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.