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The silence from jewsforsarah.com on Glenn Beck's promotion of Elizabeth Dilling is like a tree falling in the woods. I wouldn't wonder what they think if Palin were not sharing a bill with Beck on August 28 at the Lincoln Memorial. That's "I have a dream" day, in case anyone missed the significance.

Other people are hearing that tree fall. A couple days ago, the NAACP and Urban League expressed their intent to keep "I have a dream" where it belongs, not with Dilling-hugging white nationalists like Beck, but with the communities that gave it life.

The loud wails from the traditional feminist left over whether people like Sarah Palin can label herself "feminist" or not, however, that's a different matter. Yesterday, Kathleen Parker weighed in. Today, Gloria Steinem did.

In an interview for @katiecouric, writer and activist Gloria Steinem responded to Sarah Palin calling herself a feminist, saying, "you can't be a feminist who says other women can't" have an abortion.

Couric was joined by Steinem and Women's Media Center president Jehmu Greene. The discussion ranged from sexism in reality TV to the latest field of female GOP candidates.

Greene is a Steinem protege and a rising star within the DNC.

Like a typical rightwing woman, Parker — noted for her call to Palin to step down from VP candidacy — and her gender politics are on the right track, but going the wrong way. Needless to say, Parker, "as a woman" as they say, sounded embarrassed of and for Palin's damaged performance in the early days of her announcement. Like many, her attitude towards Palin has shifted since then. From yesterday:

Palin's full house and career haven't happened without the manly support of one Todd Palin. Real men don't hold their wives back.

Oh Kathleen, for shame. This is an unprovable assertion. There are plenty of successful mothers in both the private and public sectors who did not have or do not need a man's blessing to be successful.

Such women raise boys to become presidents.

The reason Palin so upsets the pro-choice brigade is because she seems so content with her lot and her brood. One can find other reasons to think Palin shouldn't be president, but being a pro-life woman shouldn't be one of them.

Though this is ancient history for me and my generation, some of whom are now welcoming grandchildren into the world, some of the lessons we've learned bear repeating. Chief among them is that many women who have had babies find it harder, if not impossible, to see abortion as nothing more than a "choice" to eliminate an inconvenience.

This is a classic Peter Pan antifeminist argument, that the only true real women bear children, and that those women who have not borne children are naive enough to think reproductive autonomy is a choice out of lazy, amoral convenience.

Some of us women do not have the luxury of putting all our eggs in the reproductive-rights basket.

In the confused, gender-conflicted world of white rightwing feminism, the only women who count as "women" are those in traditional relationships, preferably with natural-born children, and those with children acquired/purchased by adoption coming in a distant second.

Though they readily (and sometimes rightly) castigate the Steinems of the world as basing "feminism" on one's abortion stance, they ultimately need "women's issues" to be defined solely in childbearing, and child rearing, because that is all their limited experience has afforded them. Why else would nonsense like career-politicians-as-hockey-moms, and mama grizzlies, and barracudas, and pink elephant stampedes, and other ridiculous metaphors like pitbulls-with-lipstick appeal to them? What else, outside of forced-childbirth/childrearing and state-based criminalization of non-traditional relationships, are their stale old elitist, exclusionist, special-rights-for-"opposite-marriage" values based on?

Love? Please. American conservatives define themselves by who and what they hate. American conservatives have little individual identity of their own outside of what groups they are told to despise. Without a hate-object, they are disoriented people.

Of course, that's not what Parker is getting at in her piece. Call it low expectations, but no one would ever expect a Parker critique to ever be able to encompass more than a myopic/white conservative, abstract/pie-in-the-sky/ivory tower point of view. And yet, to some degree, I end up agreeing with her over Steinem though for far different reasons.

Fact: the word "feminist" is a lot like the word "Christian". Just as there are "Blacks against Obama," Blacks, Christians and feminists are no monoliths. Still, Christianity survives and persists; so do Black people. Thus, OCHIACOSP's sentiments on the matter remain the same as ever; I don't accept these fallacious No True Scotsman arguments for who is and who is not a "feminist". Let Sarah Palin do the heavy lifting of making "feminism" interesting and popular again. Then when people inevitably inquire about what "feminism" is, simply tell them, based on actual history rather than Palinoid revisionism which seeks to topple pro-choice feminism, completely.

