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The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today's winner is Dr. Wendy Doniger, a professor of History of Religions at the University of Chicago. She gets the award for writing the following about Sarah Palin at the Washington Post website-

Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman. The Republican party's cynical calculation that because she has a womb and makes lots and lots of babies (and drives them to school! wow!) she speaks for the women of America, and will capture their hearts and their votes, has driven thousands of real women to take to their computers in outrage. She does not speak for women; she has no sympathy for the problems of other women, particularly working class women.
What a load of misogynistic bullcrap. Read that first sentence, Palin is a hypocrite for being a woman. Are the billions of women on this planet the same, or just the ones who hold the same views of Dr. Doniger.

Jay wrote a excellent post here on this very topic. If you haven't read it all already, I suggest you go back and do so. I'll quote just a little bit of what Jay had to say.

Hmm. I can't say that I have personal knowledge of the matter, but I'm fairly certain that Governor Palin meets all the legal and biological requirements for a woman. One can certainly infer it from the available evidence -- her physical appearance, her legally-sanctioned marriage to a man, her history of having borne multiple children, her doctor's statements, and whatnot all point to her having two X chromosomes, and they having expressed their presence in the traditional way.

But that isn't enough for people like Dr. Doniger. Because to her type, simply being an adult female human being isn't enough to be a "woman." You also have to buy into significant portions of what has been lumped into the overarching political philosophy that has taken the name "feminism." If you don't ascribe to those beliefs, then you're just another male oppressor with overactive man-boobs and a missing penis.

Has anyone seen such vitriol expressed by either US party in response to the other party's VP candidate in recent memory. Admittedly Dan Quayle was mocked back in 1988, but nothing then compares with the attacks Sarah Palin has had to undergo. The personal attacks look to be boomeranging as John McCain has drawn even with if not passed Obama in the polls. This in a year the Democrats looked guaranteed to win back the Presidency. I predicted such at the beginning of 2008. Independent voters will decide the election, and right now they are flocking to the McCain-Palin ticket. Will it continue to election day?

In the meantime I name Dr. Wendy Doniger, a professor of History of Religions at the University of Chicago today's Knucklehead of the Day.


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Comments (8)

Clearly you don't think tha... (Below threshold)
JohnP:

Clearly you don't think that she means Palin is pretending to be a woman but really isn't. It is quite clear that she meant "pretext" and not "pretense".

After all, in the very next sentence she talks about Palin having a womb.

It is obvious to those (including me) who have decent reading comprehension that she meant that Palin is suggesting that because she is a woman her opinions reflect those of women generally, when in reality her positions the polar opposite of Hillary Clinton's on pretty much every issue.

Now - shall we discuss Palin's corruption, abuses of power, and ridicule of community organizers who put their own careers on hold to help people on the community level? Let's not forget that she lies, admits she's lying, and then keeps repeating the old lies without missing a beat.

As a Christian I am appalled at someone whose behavior is completely against everything Jesus taught us, while at the same time acting holier than thou.

Seems to me that that is a bit more relevant to the election than the misuse of a word by someone unconnected to Obama's campaign.

"Has anyone seen such vitri... (Below threshold)
Mom for Obama:

"Has anyone seen such vitriol expressed by either US party in response to the other party's VP candidate in recent memory. "

No, probably because we've never seen a VP candidate involved in so many scandals. We've never seen a candidate tell such blatant lies even after being called out on them. McCain has terrible judgment he did not check her out enough.

"No, probably because we've... (Below threshold)

"No, probably because we've never seen a VP candidate involved in so many scandals."

Um...there's a difference between having lefty blogs make up scandals about a candidate and feed them to the press, and actually being "involved" in scandals.

If I fabricate 100 scandalous stories about Obama, and post them on my blog, it doesn't mean he's "involved" in 100 scandals.

Try again.

I feel that Palin's tribute... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

I feel that Palin's tribute to Hillary and Feraro after her selection was a bad move. I think it was a slightly insincere statement from a woman who is normally not afraid to call it as it is. It was meant to be gracious but sounded to me a bit gratuitous. Also, I don't think attracting Hillary peel offs was the main reason McCain selected Palin. If it happened, great, but I am not sure he expected a major exodus to the Republican side by these women. Palin is an outsider and has a concrete history of fighting corruption and I think McCain really respects that sort of person who has no fear taking on the establishment; and what does the typical female Democrat Hillary supporter have in common with Palin anyway. I am sure Ms. Palin has her flaws and has made mistakes. Her rapid rise in politics suggests she has savvy and that sometimes brings problems. But nothing I have seen yet turns me off to Ms. Palin in the least. I agree with Dr. Doniger that Sarah Palin does not speak for women. However, I am willing to bet that Palin has about as much interest herself in speaking for women per se as Tiger Woods has shown in speaking for people of color. I disagree completely that she has no sympathy for the problems of women, particularly working class women. Considering Dr. Doniger is a Professor of History and Religion at the University of Chicago - tenured - I would guess Palin has alot more sympathy with the problems of the working American woman than Dr. Doniger, just a hunch. I've talked to some of these types when I was on staff at a University and the concerns of the average American working woman was the least of their genuine concerns.

Is Wendy Doninger really a ... (Below threshold)

Is Wendy Doninger really a professor of anything, other than maybe Bovine Scatology?

"she has no sympathy for th... (Below threshold)
Mike:

"she has no sympathy for the problems of other women, particularly working class women."

This statement reminded me of the hilarious blog "Stuff White People Like" and its Feb. 10, 2008 entry, "#62 - Knowing what's best for poor people".

But really, you have to feel sorry for Prof. Doniger. Imagine spending your entire life pining for an Ivy League education, graduating with an advanced degree from an Ivy League school, and then tirelessly working as a university professor and political activist. You're so smart! You get it! You care so deeply! And then you and your peers are upstaged by some Bible-thumping, moose-gutting, fake-and-bake beauty queen straight off the set of Hee-Haw. How dare she be allowed to govern! How dare she!!

Oh, the pain.

Just some more horse dung f... (Below threshold)

Just some more horse dung from the left-wing elites. Keep it coming. It may well be a landslide for the McCain-Palin ticket. One thing is that people do not like elites-conservative, Republican, liberal, Democrat, putting down the very people that they need to vote for them. Just to be fair, so-called conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks is not much better. Read today's conservative anti-Palin screed.

Astroturf Alert! Astroturf... (Below threshold)
newton:

Astroturf Alert! Astroturf Alert!




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