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Why Isn’t Sarah Palin a Feminist Icon?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:27 am - August 30, 2010.
Filed under: Sarah Palin,Strong Women

If the true goal of feminism were securing the success of women in all sectors of our society, feminist leaders would be regularly singing the praises of the immediate past Governor of the Last Frontier.  I mean, conservatives, particularly social conservatives, supposedly the political group least open to the advancement of women, have been the most ready to embrace Mrs. Palin.

They line up to buy her books, travel from all corners of the country to hear her speak at the Lincoln Memorial, find inspiration in her Facebook posts, look up to her as a role model and hero.  In short, this woman has become an inspiration to and potential leader for, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Americans.  Doesn’t their acclaim for this accomplished woman in itself validate the notion that women can inspire and lead?

And while right-wingers rally ’round this Republican, their left-wing counterparts are drawn to her like moths to a flame.   She, Sarah Palin, a woman, commands attention merely by speaking her mind. 

Instead of welcoming her rise, Palin, as Jennifer Rubin (in a most excellent post) puts it,

. . . clearly has the left in a tizzy. They have finally gotten it: she is redefining feminism. In the New York Times, two liberal feminists exhibit more than a little anxiety over the Palin juggernaut. To put it bluntly, they have Palin envy.

(Read the whole thing.  Rubin and I have similar feelings about Glenn Beck.)  

Maybe, feminists don’t like the former GOP Vice Presidential nominee because, as Rubin adds, Palin “has proved by example that a woman politician need not spout the pro-big government, pro-abortion, pro-welfare-state line.”  The charismatic woman has become “the most effective female politician in the country.”

But, maybe effective female conservatives just can’t qualify as feminist successes.

(H/t:  Instapundit.)

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41 Comments

  1. they hate her because she exemplifies the individual achievement rather than the collective achievement.

    Comment by The Griper — August 30, 2010 @ 3:07 am - August 30, 2010

  2. There was much the same reaction by liberal feminists to Margaret Thatcher, and for the same reasons.

    Comment by Blair Ivey — August 30, 2010 @ 3:44 am - August 30, 2010

  3. It’s mainly the abortion thing. She allowed her daughter to carry an inconvenient child to term. She herself gave birth to a child that most liberal women regard as defective. Not aborting under those circumstances was the gravest imaginable offense to modern feminism.

    Comment by V the K — August 30, 2010 @ 5:57 am - August 30, 2010

  4. I can’t rule out jealousy.

    Comment by Aunt Ralph — August 30, 2010 @ 7:08 am - August 30, 2010

  5. She’s attractive and the FemiNazis aren’t.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — August 30, 2010 @ 7:18 am - August 30, 2010

  6. Successful, self motivated family woman and attractive and (to quote Joe Biden) ‘clean and articulate’?

    She’s everything the feminist movement isn’t!

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 30, 2010 @ 8:34 am - August 30, 2010

  7. Sarah Palin has covered herself in the conservative media security blanket after she proved to everyone that she couldn’t handle even the slightest scrutiny. She abandoned her political post, walled herself off from criticism at Fox News, and takes embarrassing little potshots from her Twitter account and MySpace page. This is not political leadership – she’s divested herself from any position of credibility or accountability so that she can sit in the back of the class making snide comments under her breath.

    I don’t know what the hell it means to say that she’s redefining feminism – all she does is trade in platitudes as far as I can tell. What’s her great contribution to women? She was plucked from obscurity to the national stage and after things didn’t go her way, she quit her job and cashed out to the tune of millions and millions of dollars. Conservative media has told the well-trained conservative media consumers to love Sarah Palin regardless and they’re obliging. She’s let herself be turned into a product that sells incredibly well to a small slice of the electorate, but she’s abandoned her political responsibilities entirely because it was more important to her to get rich. This is some kind of uplifting fable about girl power?

    I hope she’ll run for President in 2012, but I don’t think that even she is that stupid. If she has to wander outside of her little media bubble, she’s going to get blasted and she knows it. She simply isn’t smart or articulate enough for national politics.

    Comment by Levi — August 30, 2010 @ 8:38 am - August 30, 2010

  8. V the K said it already, but I’ll reiterate: she committed the two gravest sins against feminist orthodoxy — she gave birth to a Down syndrome child and when her teenage daughter became pregnant, she didn’t march her off to the abortionist. Palin had the gall to adhere to the principles she preached.

    Comment by Guy — August 30, 2010 @ 9:06 am - August 30, 2010

  9. Imitation being the highest form of flattery, two lefty feminists in the New York (Waste of) Times whine that the left needs a Sarah Palin of its own. Specifically, and validating my point, they want a figure that’s as iconic as Sarah Palin, but pro-abortion.

