Fem­i­nist’s lament

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“Can some­one please tell me what the hell hap­pened?” Michelle Cot­tle writes in the New Repub­lic.

“This pres­i­den­tial elec­tion was sup­posed to be a high-wa­ter mark for fem­i­nism. Hil­lary Clin­ton en­tered the pri­maries as the first fe­male front-run­ner in our na­tion’s his­tory. Bet­ter still, she wasn’t run­ning as a Woman Can­di­date. . . . Whether she won or lost — though the wide­spread as­sump­tion was that her victory was in­evitable — Hil­lary’s can­di­dacy was ex­pected to show­case what it means to be a broad-shoul­dered . . . mod­ern woman,” the writer said.

“Then, amid the snows of Iowa, it all fell apart. To be fair, New Hamp­shire may be more to blame. Iowa was where Hil­lary’s in­evitabil­ity nar­ra­tive un­rav­eled, but New Hamp­shire was where she got the idea that re­demp­tion lay in the le­gions of gals who ral­lied ‘round when the (mostly male) po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment and pun­di­toc­racy be­gan sali­vat­ing at the thought of her im­mi­nent demise.

“And, just like that, the strong, proud, fear­less, gen­der-tran­scen­dent Hil­lary mor­phed into a dis­re­spected, mis­treated vic­tim. Griev­ance fem­i­nism came roar­ing back with a vengeance. ...

“Then, just when you thought it was all over and the re­cov­ery could be­gin, Repub­li­cans handed us Sarah Palin.

“The Palin pick is dis­heart­en­ing on so many lev­els. For starters, even what lit­tle we know about the Alaska gov­er­nor’s pol­icy views is enough to make a tra­di­tional fem­i­nist weep. The staunchly con­ser­va­tive Palin not only op­poses abor­tion rights (even in cases of rape or in­cest), she also sup­ports ab­sti­nence-only sex ed­u­ca­tion and takes a strict free-mar­ket ap­proach to­ward health care . . ..

“Even set­ting aside Palin’s po­lit­i­cal views, the gov­er­nor’s can­di­dacy is a slap in the face to all women. No mat­ter how feisty she is or how dar­ling she looks with a ri­fle on her shoul­der, Palin is ab­jectly un­qual­i­fied to sit one heart­beat away from the pres­i­dency.”

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