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: