Too sexy for the job

I’m used to having my intelligence insulted when reading the morning paper, but this morning’s assault was not of the garden variety. In the aftermath of Sarah Palin’s stunning convention speech, the opposition has gone nuclear.

Rosa Brooks, a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, writes in an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times,

a week ago Palin — ex-mayor of Wasilla and a runner-up for Miss Alaska — probably couldn’t have explained the difference between a G-string and the G-8

Sarah Palin and I were born in 1964, the year after Betty Friedan’s The Feminist Mystique was published. We and our contemporaries were raised in a feminist world, told all our lives that we could do anything, be anything that men could.

Well, not anymore, sister. Not if you’re good-looking, anyway.

For decades, feminists insisted that women shouldn’t squander their talents at home, should put the kids in day care and do something that matters. Then, suddenly, once John McCain had the bad taste to choose a conservative female running mate, it became socially acceptable for good progressive feminists to say that mothers ought to be home with their children instead of running for national office.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, now it seems that it’s also permissible to sexualize ambitious female politicians, and to suggest that if they happen to be both beautiful and Republican, then they must also of necessity be stupid.

We’ve come a long way, baby.

Unfortunately, we’ve now gone all the way back.

Comments 4

  1. Lorraine wrote:

    Um, that’s because Sarah Palin IS stupid. And so is anyone who thinks the mayor of some hick town in Alaska is ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency with an old geezer in the White House. God, you right-wing bloggers are such a bunch of nut jobs.

    Posted 07 Sep 2008 at 2:51 am
  2. The Righteous Man wrote:

    “And so is anyone who thinks the mayor of some hick town in Alaska is ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency with an old geezer in the White House”

    1. Way to insult small-town America.

    2. Geezer? Way to insult AARP, the largets voting bloc in the country.

    You Lefties are such elitists, I’m going to laugh my head off at you guys on election night!

    Posted 07 Sep 2008 at 3:51 am
  3. Greg wrote:

    Harry Truman was a small-town guy who ran a men’s clothing shop, and look at how history has judged him.

    Posted 07 Sep 2008 at 4:18 am
  4. Pat wrote:

    I don’t think Sarah Palin is beautiful. What’s up with the prom hair? Lipstick on a pit bull…not far off the truth, except that it’s an insult to pit bulls, which are good-looking dogs.

    Posted 12 Sep 2008 at 7:29 pm

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