Posted by: tazlmo | October 12, 2008

Why Feminists should Reject Sarah Palin

I have heard several conservative pundits and quite a few feminists suggesting women should support Sarah Palin because she is an “empowered” woman who represents progress for women in politics.  Other women suggest they even feel guilty for not supporting Palin.

 

I can think of several reasons why it would be inadvisable for feminists or any other women to support Sarah Palin, not the least of which is that she is simply a token woman on John McCain’s campaign, meant to entice disillusioned Hilary Clinton supporters to vote for him.  Palin has little understanding of political ethics as shown by her consistent abuse of gubernatorial power in regard to hiring and firing.  She is completely unknowledgeable politically and is so misinformed that she actually believes the founding fathers wrote the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Why should we feel guilty for rejecting such and empty and patronizing offering?

 

Women should assertively shun Sarah Palin because she is an anti-feminist who opposes every issue most feminists support, including issues relating to abortion, birth control, sex education, parenting, healthcare, equal pay for equal work, and civil rights.

 

Sarah Palin belongs to the pro-life organization Feminists for Life, which focuses on convincing college age women to choose motherhood and deny abortion.  The group’s web site is filled with quasi feminist history topics, all of which are peculiarly skewed to the perspective of parenthood.  Articles on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, challenges regarding Welfare to Work programs, and the pros and cons regarding the decision to be stay at home moms illustrate the focus placed on birth and motherhood. The website is also filled with pseudo scientific articles and advice stressing the physical and emotional dangers inherent to abortion.

 

Palin supports legal consent laws for young women seeking an abortion, and was reported to be extremely disappointed when Alaska “…lawmakers let a bill die requiring girls under 17 to get parental consent for an abortion.”  Sadly, these types of laws have been shown to create hardship for young women whenever and where ever they are enacted.

 

Sarah Palin describes herself as a pro-life advocate who revels in her conservative “family” values. Though she has gone on the record in favor of contraception, most of the conservative groups Palin identifies with classify 40 percent of all birth control methods as abortion because they all have the same mode of action as emergency contraception.  Limiting your access to those contraceptives has been a special focus of the Bush administration, and one can only imagine what the super conservative Palin would do.

 

Conservative groups insist abstinence is the only truly acceptable birth control method, and like Palin, they insist abstinence education should be included in any sex education program, despite multiple studies showing abstinence education as being largely ineffective. When asked in 2006 if she would support abstinence only education Palin said “Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.”

 

Sarah Palin opposes abortion even in the cases of rape and incest, and insists that any woman who gets pregnant should give birth, regardless of health, age, economic or other circumstances.  Proving that she is seriously dedicated to this philosophy, Palin has a 17 year old daughter who became pregnant and is now set to marry the 17 year old father of her baby.  Rather than treating this delicate situation as the personal tragedy it is, and behaving the way a concerned parent might, Palin took advantage of the situation by exploiting her daughter’s pregnancy to tout her conservative credentials.  Not the kind of parenting I would hope American women model.

 

Like most pro-life advocates who are avid supporters of birth but not interested in providing health services for women and children afterward, Palin opposed a health care bill in her state that would expand health services to all Alaskans.  As governor, Palin also used a line item veto to cut funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live.  Funding for Covenant House, a transitional home for teenage mothers, was cut by 20 percent under the Governor.

 

Palin has not been very vocal regarding pay equity for women, but her running mate McCain has provided plenty of information regarding the likelihood of women receiving equal pay for equal work under his administration.  McCain claims to support pay equity but says he opposes the Ledbetter Bill, which essentially extends the right of women to sue for pay inequities if they experience discrimination.  McCain opposes the bill because “…this kind of legislation, as is typical of what’s being proposed by my friends on the other side of the aisle, opens us up to lawsuits for all kinds of problems…”   Once again the McCain Palin ticket shows its concern for corporate America over the rights of women.

 

In 2006, Palin vetoed state legislation denying benefits to same-sex couples and said she would support a constitutional amendment to deny same-sex couples the same benefits afforded to heterosexual mates.  She also opposes Hate Crime Legislation as does McCain.  Legislation like the Matthew Shepard Act that would protect Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender people from bigotry targeted crimes.  McCain also voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) legislation that would prohibit discrimination in the work force based on sexual orientation.  We can only assume Palin agrees with McCain’s stance since they are “political soul mates.”

 

It is apparent from Sarah Palin’s conservative anti-woman focus that she is not interested in “empowering” the women of America in any meaningful way, but is in reality primarily interested in controlling our sexual lives.  Palin expects women to do without health care, equal pay or protection against discrimination while also believing that more children should be born into the world without those benefits.

