Monday, September 29, 2008

Sarah Palin, the Wilting Flower Hidden From the Media

I have a new post up at Global Comment. Thanks Natalia. As always I will get you started and then you will have to go there to finish.

Last week, CNN reporter Campbell Brown called on Republicans to stop being sexist and expose Sarah Palin to the media for open questioning. What Campbell is calling sexism is the benefit of protection that docile white women receive from white men for performing their gender. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who stood firmly for women’s rights and was clearly an autonomous being, Palin stands for regressive policies that remove agency from women, thus affirming patriarchy.

Prior to the introduction of black women to America, white women were openly despised. In the theocratic culture women were blamed for the sins of man. It was the black female slave that resulted in the elevation of white womanhood, by allowing for another level of hierarchy. As long as white women supported white men, their lot in life was improved.

With the suffragette movement white women were again attacked by white men. The desire to vote and have a say in how the country was run was deemed threatening to patriarchy. They were called harridans, their femininity was questioned, and they were socially maligned.

Each time white women seek to achieve social equality with white men they are subject to slut-shaming and social discipline. As long as they are willing to accept their place in the social hierarchy, which is solidly beneath white male headship they are “protected” beings. This fragile wilting flower exists to uphold white male hegemony.

It may seem that Palin is thwarting the delicate flower ideology because she is seeking a position of power; however what must be understood is that her power is clearly subject to male control, whereas Clinton was seeking control in her own right.

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15 comments:

Relax Max said...

Yeah. Like Clinton wouldn't have jumped like a frog at a VP bid from Obama. Just how deep do you have to dig to find fresh dirt to throw on this wonderful Palin woman?

Renee said...

@Relax just how obtuse can you be. This issue is larger than Palin or HRC as individual people. This is how about how they are regarded differently as women by the media based on their different political aspirations and positions. BTW there is nothing wonderful about a woman that thinks that rape victims should pay for their own rape kits.

Relax Max said...

It's even worse. I am more obtuse than you even can imagine Renee: I don't even agree with you. (Horrors!) But I guess that would be your definition of obtuse. By "media" I assume you mean "move on dot org? Huffington? Kos? Ummmm...I wonder if you can back up the "fact" that Palin thinks rape victims should pay for rape kits? Are you sure you are not freely extrapolating from some other statement she made? Do indigent women pay for ANY of their medical costs? (No, it is written off or paid for by other patients with insurance, or by taxpayers. They don't hold them hostage in the hospital basement until payment is received. And would Palin's personal views change the laws about ANYTHING automatically? Are you sure you are not simply making wild unfounded statements simply to inflame your like-minded audience? They will soon flock to your aid, but I challenge you to come up with a verified quote from Palin that says, "I think rape victims should pay for their own rape kits," and not some other words. These things are medical supplies Renee. I have a feeling you know that. Hospitals charge patients for medical supplies. (Actually, I think you will find that it is Illinois that makes victims pay for their own rape kits. Illinois... let's see... Palin's home state, right?

mzbitca said...

Relax: This story has been fact checked by many sites. Palin fired the police chief and appointed a new one. This police chief set up a budget that eliminated the fact that the police would pay for any rape kits and insurances with cover them. Palin signed off on this budget. Never mind that at the time there was a large uproar in the state ABOUT this very issue so she should have been aware if she was any type of mayor at all. Even if she never came out and said "women need to pay for their rape kits." She didn't attempt to change the policy and in this case her silence signals agreement.

The Fabulous Kitty Glendower said...

Just like your Jack Cafferty post, I can only roll my eyes at people like Campbell Brown and Cafferty. Both were horrible to Hillary Clinton, did not examine their sexism one bit, now they are supposedly shining the light on sexism. Whatever. It will never change. We promote when they are on our side and ignore when they are hurting someone else with the same tactics.

Relax Max said...

So...even if Palin didn't say "I think rape victims should pay for their own rape kits," it's still ok to SAY that Palin thinks women need to pay for their rape kits?

You are abusing your forum again, Renee. Speak the truth.

Burning Prairie said...

"this wonderful Palin woman" oh that is too rich! Relax Max-this is Renee's forum, it is for her to decide what does and does not abuse of her forum. Ya know, I don't comment over at WingNutDaily because I am obviously not their audience. If you so disagree with Renee that you feel it necessary to dictate terms for her own blog, then perhaps you would be happier commenting at a forum that hews closer to your worldview.

Relax Max said...

Is that the answer, Renee? Want dissenters to leave? Do you agree with Burning Prairie? Do you have the guts to tell him/her you don't agree?

Jennifer said...

relax max-I simply asserted that you may be happier elsewhere. it is, after all, a great big internet. you don't seem to be dissenting so much as trying to discipline Renee to make her posts more palatable to you. if you believe that Renee is "abusing" her forum (ie-exercising her first amendment rights) then you can to Wordpress or Blogger and set up your very own forum and then you will get to decide what does and does not constitute abuse of you forum.

Dissent is fine, pal, trying to discipline another is not. And btw, I'm a woman.

Renee said...

@Relax Max As long as in 6 months I have deleted less than 10 comments and none of the ones removed were for dissent. You are more than free to express yourself, however that does not mean that you will find acceptance of your ideas. I personally resent your implication that I am abusing my forum. Since it is mine, I will decide what constitutes abuse and further more coming into my space and attempting to bully me is uncalled for. Many have tried this and have found that I stand behind what I post. If you find the tone of my blog so contemptible you are free to start your own, I hear that they are free, but you might actually find that they require more work than visiting liberal feminist blogs and throwing swill in the comment section.
That said I agree with all of the comments regarding Palin and the rape kits made in this thread so I feel no need to add to them.

Relax Max said...

Fair enough Renee. And thank you and the other who suggested I could start my own forum if I choose. Do you know, btw, what happens if you click on a commenter's name? Just askin'.

Hang in there Renee. You're pretty tough.

Burning Prairie said...

relax max-I am aware. Are you threatening me?

Relax Max said...

@Burning Prairie. No - you misunderstood. I only meant if you click on my name it shows you that person's blogs that they have already. Why would I threaten you? About what, I mean? You didn't say anything wrong to me, just spoke your mind. I just mainly wanted you to know that I do understand how one can get their own forum, and that I have done that. I guess I shouldn't have been so short - I should simply have invited you to come over and talk. I am also a character named Yummy Biscuits (yummybiscuits@blogspot.com). We have a lot of fun. You would be welcome, I assure you. Now, are you Jennifer too? Or am I not getting this? Anyway, do come if you feel like it.

Burning Prairie said...

relax max-sorry dude, crossed wires. Yes, I am Jennifer, but I prefer Burning Prairie.

Anonymous said...

Not that relax max is worth responding to (he sounds a little unhinged in his ranting), but in comment # 3, he doesn't seem to understand that a rape kit is not a medical supply. It is not used to treat the victim but rather to collect evidence for use by the police. Therefore, it should be charged to the police department, just like fingerprint testing, DNA testing, or any crime solving procedure.