Dan Riehl: The Washington Post’s War On Women and Sarah Palin

This morning, the Washington Post published a very shallow article by Diana Reese, who attended the Steelman rally in Missouri last Friday. Dan Riehl responded:

What to make of this, other than, it’s not okay to be sexist but it’s Sarah Palin, so I will be?

“When Palin took to the makeshift stage in the middle of a Missouri farm field, she was dressed more for the part of Hollywood celebrity than serious politician. I know someone’s going to remind me that just last week, I said it was sexist to focus on the wardrobes of women in politics. But it was hard for me to take Palin seriously dressed as she was.”

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This is why I contend that the real war on women originates on the left. Outside of the entertainment field, to qualify for protected status on the left, a woman needs to leave behind those things that might make her appear uniquely feminine to a man.

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But as for what one might call a real woman, one a man might find himself attracted to, or even want to spend some time with, in the mind of those on the left today, they can’t possibly be worth taking seriously.

So, who is actually waging war on women in American society when it comes right down to it? As far as I’m concerned, it’s the left and liberals and always has been.

You can read Dan’s entire piece here.

This WaPo article is particularly funny when you read what Reese wrote just a few days ago in regard to Michelle Obama’s wardrobe. She wrote:

“We are still such a sexist society.”

And:

“Let’s quit worrying about clothes and focus on issues instead.”

I would love to, but instead I’m responding to your article about Governor Palin’s clothes, Ms. Reese.

I assume that Reese, like most liberals, thinks sexism only applies to women on the left. How else do you explain these lines from the Palin article, after writing what she wrote in the Michelle Obama piece?:

But it was hard for me to take Palin seriously dressed as she was.

First, her shoes: Five-inch wedges. Her black capris weren’t quite skin-tight but tight enough, and her t-shirt with its Superman logo (a Steelman campaign shirt emblazoned with “Our freedom. Our fight.”) emphasized her figure. She never once removed her oversized sunglasses.

I’m sorry, but I’d like my minister, my doctor and yes, my politicians, to look and dress for their parts.

Their part? I suppose Reese would take Governor Palin more “seriously”  if she chopped off her hair, and wore a frumpy pastel colored suit like Democrat women do. That isn’t the way Governor Palin rolls, and thank God. By the way, why would Governor Palin remove her prescription sunglasses when she’s standing out in the sun?

Everyone working the Steelman campaign wore Steelman T-shirts that day. I happen to love that Governor Palin sees herself as part of the team, and took to wearing one herself. Her glasses were mandatory to see, and the pants and shoes went great with the shirt. It’s Summertime in Missouri, Ms. Reese… Lighten up.



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