In her interview with Megyn Kelly Thursday, Gov. Palin continued to evoke a new brand of “feminism” that expects equal treatment but doesn’t pit women against men as perpetual “victims” …
Responding to criticism by oldline feminist Gloria Steinham that she and Michele Bachmann have “sold out the women’s movement” and that they are women “only a man could love,” Palin said (in part):
People like Michele Bachmann and me and millions of other women … we work inside and outside the home, we raise families, we run businesses, we run for office, we put others before self, and we desire to serve something greater than self in order to make the world a better place, and Megyn you do the same thing … we are the women’s movement. We are illustrating equality, and empowerment of other women.
Our own C4P legend, Lipstick, added one of the best commentaries I’ve seen on what this “new” equality really represents.
In a post on the interview thread she wrote:
Most women are like me and Gov. Palin. I am educated, hold a professional job, have a husband and family and like to do “girl” things. I love to keep my home up and to see my boy and hubby enjoy and appreciate that.
I can do pretty much anything that needs to be done, since hubby is usually gone on business all week, I have to. I have walked on rafters in the attic at 2 AM with a flashlight to see where the water was coming from, I have changed a tire because hubby was out of town, I have done all sorts of home repairs and auto repairs to “make it” till hubby got home to fix it more permanently. Yet, I love it when hubby is home and can just do all the “man” stuff for me.
I also work hard, like to sweat and get in there with the guys at the gym in the free weights area. I even pick on some of them about hogging the 90lbs….which is a joke since I use 15’s and 20’s!
These feminists have such a close minded view of what being a woman is all about. We can take care of ourselves and make tough decisions, yet don’t mind men being around to do men stuff. I enjoy and admire the things about hubby that is solely “man”, that I can’t do or not do as well. Yet, I see myself as very independent yet I depend on hubby who is my helpmate.
Just today I went for a mammogram in the AM and looked at a new pair of running shoes I plan to buy tomorrow that I plan to run hard and strong in, just like a man. Two activities that are on opposite sides of the spectrum.
Gloria Steinham and her kind insult the majority of American women when they make those types of comments.
Our own Del Parker (Irish Coins) posted this thought on the Palin-Kelly exchange in his excellent piece “The Tide Waits for No One“:
Thursday’s date was one that may well be taught in future history books, Aug 18, 2011. The day the torch of leadership of the women’s movement passed to Sarah Louise Palin. And notice Sarah rechristens it, as of old, “the Women’s Movement,” and no more “the Feminist Movement.”
And I look again at the calendar. Yes, this is a week and a day before Aug 26, the 91st anniversary of the 19th Amendment becoming law: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex ….”
I would just like to second the thoughts expressed by Gov. Palin, Lipstick and Del Parker. As to the Steinham contention that Gov. Palin is someone “only a man could love” … I guess I’ll just point out that I am NOT A MAN, I don’t feel like a sell-out, and I LOVE GOV. PALIN. I also waited in line overnight at a Palin book signing with my “girl” cousin and hundreds of other women who LOVE THE GUV as much as me.
So perhaps Gloria just needs to get out of the house more often.
You know, explore the big and beautiful world beyond her kitchen!