If we tell them about our Civil Rights legacy, about feminism's legacy, they will come. I have that much faith in our history, and its full story. In Evangelical terms, this is called witnessing, or testifying. It's a principle that works well, in our Protestant Christian-dominant culture.

Let it also be noted again, probably for the millionth time, that white women are the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action, even as many of those mama bears try to eschew what they see as a stigma.

For her part, Our Pretty Tomboy is very quick to cite the federal statute Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 in her own personal success story. But don't hold your breath for how long it takes the the confederate redmeats/conservative male-supremacists of the right to label Sarah Palin a feminazi. That word is reserved for the rest of us, even if on the same grounds.

So, in the meantime, go Sarah Palin. It's good that she is teaching these mouthbreathing teabaggers a thing or two about "feminism", and the gender inequities their side has spent many generations perpetrating. And maybe some day because of her, they'll actually get up off their lazy bee-hinds, go to wikipedia.com, and look up "sexism" and "misogyny", newly-discovered-as-of-2008 terms they were finally forced to take seriously after three waves of feminism, once "Sarah Palin", the phenomenon, burst upon their scene.

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  • Glenn Contrarian

    That’s a very interesting take on Palin, but the one comment I have is that I understand your view that Palin’s success might actually get the conservatives to grow up, but in my experience, once a conservative has decided on a particular set of beliefs, you can present him with all the solid, provable facts in the world…and he’ll still deny it.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Also,

    Love? Please. American conservatives define themselves by who and what they hate. American conservatives have little individual identity of their own outside of what groups they are told to despise. Without a hate-object, they are disoriented people.

    I’m going to have to think about that statement for a long time. I don’t want to support that statement right away if for no other reason than the extremism inherent therein…but neither am I quick to deny that statement.

    You might be right. I’ve got to think about that one.

  • Sela

    I love to prove people wrong…

    Glenn, I’m a Conservative with Libertarian stripes. I was “Pro-choice” until a year ago. Life woke me up.. I’m strongly Pro-life now, so there ya go.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Just as I was once a conservative Republican…until I started seeing through the hypocrisy.

    When it comes to the abortion issue, I’ve got a take on it that you may not have heard before. I’m a Foster dad and I take care of medically-fragile children. One of them is Patrick, who has fetal-drug syndrome. He has a g-tube, a trach tube, two rods in his back, a cleft palate, severe scoliosis, and is developmentally disabled – he can understand us, but he cannot communicate to us.

    When I first added up the cost of Patrick’s care about five years ago, it was a quarter million dollars per year…of taxpayer money. At the time, we had two such children (the other one (who had fetal-alcohol syndrome) has since passed away), and their care was costing upwards of a half million per year…most of which was in the form of nursing hours to a local nursing agency, and payments to Childrens Hospital in Seattle.

    Now those costs are more per child…and all paid by the taxpayers.

    So am I saying that I wished these two kids were aborted? Of course not. What I am saying is that these kids were the result of pregnant women doing drugs or alcohol – and there are MANY such children – and I feel it is utter hypocrisy that the conservatives are out there on street corners protesting against a woman’s right to choose, yet they are NOT standing outside bars and restaurants trying to stop pregnant women from imbibing alcohol…for what these kids go through is tragic, criminal, and a huge waste of taxpayer money to boot.

    When the conservatives start protesting outside bars and restaurants to stop pregnant women from drinking, then I’ll take them seriously…but not until then.

  • Arch Conservative

    Winston Churchill once had a notion on “growing up,”

    “If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.”

    Sounds about right to me.

  • John Wilson

    Trite.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    So what do you say, Archie?

    Does it behoove a grown person to lose their heart once they grow older?

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    Too bad there’s no record of Churchill having said that

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Arch –

    Then you’re saying that most of academia has no brain, since most of academia is liberal.

    When it comes to having no heart, however, exactly who was it that was pointing out the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed and the million or more STILL displaced due to our illegal invasion on false pretenses? Not the conservatives…for they could really care less about the wrong, the evil our forces do. All they care about is being able to ‘wave the flag’.

  • Doug Hunter

    “Does it behoove a grown person to lose their heart once they grow older?”