    Comment by V the K — August 30, 2010 @ 9:26 am - August 30, 2010

  10. Sarah Palin does not fit the Gloria Steinem liberal mold; therefore, she is seen as the enemy. The Left wants to destroy Palin for this reason because she is appealing to everyone & real.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — August 30, 2010 @ 9:58 am - August 30, 2010

  11. Why Isn’t Sarah Palin a Feminist Icon?

    She isn’t?

    I could mean “real feminist” women who appreciate Palin’s strength and ability to live on her own terms, but I don’t. Palin is an icon among left-wing “feminist” women as well – just an icon that exposes their hypocrisy and emptiness and arouses their envy. Isn’t that a form of worship, albeit a twisted form?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 30, 2010 @ 10:00 am - August 30, 2010

  12. I disagree with Sarah Palin on a lot of things, and yet I really like her. I don’t see why it’s so hard for liberals or conservatives to like people they disagree with. Obama should have gone on vacation in Alaska. He should have spent the day with the Palin family, having moose stew and learning about snowmobiles. His kids should have played with Trig. And he should have come out to the porch with Sarah saying, “You know, we still don’t agree, but she’s a great woman with a great family, and I look forward to continuing to battle with her in the political arena for years to come.”

    But that’s exactly the kind of thing Obama won’t deign to do. Which is why he’s so unpopular.

    Comment by Ashpenaz — August 30, 2010 @ 10:25 am - August 30, 2010

  13. “Barack Obama has covered himself in the MSNBC media security blanket after he proved to everyone that he couldn’t handle even the slightest scrutiny. He abandoned his political post in the Senate, walled himself off from criticism at the White House, and takes embarrassing little potshots from scripted events while dodging reporters and golfing.”

    There, fixed it.

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 30, 2010 @ 10:52 am - August 30, 2010

  14. Barack Obama has covered Himself in the Mainstream Media security blanket and teleprompter after He proved to everyone that He couldn’t handle even the slightest scrutiny. He abandoned his Senate seat, walled Himself off from criticism at Fox News, and takes embarrassing little potshots at George Bush on His Twitter account and MySpace page. This is not political leadership – He’s divested Himself from any position of credibility or accountability so that He can sit in the back of the class making snide comments under His breath.

    I don’t know what in Hell it means to say that He’s fundamentally transforming America – all He does is trade in platitudes and blatant lies as far as I can tell. What’s His great contribution to Post Partisan Politics? He was plucked from voting “present” to the national stage and after things didn’t go His way, He quit Post Partisan Politics and played the “race card” and reported income to the tune of millions and millions of dollars with no visible source. Mainstream media has told the well-trained mainstream media consumers to love Barack Obama regardless and they’re obliging. He’s turned Himself into a product that sells incredibly well to a small slice of the electorate, but He’s abandoned His obligation of President of all the people entirely because it was more important to Him to get rich and above the destruction of the plague of His socialism. This is some kind of uplifting fable about Obama power?

    I hope He’ll run for President in 2012, but I don’t think that even He is that stupid. If He has to wander outside of His media bubble, He’s going to get blasted and He knows it. He simply isn’t smart or articulate enough for national politics without the teleprompter and the adoring sycophants in the mainstream media He has raised the esteem for Jimmy Carter by one step.

    Comment by heliotrope — August 30, 2010 @ 11:02 am - August 30, 2010

  15. Oops. Serious overlap here with The_Livewire.

    Comment by heliotrope — August 30, 2010 @ 11:02 am - August 30, 2010

  16. GMTA heliotrope.

    “When small minds abound they must.” Hohiro Kurita.

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 30, 2010 @ 11:40 am - August 30, 2010

  17. It wasn’t that Bristol allowed the child to be born, she (and the family) took responsibility for the child.

    She has a husband who truly supports her and is not threatened by her success.

    She takes care of her body.

    She does not complain how hard it is to be a working mom, ala CBS Katie.

    She understands America has it’s problems but she is and has always been proud to be an American.

    Liberals hate all those things in a woman.

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — August 30, 2010 @ 11:53 am - August 30, 2010

  18. Conservative women are hot. That’s one good reason to watch Fox News. (R. Maddow, NOT!!!)

    Comment by anon23532 — August 30, 2010 @ 12:03 pm - August 30, 2010

  19. She simply doesn’t fit the prescribed narrative…..nothing more!

    Comment by jdcroft2001 — August 30, 2010 @ 12:38 pm - August 30, 2010

  20. She simply doesn’t fit the prescribed narrative…..nothing more!

    Gosh, JD, when you put it that way, you make it sound like progressives are narrow-minded and incapable of dealing with people who don’t fit the confines of their stereotypes.

