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Sarah Palin, the veepstakes, and the “poisoned well”

When a person becomes the first member of their minority group to do something, they carry an extra burden. They don’t just have to do the job – say, lead a nation – they have to do that job knowing that their performance will be considered representative of how every member of that group would fare in that position.

Obviously, the example that comes to mind most quickly is President Obama; he’s not just the President, he’s a Black President. Or, if you’re Australian, Julia Gillard, who carries the extra weight of representing “how women govern.” President Obama’s additional burden was something that Keith Boykin discussed on “Melissa Harris-Perry” last weekend when we were talking about white voters ...

When a person becomes the first member of their minority group to do something, they carry an extra burden. They don’t just have to do the job – say, lead a nation – they have to ...

Shocker: Sarah Palin not running for president

Yesterday Sarah Palin made the startling announcement that she would not follow up quitting her governor job with a run for the White House. Apparently this is major news, based on the coverage I’ve seen everywhere.

Like many of you, I’m heartbroken. Now who’s going to force me to explain that no, you can’t deny access to abortion and rape kits and then call yourself a feminist? What am I going to blog about for the next year?

Oh right. Dammit.

Yesterday Sarah Palin made the startling announcement that she would not follow up quitting her governor job with a run for the White House. Apparently this is major news, based on the coverage I’ve seen everywhere.

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Friday (Not) Feminist Fuck Yeah: Michele Bachmann

I know what you’re thinking: Why would I ever give a Feminist Fuck Yeah to Michele Bachmann? Because she isn’t one — a feminist, that is — and acknowledges that very fact. So, yes — thank you, Michele Bachmann, for not appropriating the word and the movement like fellow GOP lady Sarah Palin did. After all, it allows us to spend our time focusing on what really makes you suck as a person.

(Now if we can only get her to acknowledge that her “Empowered American” bit is actually code for “bigoted asshole.”)

I know what you’re thinking: Why would I ever give a Feminist Fuck Yeah to Michele Bachmann? Because she isn’t one — a feminist, that is — and acknowledges that very fact. So, yes ...

What We Missed

As noted in Chloe’s post, anti-choice New York Times columnist Ross Douthat is angry again because women don’t want to be breeding machines. Amanda and Jill call him out on it brilliantly.

Funny of the Day: A retweet of gay conservative pundit has folks saying Sarah Palin is a “friend of the gay community.” It’s funny cause it’s not true. (via)

A new HIV campaign launched by NYC is causing division between HIV/AIDS activists.

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As noted in Chloe’s post, anti-choice New York Times columnist Ross Douthat is angry again because women don’t want to be breeding machines. Amanda and Jill call him out on ...

What We Missed

Of course fucking Sarah Palin is getting crazy media attention for addressing Boehner’s tears and double standards for women that feminist bloggers have already covered.

More International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers coverage from RH Reality Check (and the Research for Sex Work) on stigma and violence against transgender sex workers.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office has announced they won’t prosecute the late Lizzy Seeburg’s sexual assault case at Notre Dame.

On a lighter note, this picture is sort of amazing.

Of course fucking Sarah Palin is getting crazy media attention for addressing Boehner’s tears and double standards for women that feminist bloggers have already covered.

More International Day to End Violence Against ...

Most American women don’t trust Palin.

Yes, most women have brains and can figure things out, like policy that will ruin their lives. A new poll shows us that most voting women trust Planned Parenthood, over Sarah Palin along with disagreeing with her on abstinence-only education.

via Politico.

The survey, conducted for Planned Parenthood by Democratic pollster Hart Research Associates, found that just 24 percent of registered voters choose Sarah Palin as trustworthy on women’s health issues, versus 54 percent who consider Planned Parenthood trustworthy.

Forty-three percent of all registered voters polled described Palin as “out of step” with their views on the issues; 31 percent say she is in line with their beliefs.

The poll reached 802 voters split evenly across ...

Yes, most women have brains and can figure things out, like policy that will ruin their lives. A new poll shows us that most voting women trust Planned Parenthood, over Sarah Palin along with disagreeing with her ...

Proof that powerful feminists are enabling conservative faux-feminism

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 ...

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 ...

Palin want a cracker?

#Ohnoshedidnt. Sarah Palin is not only hijacking the term “feminist”, but is now co-opting feminists’ charge that she’s co-opting feminism. It’s like she’s completely incapable of conjuring up any original thought on her own. And if she can only manage to bite off everything this “cackle of rads” have to say, what exactly does that make her?

The Hill reports that she posted the tweet in response to Emily’s List new campaign against her and subsequent hashtag, #SarahDoesntSpeakforMe, resulting in a Palin-Emily’s List Twitter smackdown. The newest hashtag in response? #cackleofrads. Sounds like a good band name.

#Ohnoshedidnt. Sarah Palin is not only hijacking the term “feminist”, but is now co-opting feminists’ charge that she’s co-opting feminism. It’s like she’s completely incapable of conjuring up any original thought on her own. And ...

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