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"Palin threatens their sexual identity"

This Taranto piece is garnering lots of attention in the 'sphere:

For many liberal women, Palin threatens their sexual identity, which is bound up with their politics in a way that it is not for any other group (possibly excepting gays, though that is unrelated to today's topic).

An important strand of contemporary liberalism is feminism. As a label, "feminist" is passé; outside the academic fever swamps, you will find few women below Social Security age who embrace it.

That is because what used to be called feminism--the proposition that women deserve equality before the law and protection from discrimination--is almost universally accepted today. Politically speaking, a woman is the equal of a man. No woman in public life better symbolizes this than Sarah Palin--especially not Hillary Clinton, the left's favorite icon. No one can deny Mrs. Clinton's accomplishments, but neither can one escape crediting them in substantial part to her role as the wife of a powerful man.

But there is more to feminism than political and legal equality. Men and women are intrinsically unequal in ways that are ultimately beyond the power of government to remediate. That is because nature is unfair. Sexual reproduction is far more demanding, both physically and temporally, for women than for men. Men simply do not face the sort of children-or-career conundrums that vex women in an era of workplace equality.

Except for the small minority of women with no interest in having children, this is an inescapable problem, one that cannot be obviated by political means. Aspects of it can, however, be ameliorated by technology--most notably contraception, which at least gives women considerable control over the timing of reproduction.

As a political matter, contraception is essentially uncontroversial today, which is to say that any suggestion that adult women be legally prevented from using birth control is outside the realm of serious debate. The same cannot be said of abortion, and that is at the root of Palinoia.

To the extent that "feminism" remains controversial, it is because of the position it takes on abortion: not just that a woman should have the "right to choose," but that this is a matter over which reasonable people cannot disagree--that to favor any limitations on the right to abortion, or even to acknowledge that abortion is morally problematic, is to deny the basic dignity of women.

To a woman who has internalized this point of view, Sarah Palin's opposition to abortion rights is a personal affront, and a deep one. It doesn't help that Palin lives by her beliefs. To the contrary, it intensifies the offense.

Taranto isn't only picking on female Palinoia:

Liberal men put down Palin as a cheap way to score points with the women in their lives, or they use her as an outlet for more-general misogynistic impulses that would otherwise be socially unacceptable to express.

Righteous stuff.

Would be good to read it all and pass it on.  Would be even better to send it to a liberal and then watch as they bust a vein or two.


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Comments (8)

She doesn't fear them. She... (Below threshold)

She doesn't fear them. She doesn't care about their opinions. She's not insecure, looking for their approval to provide validation. She ignores their shrieking.

Through her work, she got it all. Success, family, and a loving husband. She's so politically incorrect she makes their eyes bleed.

So they fear her, and must destroy her - because if they don't she'll knock out all their pretensions of superiority, leaving them powerless.

One thing Taranto left out,... (Below threshold)

One thing Taranto left out, I believe on purpose not to make it even more obvious:

Sarah did NOT abort her own handicapped child with Down-Syndrome, a very NO-NO for those so-called pro-choice women, and men who believe that a child with that handicap has no right to live.

I know my comment may be controversial, but let's call a spade a spade!

For those of us who do not support abortions of convenience do not support such actions at all, but raise a child with a handicap with the utmost love possible.

For liberals, Sarah is a moron for that reason alone, don't expect anyone to say it out loud, but I bet between them it has been a discussion!

Taranto has a good take on ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Taranto has a good take on tis. Surber further refines it.

For me, it's not who Sarah Palin is that bothers them. It's that Palin is everything that they are not.

It's a well done article!<b... (Below threshold)

It's a well done article!

I think I'd add the fact that Palin also has an authenticity, a genuine working class background, that many on the left claim to have but don't. The left is all about claiming to be advocates for the poor and the environment, while driving around in their huge SUV's and lecturing people about the importance of buying organic arugula in a Whole Foods. While they're feeling all self rightious about having banned plastic grocery bags for everyone, Palin comes from a group of people that likely re-used every one of those bags as trash liners, as lunch bags, as storage containers. Palin is as authentic as a washed out margarine tub used as tupperware and the 60 dollar stainless steel water bottle crowd is uncomfortable being reminded that they aren't as in touch with everyday people as they think they are.

"It doesn't help that Palin... (Below threshold)

"It doesn't help that Palin lives by her beliefs."

Unlike the hypocritical liberals who castigate her.

One things for sure..Sarah ... (Below threshold)

One things for sure..Sarah has more brains and authenticity then a room full of stuffed shirt snob liberals like Kerry and Barry.

Palin/Bachmann 2012!... (Below threshold)

Palin/Bachmann 2012!!

Who cares - she's unelectab... (Below threshold)

Who cares - she's unelectable.






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