 

Feminists should only be embarrassed or feel guilty if they choose to vote for such an anti-feminist force 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: Time, Conservative Believer, Clair Sudduth  . The Daily KOs, Palin thinks Pledge written by Founding Fathers , JLFinch , Aug 31, 2008. .AMERICan Psychology Association, Research Shows That Abstinence-Only Programs Have Limited Effectiveness And Unintended Consequences, Pam Willenz, February, 23, 2005.The Washington Times, Panel debates effectiveness of abstinence education, Thursday, April 24, 2008. Think Progress, Palin Supports Parental Consent Laws For Minors Seeking Abortions, Anchorage Daily News, August 14, 2008.  Huffington Post, McCain opposes equal pay bill in Senate, Libby Quaid, April 23, 2008. Think Progress, Anchorage Daily News, December 21, 2006. Washington Blade, McCain’s gay Q&A, William R. Kapfer , Oct 1, 2008.Fox News, McCain talks Palin on Fox News Sunday, Mosheh Oinounou, August 31st, 2008.

 

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Responses

  1. Loved the article. I’ve been doing my part to keep Palin from even sniffing the White House on my blog, too, at http://www.createcognitivedissonance.wordpress.com – check it out if you have the chance.

    Lately we’ve been discussing Religulous and a gret convo about ‘how we know what we know’ has broken out in the comment lines.

    Have a good one.

    Ben

  2. nice comment above.

    http://culturedecoded.wordpress.com/2008/10/10/barack-obama-and-the-party-that-cant-lose/

  3. You need to read about Jesus’ feminist and pro-choice poistion in the book, The Audacity of Jesus.
    It’s written by an orthodox Jew and it’s what the Religious Right don’t want known.

  4. I would suggest before you make a statement about someone you find our accurate information about their views!

    You are incorrect in stating that Sarah Palin believes that abortion is never an option if a woman’s health is at risk.

    You are also incorrect in your interpretation of Feminists for Life. Women deserve better than to have to live in situations where they have to choose between their career, education, or anything else and having a child.

    As for Sarah Palin exploiting her 17 year old daughter. What credentials do you have to make that assumption? REALLY?! Do you realize how many young girls are living in poverty with NO parent to support them? Sarah Palin has done what a good mother would do-stand by her daughter.

    Your information regarding Sarah Palin vetoing state legislation that would deny benefits to same sex couples is correct because she said that to deny those rights was UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

    People who go posting facts without insuring they are accurate should be embarrassed!

    Just wanted to provide you with some accurate information!

  5. Sarah Palin has stated categorically that abortion should not be available in cases or rape and incest, both of which put mothers at great emotional and physical risk.

    I stand firmly on my interpretation of Feminists for Life as I have done a great deal of research on the organization and visited their web site many times. They skew all their “feminist” views toward motherhood and birth.

    I believe, as a mother, that it was incredibly exploitive for Sarah Palin to make her daughter’s pregnancy public, and to use that pregnancy when selling herself to other conservatives. Remember, she only outed her daughter’s condition to quell rumors that Trig was not her own child.

    The Supreme Court of Alaska ruled in favor of same sex rights and Sarah Palin lamented over not having further avenue to fight against the ruling. She in no way support LGBT rights.

    People who refuse to accept the facts should be embarrassed to argue against them.

    Have a great evening.

  6. I am british and i am aghast with my american sister who flock to this monstrous woman, it really makes me cry!!!!! i have known people who have been raped and seeing the distress makes me want to punch palin’s lights out. rape is so awful with the act alone, never mind if they had to deal with the possibility of bearing the child of someone who has transgressed aginst them so deeply.
    Margret thatcher was a bitch too, people were ignorant enough to think a woman in the top political office would help out her fellow woman and she did nothing of the kind, she was more of a man than many of the men in her cabinet and she made her infleunce felt by being hardline……America learn from our mistakes, vote for policies not for chromsones, please for the love of god or who ever you choose to worship!
    Palin is the devil!!!!!

  7. Thanks for you insightful comment, Lifeisannoying. I share your outrage and totally agree about history teaching us lessons.

    I really appreciate hearing your point of view.

  8. if people say that palin represents progress for women in politics ,ask at what cost? she will have us all barefoot and pregnant. Sex is a natural thing, and maybe it’s because of my upbringing i believe you should be taught about it, not nessecarily by school teachers in an academic enviroment but by your family.
    look at what her “not touchie, no sex ed” attitude did for her daughter, being a teen mother is hard and palin used the situation to her advantage, to show how “wholesome” it was that a shotgun marriage was being arranged. point is people, us women especially, we must not be apathetic and let people in power and then have to suffer with them.

  9. Very good points.

  10. […] Why Feminists should Reject Sarah Palin …which is that she is simply a token woman on John McCain’s campaign, meant to entice disillusioned Hilary Clinton supporters to vote for him. […]


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