Monday, September 15, 2008

it's this

Eve Ensler wrote a piece that wholly resonated with me and some of the other MOMocrats last week and I wanted to share it here too.

In part, she wrote: But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story -- connected to saving the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war.

And it made me want to cry. I encourage you to go read the rest and then please, feel free to come back over and discuss.





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12 comments:

Omaha Mama said...

That, my friend, is one ginormous nutshell. Thanks for sharing it. Goosebumps and all.

jen said...

i know. every single word, all of it, the metaphors, the seriousness. this summed it up for me.

Arwen said...

I keep coming back to two things about Palin which make me distrust her: killing wolves from a helicopter. This is not sportsmanship, this is a travesty. My BIL hunts for all the meat their house hold eats. He goes into the woods of WV and hunts. He doesn't goe into a helicopter and shoot wolves who couldn't possibly evade.
2. Telling a young adult with hormonal fluxes to abstain and not give that young adult the tools to keep him or herself from getting knocked up is stupid and dangerous and repulsive. But on top of that, to then defend the lack of planning and saying they are proud they are going to be g-parents and march not just the young woman but her 'fiancee' out on stage is outrageous. I am not saying that they should be cloistered, but there you can't parade them around and then say family should be off limits. You can't have your cake and eat it too. And she clearly thinks she can.
Ensler is a very good writer.
This campaign is turning my hair gray.

painted maypole said...

eve ensler is one powerful writer.

of course, that link led me down the rabbit hole, and a good 20 minutes later of clicking around on the huffington post... ;)

flutter said...

this election is giving me nightmares.

Mad said...

I read that article last week and loved it but, but...

OK, I have to admit it brought out my inner pedant. "Incest" is a noun. It is not a verb and it is definitely not a transitive verb.

This all seems so petty given how great the article was but when I see a popular, gifted writer abuse the language in such a cavalier fashion, it makes me crazy.

I'm fine with people using words like "thinky" and "truthy" because I know that they are trying to establish a sassy, colloquial tone. However, nothing jars quite so much as hearing the most serious, painful word in the English language misused b/c it takes the emphasis away from what is being said to how it is being said.

OK, I'll stop being a pedant now. I agree with the sentiments in the article. I think Palin is scary on so many levels and I can't believe millions of Americans are actually buying in to what the GOP has packaged. Frankly, it all fills me with despair.

patches said...

Thanks for the link, Jen. It articulates all the reasons Palin scares the hell out of me. She represents ideas, I want like to be associated with by the default of sharing citizenship with her.

cinnamon gurl said...

That was a GREAT article, thanks for sharing! But I also cringed at the verbing... I get paid to be a pendant - I can't help it.

Laura said...

Great article. When a female co-worker crowed, "Hey! I really like Palin!" I said, well, go have some coffee with her, but PLEASE don't put her a heartbeat away from the presidency. Oh dear. This election has me on one hell of an emotional roller coaster!

Annie said...

I agree with the overall premise of the article - Palin and McCain scare the absolute you know what out of me, too.

But, the 'task from God' thing - is misquoted so many times by democrats - it's not what she said (of course what she actually said isn't all that confidence inspiring either) and misquotes like this just make Dems look like they are doing what so many have accused McCain's campaign of doing - quoting out of context or misquoting to make a point, you know?

I am engaged in a debate on our local newspaper forums with women who firmly believe that if they follow 'God's word' they will vote for the Republicans - this is driven primarily by the abortion issue - I understand that - I grapple immensely with the abortion issue myself - but I set it aside because when I focus on all the other issues, many of which demonstrate how republicans have been and will continue to demonstrate nothing short of immorality towards their fellow citizens I want to do everything in my power to speak to anyone who will listen and plant those seeds that may give rise to an enlightenment that this country NEEDS the Democrats in power.

I have also been told on this newspaper forum by the way that 'anyone who can't afford health insurance is irresponsible' WTF? It's insane - but it's scary how many people share that view and it's even scarier that they get to vote *hmph*!

Sober Briquette said...

my husband keeps goading me with Palin for sport, saying, "ooh, whatcha gonna do now, feminist?" (Mostly this is annoying because he's not voting for them either.)

I've had so much practice explaining to him why sticking this woman on the ticket is NOT about feminism, I should be out canvassing the mall or something.

Defiantmuse said...

when I read that piece a few days ago I cried. And then I forwarded to it to almost everyone on my contact list. Including my extended family (all of whom are *very* conservative). Only one negative response so far.....that's got to be a good sign.