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I’m going to post here, little by little, a whole smattering of different things about this Palin woman. There’s SO much going on.

First and foremost, my newest favorite comment about the pick, from the brilliant Stephen Colbert:

For the first time, a woman has reached the highest levels of being used as a cheap political ploy

Second, for anyone not familiar with her, um, resume and background, here’s a fairly thorough rundown on what’s known so far (and it was apparently far more than the McCain camp knew about her when he picked her): a compilation at DU: The Ultimate Vetting Guide on Palin: 50 great articles exposing Palin.

Moving on to a thump on the head to Sally Quinn who surely ought to know better. In writing her column, Palin’s Pregnancy Problem she had a lot right, but got a key point very wrong: (more…)


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That quote is, by far, my favorite response that I’ve encountered so far by any woman to the choice by McCain of Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential nominee.  Posted here:

One of the women in my office who is an independent type saw right through it. Saw it for the cynical move it is. She said “they think I’m stupid.”

Cynical indeed. Those poor Republicans. They are so used to making a show of doing the right thing instead of actually DOING it, that they can get themselves in quite a tangle when their cynicism and pandering catch up with them, as it has with this choice. (more…)

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(Still searching, btw, for that block of time which would allow me to continue my Call to Action — on which there’s been damn little action, btw. You’d think SOMEONE could post the link to some other blogs, or to DU, or something, wouldn’t you? Oh well.)

Gratuitous sexism:

They were such obvious WH hos, I’d have expected them to be wearing stiletto heels and thongs.

Ah! so much for the oft-trotted out defense (at DU) that “whore” isn’t sexist since it can apply equally to so many men these days. Sorry, folks, as this exemplifies, you can NOT divorce it from its original denotation; you will never be able to divorce it from its original misogynist denotation.


This has the same effect, I think (proves exactly the opposite of what the porn defenders dlaim). If being so called “sex-positive” (to borrow a phrase) were all that upstanding and honorable and positively appreciated by society at large, we wouldn’t be snickering over McCain offering his wife for the topless and sometimes (nearly) bottomless little biker babe contest, now, would we?

McCain Gaffes, Volunteering Wife For Topless Contest

“I was looking at the Sturgis schedule, and noticed that you had a beauty pageant, so I encouraged Cindy to compete,” McCain told an audience at the rally. “I told her with a little luck, she could be the only woman to serve as both the First Lady and Miss Buffalo Chip.”

I dunno. Call me crazy. I just think the title, “Miss Buffalo CHIP” shoulda warned him off saying anything from the start. Dontcha agree?

3. Katie Couric claims she’s a victim of sexism

And I believe she is.

US newsreader Katie Couric claims she is a victim of sexism
America’s highest paid newsreader has claimed she is a victim of
sexism and that discrimination based on gender is more prevalent
– and tolerated – in US society than racism.

Katie Couric, the CBS evening news anchor who earns a reported $15 million a year, compared herself to failed presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton in an interview with Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz.

“I find myself in the last bastion of male dominance, and realising what Hillary Clinton might have realised not long ago: that
sexism in the American society is more common than racism, and certainly more acceptable or forgivable,” Miss Couric told
the paper as she covered Senator Barack Obama’s Middle East tour.

“In any case, I think my post and Hillary’s race are important steps in the right direction.”

Ms Couric, who in 2006 became the first woman to present a primetime network news broadcast solo, has faced intensive
scrutiny not only of her job performance but her outfits and personal life since taking over the CBS Evening News.

And I know she’s right. Further, I believe that one of the reasons — not the only reason, not the main reason probably — that she has done so poorly is that people in this culture are more used to and therefore more comfortable with male voices for serious network news anchoring. This may or may not be something people are even aware of, or if they are aware of their own preference wouldn’t consider it sexist, but it is. The other reason she’s done poorly (not unlike Hillary) is that she had some whacky ideas about how to do the news.

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