    Comment by V the K — August 30, 2010 @ 2:02 pm - August 30, 2010

  21. Hey Levi, if she’s so meaningless and insignificant, why did the liberal media expend more energy investigating her than Chairman Obama?

    Why the frivolous lawsuits wasting Alaska’s time and money?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — August 30, 2010 @ 2:34 pm - August 30, 2010

  22. I think the reason progressive women/”feminists” don’t like her is that they claim they are all about “choice” but the reality is that they just want everyone to make their choices & Sarah Palin has never done that. They spent the 60’s & 70’s telling women that being a mother wasn’t enough, that it was more important to put yourself and your career before your family and if you don’t buy into that, than you don’t get to call yourself a feminist. These kind of women are the ones that constantly bitch and moan about being able to decide what to do with their own bodies, but look down their noses at women that choose to give birth rather than abort a child that may not be exactly convenient.
    Well, if you’re “pro-choice” should you be ok with a woman choosing to carry her child?

    The reality is that feminism should be about empowering women to choose any path they want, it should be about letting women know that they have many opportunities and choosing to pursue any of them is a vaild choice. Sarah Palin exemplifies that kind of feminism. She’s a mom that works but still makes an effort to be involved with her family & her kids. And when her kids were becoming the brunt of so much negative press, when her family was being put through the ringer emotionally and financially (with frivilous ethics hearings that had no legs, which she & her husband had to hire legal council for) and when she was being stimied in her job by constantly having to deal with the roadblocks her detractors were trying to throw in her way (the ethics hearings again) she put her family & the people of Alaska first. Somehow I can’t see Nancy Pelosi putting anything or anyone before her own self-interests.

    Comment by Kristie — August 30, 2010 @ 2:38 pm - August 30, 2010

  23. Progressivism is not about empowering ANYBODY to think independently or do what they want. It only cares about the people it claims to protect and represent — women, gays, non-whites, etc. — as long as they stay on the reservation and toe the Leftist party line.

    We are leaving the reservation for real freedom in the real world — and our self-appointed overlords don’t like that. That’s the reason why they are antagonistic about people like Sarah Palin.

    Comment by Lori Heine — August 30, 2010 @ 3:16 pm - August 30, 2010

  24. Liberals will vote for such air heads as Boxer, Jackson-Lee, Granholm, but can only come up with sexist slams against palin. Jackson_Lee remember didn’t know the diff between the moon and Mars. DUhh.
    steve and Levi are in for a tough 60 days….
    check out this clip from liberal POLITICO on liberals MSNBC…..
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/08/30/politico_democrats_cutting_ties_to_incumbents.html

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — August 30, 2010 @ 3:36 pm - August 30, 2010

  25. Sarah Palin is a great person. She has strong ideas that can improve people’s lives – being anti-abortion, pro-TEA Party fiscal issues, very anti-Islamist, and pro-gun rights – and is renewing the image of Feminist principles. I hope that GOProud, along with Sarah Palin, can some day work together and renew the image of Gay Rights principles.

    Enough with the annual Gay Pride Parades and promiscuous sex — gay men and lesbians across America need to be good parents with (privately) adopted children to form their own families; have civil unions (legal) and call them marriage, husbands, and wives (privately) as they wish. But if you’re a single gay man or lesbian woman then I honestly don’t care what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own bedrooms.

    Daniel Blatt also had a great blog post in which I contributed my own sensible conservative ideas to Gay Rights principles.

    Comment by Totakikay — August 30, 2010 @ 4:41 pm - August 30, 2010

  26. #7. . Conservative media? You smoking something very potent?

    Comment by Ryan — August 30, 2010 @ 5:50 pm - August 30, 2010

  27. Ryan, Levi’s an admitted socialist, believes that President Obama is a center-right politician, and thinks we should all be dragged kicking nad screaming into his utopia because he’s so much more intelligent than us.

    All this and under 30l what a guy

    1

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 30, 2010 @ 5:59 pm - August 30, 2010

  28. And Levi also explained on Sunday that massive deficits under Democrat presidents don’t matter because Government debt isn’t like regular people debt and Government spending “stimulates” the economy, so, the more the better. He has not yet explained why much smaller deficits under Republican presidents are catastrophic as his Democrat masters claimed for so many years under Bush.

    Comment by V the K — August 30, 2010 @ 6:30 pm - August 30, 2010

  29. V: you tried pot in college, right? That small act so upset the balance of the universe that it forced me and 100,000 other people to become heroin users. Our heroin use is your fault and what’s more, by quadrupling our heroin intake with government help, we can cure our addictions and bring balance to The Force. Convenient, huh?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 30, 2010 @ 6:39 pm - August 30, 2010

  30. So, ILC, are you saying… I can buy pot from you?

    Comment by V the K — August 30, 2010 @ 7:13 pm - August 30, 2010

  31. While the abortion issue may have been one aggravating factor, I don’t think it’s THE reason, for the simple reason that if Palin had been running on the Democratic ticket, her decisions to have her Down baby and to counsel her daughter against abortion would’ve been praised by liberals as welcome proof that not all “pro-choice liberal Democrats” are actually baby-killing Johnny One-Notes on abortion.

