Comments: Sarah Palin Flexes her Political Muscle at the Republican Convention

Pam -- I come here to try to get a new perspective on things. I really do. And I actually agree with much in your article. What I don't understand is how and why you throw around the word "feminism", and then quote someone who is not a feminist, then declare feminism dead. Sally Quinn? Not a feminist; she doesn't identify as one, and those who do don't consider her one. (This isn't the first time you've done this either!) In fact, on the feminist blogs that actually identify as feminist, what you see are a lot of people decrying Palin's anti-choice/ab-only sex ed/no birth control/Christianist policies, while at the same time pointing out how crappy and sexist it is that the MSM is questioning her ability to be VP because of her family choices.

Not to mention, of course, that PALIN CONSIDERS HERSELF A FEMINIST!

Posted by Ro at September 4, 2008 02:18 PM

Just for the record, Palin has supported mandatory contraception education for teens.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20080902/pl_politico/13084

And she's on record as being PRO-contraception in 2006.
http://dwb.adn.com/news/politics/elections/governor06/story/8049298p-7942233c.html

But I've also read where she opposed "explicit" sex-ed programs for kids. I haven't yet read more detail on what constitutes explicit or the material that was taught in Alaska schools.
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5i3WjzqGbx19JH30v5PVk54XnOttw

Sorry, I know this doesn't address the feminist thing, but I'm tired of the meme already being passed around that Palin is against birth control education.

Posted by Reverse_Vampyr at September 5, 2008 12:04 PM

As Rush and a caller this morning stated, there are two kinds of feminists. The extreme left women libs that think they are the same as men and should act like men and then there is the woman that knows she is a woman and should act like a woman. Sarah Palin is the latter. You Go Sarah! Working Middle Class Mom's of Disabled Children for Sarah Palin.

Posted by Mrs Media Matters at September 5, 2008 02:41 PM

RV -- I have to apologize for the "no birth control" statement. A little more research showed that there are conflicting reports on her views on this. Time says she's a member of FFL and that they have a pro-contraception stance, so she must too, but FFL doesn't actually have a position on it. So I don't know. It would be nice if she would talk with the press and answer these questions, but it doesn't look like the McCain campaign is letting her anywhere near the press at this point.

MMM-- so feminism is dead except for when a famous-for-blatant-sexism radio host approves of the particular feminist? And what do you mean when you say "...should act like a woman"? All snark aside, I would be curious to know what she's done in Alaska for disabled children and their families. Any links you could provide?

Posted by Ro at September 5, 2008 05:05 PM