    I don’t believe the original quote implies that at all (your question might say something about how you think though). Just because someone is not leftist/liberal does not mean the don’t have compassion, a heart, or want the very best future for all people. I think the quote implies that as you gain wisdom and intellect you should move away from some of the simplistic, emotion driven decisionmaking that makes up some part of liberal thought.

    Glen, as they say those that can do, those that can’t teach. Really though, this phenomenon has been known and discussed since at least the 40’s. Those that are against the market don’t graduate college to go work in it, they stay on and collect in academia, while people that believe in private enterprise move on to that. College students up through masters degree vote more Republican, it’s only among the faculty and lifelong ivory tower dwellers that the liberal bias sets in.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Doug –

    I once said that I would never respond to you again. When we discuss things, please don’t make me regret my decision to change my mind.

    “Those who can’t do, teach”.

    So goes the old saying. But I’d love to take you to the Philippines to introduce you to my oldest son’s professors – they’re all successful businessmen who teach in their spare time. Know why? Because teachers there make very little.

    Doug, teacher teach NOT because they can’t earn a better living elsewhere, but because they LOVE to teach. In fact, that’s one of my goals – to teach. Sure, I might not make it for another ten or fifteen years, and I won’t make much money doing it…but it’s what I would LOVE to do.

    Think about that, Doug. What do you LOVE doing? Writing opinion pieces, perhaps? What if you were paid a living wage to do what you LOVE to do? Sure, you could make a lot more money doing something you didn’t really enjoy, but if you could make a steady paycheck by doing what you really, truly love to do anyway, then which would you choose?

    Someone once said that real success is being paid to do what you love to do anyway. By that metric, the vast majority of teachers are quite successful in life.

    College students up through masters degree vote more Republican

    That used to be true…but not anymore. In the last election, more people with college degrees voted for Obama. Not only that, but people with fewer money-making skills are moving into counties that are voting increasingly Republican. Those with higher incomes (and more education) are moving into counties that are voting more Democratic.

    Why is this? IMO, because in the past, the majority of college students were white males. Today, the majority of college students are female, and minority students are much more strongly represented than they once were.

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    That’s a very interesting take on Palin, but the one comment I have is that I understand your view that Palin’s success might actually get the conservatives to grow up, but in my experience, once a conservative has decided on a particular set of beliefs, you can present him with all the solid, provable facts in the world…and he’ll still deny it

    GC – I am enjoying your comments, including on my more provocative opinions.

    Yeah denial of reality the reality in one’s face in favor of ideology is a bad habit, but it can be unlearned. A lot of conservatives end up in a crisis of faith when the flaws and contradictions of their pie-in-sky/black-white/simpleminded lifestyle fails them. You’re right, they have a choice: acknowledge that their worldview has misled them and find a different way or cling to what they have been told, all the more.

    A lot choose the latter, many choose the former. Ask me, I know.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Thanks, Hunter, for pointing out the interpretation of Archie’s misquote.

    You’re a real wizard.

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    Oh and friends? A couple corrections: Obviously it’s “Title IX”, not “Title XI”. And the Kathleen Parker article quoted at length is here.

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    @Hunter I hope you are not another one of those anti-intellect/skool-is-French conservatives.

    Only cons believe that old claptrap about can’t do/teach, or one worse, that teaching is not “doing”. Then they turn around and extol the virtues of homeschooling. LOL!

  • Doug Hunter

    #11

    I said that in jest, my next two words were ‘Really though’. Different paths and goals appeal to different types of people, I think right now teaching is more attractive to liberals for whatever reason… perhaps it’s the opportunity to bring about change or influence young minds.

  • Arch Conservative

    “So what do you say, Archie?

    Does it behoove a grown person to lose their heart once they grow older?”

    No that’s now what I’m saying Roger. The quote doe snot say that when you’re older you have no heart.

    The heart runs strictly on emotion while the brain runs strictly on logic and resoning. We can’t go our whole lives making decisions just based on emotion. So it’s a good thing that your heart may become tempered with reason as you age. Wouldn’t you agree Roger?

    As for the liberal elite campus jet set. it’s obvious that they possess brains but it’s just hard to figure out at times how they work when they’re seen doing things like getting giddy over Achmedinijhad coming to speak.