    In fact, had Palin been running as Obama’s VP choice, liberal feminists and left-leaning media outlets would’ve deified her — even if she were in every sense the same woman she is apart from her nominal political alignment — because her presence on the ticket as “Trig’s mom and Tripp’s grandma” would have been a much-needed counterbalance and distraction from Obama’s own record on partial-birth abortion.

    So it’s mainly because she has the poor taste to be politically conservative, and living her anti-abortion convictions is secondary at most.

    Comment by Throbert McGee — August 30, 2010 @ 7:17 pm - August 30, 2010

  32. But if you want another “aggravating factor” besides the pro-life stance: Palin’s association with a church whose pastor flatly describes homosexuality as a sin outrages the bien pensant progressives who’ve seized on same-sex marriage as THE MOST URGENT CIVIL RIGHTS BATTLE OF OUR TIME!!!

    If you’re this sort of progressive and want to keep your friendships with other progressives, you’re practically obliged to denounce Palin just to prove that you don’t harbor unacceptable views about GBLTQetc. issues.

    Comment by Throbert McGee — August 30, 2010 @ 7:19 pm - August 30, 2010

  33. Another objection I keep hearing from my progressive friends…the people we like “associate with” people who don’t like us.

    And we all know that NEVER happens on the Left…

    Comment by Lori Heine — August 30, 2010 @ 8:54 pm - August 30, 2010

  34. She needs a hit single, and there, done and done. Icon.

    Comment by darkeyedresolve — August 30, 2010 @ 8:59 pm - August 30, 2010

  35. Because she is not a victim

    Comment by Church Mouse Republican — August 30, 2010 @ 9:22 pm - August 30, 2010

  36. Progressive activists can support Christian people – who have gay/lesbian relatives or friends – by helping them to question their beliefs about homosexuality through civil and open-minded dialogue. No need for Liberalist activism to legalize same-sex marriage. And many Americans of Christian faith aren’t trying to systematically persecute and kill homosexuals, something radical Islamists would do.

    I used to be a devout Christian but even then, until now, I was able to question my beliefs about homosexuality. Since then homosexuality was never immoral to me. For most Americans who happen to be Gay and Christian, that can be a shaky and emotional journey. If Progressives really cared about gay and lesbian people they would support the fact that they can be Christian and Gay. And if Conservatives really cared about gay and lesbian people they would support the fact that they can be Muslim and Gay, too O___O

    Comment by Totakikay — August 30, 2010 @ 9:43 pm - August 30, 2010

  37. @36: My comment was about Sarah Palin being a devout Christian. Progressives don’t need to bash her Christianity but they can help her question her beliefs about homosexuality. Progressives can support Sarah Palin by telling her that she’s no less of a Christian or Child of God (or whatever) for doing so.

    Comment by Totakikay — August 30, 2010 @ 9:50 pm - August 30, 2010

  38. Look up the term “queen bee” as it relates to feminism/the women’s rights movement and then perhaps you have the answer to the question.

    Comment by Kevin — August 31, 2010 @ 7:31 pm - August 31, 2010

  39. Dan,

    Let me put my 2 cents in on this post by saying that you and Rubin are nuts where Glenn Beck is concerned.

    No conservative should fret over the rhetoric of a true American patriot like Beck — especially since the Left never worries about its rhetoric in the slightest.

    Comment by Classical Liberal Dave — August 31, 2010 @ 10:55 pm - August 31, 2010

  40. CLDave, was just in Utah where a close Mormon friend expressed similar sentiments about this fellow of his faith, but we both thought we might enjoy reading one of Beck’s books, given our general agreement with his ideas and a shared appreciation for the Founders. But, we find him hard to take on TV. Might better relate to him via the printed word.

    So, if you can recommend one of his books, let me know which one you like the best.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — August 31, 2010 @ 11:16 pm - August 31, 2010

  41. BDB and CDL, I’ll tell you, I feel the same way about Sean Hannity; I find watching or listening to him excruciating. But he seems a decent sort, and his approach reaches people that might be put off by the hosts I like better… say Dennis Miller, or Jerry Doyle.

    I kind of take an Apostle Paul approach to all the different conservatives on TV and radio; As long as the gospel is being preached, I don’t care so much care who is preaching it.

    Comment by V the K — September 1, 2010 @ 10:06 am - September 1, 2010

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