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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-08 04:26 PM
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An excellent article by Jane Smiley - RE:Sarah Palin
Edited on Sat Aug-30-08 04:27 PM by BrklynLiberal

Make Her Whine
Already the Democratic pundits are worrying about whether to attack Sarah Palin -- will it look like bullying? Will it make voters sympathize with her? Will it make voters identify with her and vote for her? Women are supposed to lay off her because -- she is a woman! The thinking goes that we can't question her choices because women's choices are sacrosanct. Nor can we investigate her life (beauty queen, Christian Dominionist, links to Ted Stevens, childbearing history) because those are private issues. But what Sarah Palin shows is that once again, the right wing is adept at turning the women's movement upside down and offering us a woman who reinforces patriarchal power rather than challenges it. Palin is another Margaret Thatcher or Ann Coulter, a woman who attaches herself to men in power and then does them one better. She uses the freedom that the women's movement has brought her quash the liberation of women with other views than hers. The bitch is in there, as it is with Coulter and Thatcher and Katherine Harris. The Democrats have to bring that bitch out and she has given us the right to do it.

Did she really accuse Hillary Clinton of "whining?" Then she's already told us that she won't mind any challenge -- that she can rise to any question. I want to see her do it. The personal is political, after all. Here are some issues she has to explain: What is her religion and who is her pastor? Is she a Christian Dominionist and how does she feel about the separation of church and state? How does she square her roles as mother and politican? Who is taking care of the kids while she is away, including the baby? If it's the husband, I'm glad. If it's a nanny and always has been, then I want to know how a wealthy woman with a nanny helps women in general -- wealthy women with nannies are nothing new. If she's into "family values," I want to know what they are, and how the nanny views Palin's "family values." If she produced a child at 44, I want to know if she believes in birth control, because birth control is a political issue. I also want to know her views on the government's obligations to the disabled. Do the disabled children of rich people get special treatments that their parents can afford, while the disabled children of poor people get nothing? Who is the boss in her family? If it's her, then I want to know how that squares with Christian notions of patriarchy. If it's the husband, then I want to know his values and beliefs about all the issues that face the nation, and I want to know who will actually be the vice president. I want to see her tax returns. I want to see his tax returns.
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We had years to relate to HIllary Clinton. We saw her through good times and bad. We saw her do things we didn't agree with, and we saw her do things we did agree with. She was an open book in many ways. Sarah Palin accused her of "whining." I didn't agree with Clinton, and I didn't support her, but I never accused her of whining. That "whining" remark is the hallmark of a bitchy and and arrogant point of view -- a characteristic of all conservative women politicians. So, Sarah thinks she can take it. I say we give it to her good.


more at...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jane-smiley/make-her-whin...
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diddlysquat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-08 05:00 PM
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1. Bravo!
That's our Jane!
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Danascot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-08 09:54 PM
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2. I'm glad Jane is taking on Palin as a project
In the coming days it'll be fun to watch as she takes her apart piece by piece.
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Oak2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-08 10:48 PM
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3. Amen
The confusion btw is what happens when you forget that feminism is a *social* movement, not a personal privilege. Pop these circumstances back into their social context, and all those "choices" don't look so private and personal and protected.

BTW this works with any Republican token of any physical shape or shade of color. Rights, and oppression, only make sense in a social context, and any "oppressed minority member" who shows up alongside their oppressors with the intent to work for the oppressor is always fair game.
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-08 10:50 PM
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4. K&R!!!!!
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 07:49 AM
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5. Error: you can only recommend threads which were started in the past 24 hours. (NT)
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 08:55 AM
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6. Kick...
:kick:
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1corona4u Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:19 AM
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7. "Did she really accuse Hillary Clinton of "whining?" Then she's already told us that she won't mind
Good point!
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