This is not what a feminist looks like

December 16, 2009 § 3 Comments

Persons, Sarah Palin is NOT a feminist! I say this not because she’s an idiot or even necessarily because she’s a Republican, but because of her individual beliefs and actions.

Let’s, again, be clear. (And you, DC Conservative Examiner Melanie Harmon, should pay attention). Just because a person has a vag, just because she’s got lots of money and fans, just because she is was a politician, just because she is a working mom, all those things do not equal feminist. A feminist believes that sexism is damaging; that women and men should enjoy equal opportunities and treatment whether it’s at home, school, the work, or in politics, and that a woman’s right to choose what she wants to do with her own body must be respected.

Sarah Palin, however, doesn’t believe any of this. First of all, she’s staunchly anti-choice (she doesn’t want the government touching health care, except when it comes to horning in on women’s health and their decision to have a baby or not). What’s more, she’s doing a fabulous job of  exploiting  sexism to fit her own goals, as Jessica Valenti pointed out. And that’s the keyword here. Her goals. She has found a way to benefit from a system of kyriarchy and has so far shown no indication that she wants to change it. A feminist, fundamentally, wants change.

So take a good, hard look. This is not what a feminist looks like:

THIS IS NOT WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE

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§ 3 Responses to This is not what a feminist looks like

  • A.Y. Siu says:

    Although there are dangers in people getting too caught up in semantics, the label feminist is quite powerful, whether used properly or pejoratively.

    I think the main difference between feminists and non-feminists is that feminists tend to be concerned about long-term freedom and see a bit of the bigger picture in terms of how legislation, social culture, education, and economics affect various types of women (“Not all women will want immediately to take advantage of these opportunities, but the opportunities should exist in case some women want to”), and non-feminists tend to be concerned mainly about how those things affect them as individuals (“I find it ‘empowering’ for me, so it’s a good thing, even if others find it demeaning or too traditional”).

    • Christina says:

      the label feminist is quite powerful
      I agree! Sometimes it’s a complex, not-easily-definable-term and I think that’s how people get away with appropriating and misusing it.

      Also here’s a lack of education about feminism, about sexism, gender roles and how they connect with history and the “bigger picture” that you mentioned, which contributes to this problem.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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