Why are feminists so threatened by Sarah Palin?
As a proud feminist, strong woman and informed citizen who has voted on both sides of party lines and considers her spirit truly Independent, it’s been fascinating to see other women react to Sarah Palin. It is one of the great facets not only of the election, but of recent history–Sarah Palin causes an incredible rise in both liberal and conservative women’s blood pressure and emotions, whether they’re rushing to defend her or tripping over themselves to villify her. I’ve had riveting conversations with friends and family around the country about her, and I do think it’s amazing and exciting that people are getting so involved in and passionate about American politics. She’s a true Rorschach test.
While I love debate and discussion, however, I’m unimpressed when contempt for others’ opinions is introduced into the mix, when people or candidates of any political stripe resort to namecalling, and when conclusions about others’ reasons, persuasions, decisions, values or desires are rushed into–it does nobody any good, sets women back and is, frankly, insulting. I’m hoping the collective “we” can all take a deep breath, focus on the issues, and not demean our fellow women or citizens for disagreeing with our own opinions. The world is neither black nor white but a beautiful palette of grey, and we are all smarter and better than to shrink to positions of fear and finger-pointing–in either party.