"There is difference and there is power. And who holds the power decides the meaning of the difference." --June Jordan

Friday, September 12, 2008

I am sooo not okay with this:


I just heard about this mess at TheF-Word.org, and the photo is from the Washington Times article to which Rachel links there.

I have yet to scroll through the other blogs in my feed-reader today, but I won't be surprised if I see some rants about it more than a few places. I recommend reading Rachel's post, though. It discusses how even though the image above can produce a visceral insulted feeling in feminists like me, the idea behind it is "not so historically far off". Here's my favorite part of her post:
The McCain camp was only half-right when it distorted Obama’s innocent lipstick on a pig adage. Palin isn’t the pig; she’s the lipstick on the sexist pig that is the GOP. Palin has aligned herself lock step with a party that, had it gotten its way, would have made the PTA her last stop, not her first. These are people who have inveighed against the reproductive freedom that has allowed Palin to be both a mother and stateswoman. These are the same people who insist a literal translation of creationism be taught in schools from the very Bible that firmly establishes man’s authority over women. These are the people who, for many years, sought to reverse the very gains that led Palin to the Alaska Statehouse. Conservatives are not threatened by the specter of Palin taking on a man’s job, because hers is the brand of faux-feminism that doesn’t threaten antiquated gender roles.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In response to your post about the Palin interview that you evidently deleted but is still showing up in my Google Reader, I thought it was pretty great how alllll of the headlines the next day were like, "Palin Says She's Ready to Lead". Kamran said they should've been more like, "Palin Says She's Ready to Lead Despite Absolute Lack of Experience and Evidence to the Contrary". Ahhhh, media indifference. It sucks that they pander to the unthinking masses rather than those of us who actually consider the candidates' positions before voting.