In a piece I wrote for The Nation this September, I argued that mainstream feminists’ continued erasure of young activists was paving the way for conservative appropriation of the movement:
Part of the reason Palin and her cohort are so successful at positioning themselves as the “new” women’s movement is because we fail to push forward and support new feminists of our own. This is not to say that younger women aren’t at the forefront of the movement—they certainly are. But their work is often made invisible by an older generation of feminists who prefer to believe young women are apathetic rather than admitting their movement is shifting into something they don’t recognize and can’t control.
One example I mentioned was NARAL Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan’s assertion in Newsweek that it is only older women who are fighting for reproductive justice.
Now, lo and behold, leaked excerpts of Sarah Palin’s new book reveal that Palin is making the exact argument (down to same Keenan quote) I feared in my Nation article: