism, feminists fight it every day. Instead of denouncing it, Palin is going with it. According to the right wing media, being a working mother, being beautiful, wearing skirt suits instead of pant suits all qualify you for office. I’m sure Condi Rice might have something to say about that.
Right now, Palin is all appearances and no substance. Palin may appear to be the GOP definition of a feminist. But she certainly doesn’t act like one.