Diary

Red Flag to Bull Watch: Feminist defends Palin.

Choice of word deliberate: an article like this is unlikely to not get pushback. The title alone will provoke a certain sort:

Palin deserves our respect

I cannot predict who will win the presidential campaign, but I already know who will lose big: all women.

I realized this when I saw a 20-something male student who attends a class in the community college where I teach, wearing a T-shirt that read, “Sarah Palin is a C-.” He wore it in public, in broad daylight, and without shame or even consciousness of what he was doing.

I took the time to advise him of the “error of his ways” and informed him of the consequences if he wore it to my class.

This encounter shook me right down to my socks.

No, that’s not a “C-minus” that she’s referring to. Although she might as well have spelled out the word: it’s apparently part of reasonable discourse today, at least for a portion of the American electorate.Now, I’ve never heard of either Ms. McCaffrey or her group Women’s Watch Inc. before, but I expect to, shortly: and probably in the most unflattering terms possible, because, well, that’s what we’ve wearily come to expect these days. Glenn Reynolds linked to Tennessee Guerrilla Women (bet you folks over there never expected to see us throw you a favorable link, huh?{}) on this topic, and to Power Line for a related issue (a video popularized by Andrew Sullivan that I’m pretty sure that I could use to permanently end at least three friendships, not to mention utterly wreck my Sunday game). And, of course, Palin-hatred is easily the primary cause for banning on this site, these days: I have no details about other Right-blogs that aggressively police their comments section, but the random survey of the ones that don’t suggest that we’ve got a lot of people out there taking the opportunity to let out the voices in their heads.

Here’s the thing: I don’t really care if you disagree with me on the central thesis of this post, for much the same reason why I don’t really care if you don’t believe in Special Relativity. Whether you like it or not – more accurately, whether you like it or grimly don’t let yourself think about it, EVER – this election is teaching certain people that they can in fact say nasty things about women, provided that they can be properly scapegoated or trivialized first. It started with the attacks on Senator Clinton, and now it’s continuing with Governor Palin. And they will continue to attack Palin, win or lose. You’re going to all have to get used to it.

But here’s the kicker. The reason that the sort of behavior that we’re seeing here alarms and frightens feminists is because you can’t just turn it on and off when you need to and because it bleeds into other aspects of your life. And this is what is going to make things ugly among the Democrats for a while. Don’t get me wrong: I considered a lot of the recent issues brought up by gender feminists to be manufactured at worst, and somewhat nit-picky at best. But that was because I was working under the assumption that the core argument – that women should be able to define themselves, and not be defined by men – had been pretty much settled already.

Apparently not.

Moe Lane

{}I’d just like to note for the record that I was for admitting that Hillary Clinton was a real, live human being long before it was cool.