Friday, October 3, 2008

Policies be damned; she has the right plumbing

By Chloe Angyal

Robert Lanham at has this article in which he roundly accuses feminists of being inane:

"Forget debates about power, ownership of one's body, equal wages, and a level playing field. This year, feminists were more concerned about whether Hillary Clinton should be referred to as Hillary or Clinton, Mrs. or Ms., while pundits with penises discussed whether or not she was showing enough—or too much—cleavage."

I don't know about you, but I've been talking plenty this election cycle (and, uh, always) about power, ownership of one's body, and so on. While semantics certainly matter - as I've mentioned before, it did bother me that Senator Clinton was rarely called anything but "Hillary" - but at the end of the day, it's ideas and policies that matter most to feminists, even those for whom the semantic challenge of using the f-word is just too great.

Lanham goes on to assure us that regardless of policies that many (and he himself) consider anti-woman, Palin is still a feminist role model:

"Despicable? Definitely. A role model for traditional feminists? Absolutely not. But if we are to believe feminism is about self-empowerment and holding the keys to power, Palin fits the bill."

Luckily, no one can hear me gagging over the sound of Betty Friedan rolling in her grave.


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