    As for the “those who can’t do teach” notion….There are many college professors with real world experience in their fields but I think you’d find they tend to be in subjects such as business which do tend to be more conservative.

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    Conservatives these days seem to think every college except uncredited Bible College is librul. Ever since liberals forced them to quit segregating students, they have whined that college is marxist hitler dachau socialism.

    Arch Conservative speaks like a typical sour grapes con who eschews the idea of education at all, and repeats what Rupert Murdoch told them to think about it.

    Conservatives have never changed their tune since the days of the Scopes Monkey Trial. Joke’s on them, since Christian Fundamentalism started out as an academic movement, even incorporating Ivy League schools like Princeton (yes, THAT Princeton) Theological.

    Yet they demand evil satan secular feminist lesbian family-destructive tax money to homeschool their offspring themselves, with zero training save for their ideological fervor.

    Conservatives are such hypocrites.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Missing the point, Archie (just like Doug). We’re not talking about emotional basis for making decisions, one at a time, as it were. That’s surely a condition of great personal instability, and a caricature when applied to any group of people at large.

    The point rather is that certain noble feelings and sentiments – such as empathy, concern for the other, recognition that we’re all part of the same human community – ought to be the bedrock upon which to build one’s political philosophy. And once they become so, they inform one’s decisions and basic orientation.

  • Doug Hunter

    #19 You keep acting as if I missed the point, then reiterate the same point implying someone doesn’t have our best interests at heart. I’m telling you I, and many others opposed to your ideas, have that too.

    #18
    I’m not a homeschooler but I can understand wanting your taxes back for a service you provide yourself. I’d like to see that expanded where practical and schooling is an excellent testbed. It falls apart with many federal level programs, Social Security is a great example, because you’re facing a skewed analysis as part of the cost is borrowed and thrust forward on future generations. Perhaps the definition of selfishness should grow to include having your cake and eating it too now while leaving your kids to slave away under a $13 trillion debt.

    What are you so scared of when it comes to letting people keep their own tax money? They won’t spend it the way you want?

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Obviously, you’re still missing it.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/christine-lakatos/ Christine

    American conservatives define themselves by who and what they hate. American conservatives have little individual identity of their own outside of what groups they are told to despise. Without a hate-object, they are disoriented people.
    More crap.

  • Doug Hunter

    #21

    You too, hence the repeated non sequiturs.

    #22

    It does sound like someone has their own little hate object.

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    Arch, when do you think we’ll start seeing your heart tempered by reason?

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    Christine, isn’t your #22 a little, well, hateful?

    😉

  • John Wilson

    I suppose that Doug, Arch, Christine, etc., would advise the parents of a new baby to immediately commit infanticide because that is more reasonable and free of emotions. Less costly, free of entangling emotional distress, etc.

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    @Doug, deflecting conservative xenophobia, forced conformity, and hatred/fear of difference is not hate, it’s self-interest, self-protection, and self-preservation.

    Conservatives don’t mind self-preservation and self-protection, now do you?

    BTW, no person with sense buys that you were speaking in jest regards can’t do/teach. Conservative antipathy towards education and its practitioners is legend.

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    @John #30

    I suppose that Doug, Arch, Christine, etc., would advise the parents of a new baby to immediately commit infanticide because that is more reasonable and free of emotions.

    Emotions are so French.

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    I humbly take back my statement on “love”, which seems to have caused some handwringing. Conservatives are indeed capable of love.

    Things conservatives love:

    Guns

    Brandishing guns

    Polishing guns

    Shooting objects with guns

    Using people as devices and objects for their own aggrandizement

    Warring on others who did nothing to us

    Money

    The pursuit of money

    Fetuses (but only up until the moment of birth, preferably by virgins, or by c-section instead of the naughty place.)

    Anything else?

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    God and country!

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    Well, they claim to love god and country but it seems their god is money and war (and fetuses). They certainly do not love their country right now. Maybe they just love idealized versions of the country that do not exist here in reality, or past versions in which there was more state-sponsored repression for those not like them.

  • Clavos

    Gather up all the conservatives and gas ’em.

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    Clavos, don’t be silly. Only a conservative would think gassing people is something to joke about.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    You mean liberals don’t have a sense of humor?

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    Gather up all the conservatives and gas ’em.

