Friday, September 26, 2008

Saradise Lost - Chapter Ninety-Two -- NRO's Kathleen Parker Thinks Sarah Needs to BOW OUT

National Review's very conservative, very influential columnist Kathleen Parker, has the following to say, in conclusi0n to her NRO essay published this morning:

If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.

If Palin were a man, we’d all be guffawing, just as we do every time Joe Biden tickles the back of his throat with his toes. But because she’s a woman — and the first ever on a Republican presidential ticket — we are reluctant to say what is painfully true.

What to do?

McCain can’t repudiate his choice for running mate. He not only risks the wrath of the GOP’s unforgiving base, but he invites others to second-guess his executive decision-making ability. Barack Obama faces the same problem with Biden.

Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first.

Do it for your country.

And among the many women writers further examining Palin's hapless "moose in the headlights" inability to handle even the most benign questions from friendly or neutral journalists, feminist Margaret Cho also has some recent words about Palin:

I am certainly not defending Palin – because make no mistake – she is the ultimate misogynist. She is a woman hater in the extreme. To force women to have children against their will, to deny abortion rights EVEN in cases of incest and rape is abominable. She is an insult to feminism, a sickening example what a woman will do to other women in order to please men and further her own career.

Women do shit like that to other women to keep them down – to make their achievement seem more extraordinary – to keep women out of their way, so they can enjoy all the power and the men themselves, and that stuff makes them worse than sexist men. It is worse to be a traitor than a perpetrator. That she made rape victims pay for their own forensic exams shows that she believes that women somehow deserved to be raped – that it is our fault, just like unplanned pregnancy, just like being victimized by men – or women like her. She acts like all women are wearing a miniskirt and are asking for it. So fuck her.

hat tip to Lisa Derrick


Anonymous said...

Fuck her without birth control---what's wrong with a VP with SIX kids, huh???

bettie boo said...

hey margaret cho - if you're out there just wanted to mention that abortion isn't necessarily a liberated/empowered/pro-woman thing to do. Using a virtue ethical framework one can see that - sure in certain situations it may be the best option but that doesn't make it in itself good - there are emotional ramifications which, unfortunately, many women know too well. We should ask why those who choose abortion feel so unsupported in their pregnancy? and what weds us to narrow conceptions of achievement as career-success? Career roles are nowhere near as important or meaningful as motherhood!

bettie boo