Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Sarah Palin: Attack The Position and Not The Woman

image Since Palin was announced as McCains VP pick sexism has been used to discredit her.  Shakesville has kept a running log of the sexism that has been thrown at her.

example 1, example 2, example 3, example 4, example 5, example 6

Sarah Palin is not an unproblematic figure, and as such there are many grounds from which to legitimately criticize and critique her.  Resorting to sexist attacks, not only shows a limited imagination it highlights the degree to which women are still second class citizens in this society.  I do not support Palins policies in any way, nor do I believe that she would make an effective leader, however her sex alone is not reason enough to disqualify her as a candidate.   To use sex as a barometer for judging  worthiness to lead would necessarily damage the potential of other more deserving women to ascend to political power in the United States.  To be explicitly clear, I do not support Sarah Palin in any way shape or form, but I do support women, and therefore I actively denounce any criticism of her that is based in sex and biology.

For those for whom sexism has become an ingrained barometer of worth, I offer the following video for instructional purposes.  The following is an example of how to effectively critique Palin without reducing her to just a silly hockey mom, ex beauty queen, tart, inadequate mother, babe etc...

Consider yourself on notice, sexism against Sarah Palin is not acceptable.  If your point is legitimate, you should be able to make it without reducing her, or any other female candidate by making sexist attacks.

Huge H/T Shakesville


Tina said...

Renee, you are one. class. act.

That is all.

professorwhatif said...

Here! Here! Your title alone says it all. But, as always, the rest of the post is great too.

Kathy said...

Renee we don't agree about much but on this topic we are truely sympotico. Palin is a big girl she can handle the attack on her record, her voting choices and her leadership. Creating havoc in a family is not fair or realistic for it not to backfire.

Thanks for posting this! Some days you shock me, and this post did!

Write it down black womanist and conservative mom agree!

Jennifer said...

What you said!

And I am no fan of Palin's, that's for sure.

Fourth Wave Feminism said...

I completely agree with everything you just said. My only concern with the sexism-in-the-media talk is that it seems the GOP is more than happy to accuse almost anyone who questions the choice of Gov. Palin of being sexist, regardless of whether their comments are actually based on the fact that she's a woman or not.

This is obviously not what you're saying, but it does seem to be the modus operadus of some pundits/bloggers/politicians. Since Palin was chosen, I've been getting increasingly frustrated with the hypocrisy of a party who called Senator Clinton a ball-buster and commented endlessly on her cleavage and hair style suddenly turning all holier-than-thou and criticizing any remark towards Gov. Palin that even hints at sexism.

I realize (and agree) that sexism in the media, in politics, and in culture general needs to be stamped out, but I'm afraid that certain people (some right-wing conservatives among them) will only cry "sexism!" when it's convenient to them.

Renee said...

The right are using sexism as a tool and I find it disgusting. How can they scream about sexism directed at Palin from the left, when they were wearing Palin sexist VP buttons last night?

Octogalore said...

Great analysis. I think, as you've demonstrated, it's possible to be entirely consistent in condemning Palin's substantive views and also condemning holding her to a different standard from that of men who hold those views.