    Can we test this gas in Afghanistan first? There’s a government building in Kabul available.

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    Well, I don’t think making light of real atrocities just to score a point in a comments section of Blogcritics really counts as humor, but whatevz.

    Conservatives are not oppressed in this country, unless one wants to count the state no longer enforcing their personal hangups at the butt of a gun as some form of oppression. Poor babies, a lot of them seem to really believe in that.

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    @Doug #20

    Not sure how I missed this gem:

    What are you so scared of when it comes to letting people keep their own tax money? They won’t spend it the way you want?

    Well, you got me there. BTW, I did NOT beat my wife. So stop saying that!

    Dear, if my life were guided by fears of this or that, I would be a conservative. Please refrain from projecting your illogical, fear-based, anxiety-ridden Tax-Me-Not lifestyle onto others.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    You mean liberals don’t have a sense of humor?

    A liberal, a conservative, a rabbi, a bear and Sarah Palin walk into a bar…

  • Clavos

    OK, Crap, I take your point. Don’t gas ’em just round ’em up and re-educate them, then.

  • Clavos

    …And that’s NOT a joke.

  • Clavos

    @#38:

    “…an hour later, only Sarah walks out…”

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    “…Todd picks her up in their Hummer and says, ‘What happened to the others?’
    ‘Well,’ says Sister Sarah, ‘I only happened to mention that I could see Russia from the bar. The conservative shot the liberal to prevent him from fraternizing with the enemy, then shot himself because he’d rather be dead than red. The rabbi pleaded for the bear to eat him because he didn’t want to go through any pogroms like his ancestors did.’
    ‘And the bear?’ Todd asks.
    ‘Honey,’ sighs Sarah, ‘don’t you pay attention to anything any more? I was not wearing this fur coat when I went in.'”

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    One of your best, Dreadful. Or, who did you steal this from?

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    All my own work, with the help of Clavos, who provided a vital plot element. :-)

  • Clavos

    Very funny, Doc!

    Props, Sir.

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    #
    39 – Clavos
    Jun 29, 2010 at 9:37 am

    OK, Crap, I take your point. Don’t gas ’em just round ’em up and re-educate them, then.
    #
    40 – Clavos
    Jun 29, 2010 at 9:38 am

    …And that’s NOT a joke.

    No, Clavos, true to conservative form you continue to miss the point, thoroughly.

    Hold on a sec, the FEMA bus people on the phone, something about using the census to hunt down all the people with polished guns, misspelled picket signs, and spiteful frowns.

    Ok, back. Anyway, wour posts above are what result when you busy yourself with putting words in other’s mouths without paying attention to what is actually said. Oh well, that’s ok. You are not the intended audience.

  • Clavos

    Glad to hear that I’m not. I’d be mortified if you were to think I might be receptive to your ideology.

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    Be receptive to my posts or don’t, nobody cares.

  • Clavos

    Least of all, I.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    Wait, wait, wait, back up a bit…

    “jewsforsarah.com”??!??

    Why would anyone not only think there might be a niche for an organization for specifically Jewish Sarah Palin supporters, but actually take the time to set one up?

    What next? Baha’is for Landon Donovan?

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    @Dr. Dreadful: What next? Baha’is for Landon Donovan?

    I remember Jews for Farrakhan, the Fred Newman/Lenora Fulani cult member jackwads from the early 90s. Some people will say and do anything.

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    @Clavos: Least of all, I.

    Oh, you will be back. Conservative guys like you cannot stay away. You are my hobby.

  • Clavos

    Oh, you will be back.

    I never go away. I edit this section.

    You are my hobby.

    You should take up embroidery or stamp collecting. Introduce some excitement into your life.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    That’s cute.

  • STM

    BTW, the clock and calendar have just clicked over in Australia to July 4, so I’ll just take this moment to offer my heartfelt condolences to all Americans on the anniversary of their great mistake in breaking away from the British empire.

    Cheers guys, have a good one …

  • http://ohcrapihaveacrushonsarahpalin.blogspot.com OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin

    Oh, you will be back.

    I never go away. I edit this section.

    I’m rarely wrong in my statements. You will be back, not because you are an editor of this section, but because fellas like you can never stay away, whatever your pretexts.

    Anticipation is making you wait.