Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, and Feminism, Oh My!

Posted: April 12, 2010 by jerkmagblog in SAGE -- editor's picks
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Executive Web Editor extraordinaire for Jerk Magazine, Kate Holloway, inquired my thoughts via her Facebook status after the blog-o-sphere exploded concerning the newest accusations concerning Sarah Palin and feminism.

In my book, Sarah Palin does not support feminist ideals, therefore it is difficult for me to associate her with the progressive, never-ending fight for equal rights between genders. Scratch that—it’s nearly impossible for me to consider her a feminist.

Strong women exemplify components of feminism no matter what—Palin’s leadership in her otherwise lacking party is admirable, especially considering current gender roles in politics. Gender aside, I would never elect an individual to greater office who chose to step down from their position as Governor in order to write books, appear on Fox news as a contributing analyst, and signs deals with TLC for reality shows. Woman or man—that can’t be my next President.

Feminists have been struggling with Sarah Palin since her breakout into national American politics in the fall of 2008, and it is every individual’s prerogative to either support her for her gender, or resent her for her politics. Being simply an example of leadership isn’t enough, it’s what Palin does with her leadership that counts. Homegirl hasn’t done much to support women or feminism, therefore making Newt Gingrich’s statement a little confusing:

“She’s clearly a total feminist, I mean in the true sense of feminism, she is her own person. She does her own thing. She does it her way.”

Some commentators think that Sarah Palin’s success means society is taking one step forward because she’s a woman, but really it’s taking one step backwards because her success ensures that women’s rights issues aren’t a priority in US politics. Not all independent women are feminists, Mr. Gingrich.

In sum, good looks with making the Republican Party more accustomed to women in power, but at the end of the day, it’s still the Republican Party.

Also, do me a favor Patricia Murphy (of Politics Daily), please don’t ever compare Palin to the likes of my girl Hill-Dog Clinton ever again.

“…it’s what conservative women say they’ve been missing for years in their search for their own Hillary Clinton.”

The joke of it all is that Sarah Palin claims to be a feminist herself (see YouTube clip above), “Women certainly today have ever opportunity that a man has to succeed.” Clearly, everyone’s a little confused right now about correct vocabulary and ideology usage. Palin is failing to realize that feminism is about more than wanting equal rights–that might be a good note to talk on her hand for next time.

~Krystie Yandoli, Blog Editor

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