I came across a blog that was referred to me by a mutual fan of the Feast of Fools Podcast named Curtis who posted the url of their web site http://womenagainstsarahpalin.blogspot.com/. I was really interested in what women thought about McCain’s choice for a running mate, Sarah Palin. I have heard positive statements from women on some conservative media so I wanted to hear the other side of the coin.
Here is a statement from the blog:
We are not in the habit of criticizing women in the public sphere, as we usually feel we should support our female compatriots with as much encouragement as we can. However, Sarah Palin’s record is anti-woman. Feminism is not simply about achieving the power and status typically held by men. It’s about protecting and supporting the rights of women of all classes, races, cultures, and beliefs. Palin’s record and beliefs do not align with this. She was chosen by John McCain specifically because he believes that American women will vote for any female candidate regardless of their qualifications. He is wrong.
Here are samples of some of the 100,000 responses received at the blog:
Ms. Palin is no “model” Woman! Instead of helping to shatter glass ceilings, she seems to aspire to being one of the Good Old Boys holding others down. Sheer lip service from the Pitbull in Lipstick! Yet another Karl Rove mouthpiece!
Deborah G., old enough to see the hypocrisy, Latham, NY
I worked hard to get where I am. I was the first woman in my county to run for district judge back in 1990. I have two daughters and 3 granddaughters. I don’t want Palin taking women back to the dark ages. She certainly does not represent me! And she’s not doing well by her own children.
–Susan B., 59, Galveston, TX
Dear Ms. Palin—
Even in this very red state of Alabama, we know the difference between a show horse, a hobby horse, and a work horse. You do not represent working class women, farm wives or single mothers—ALL of whom turned to Hillary Clinton with great hopes. You charged women for their own rape kits when you were mayor in Wasilla. You use housekeepers and nannies to care for your kids. You don’t want sex education in schools, but you let your daughter get pregnant! You do not now, nor will you ever speak for us!
–Gita H., Montgomery, AL
As a woman and a registered Republican I am very concerned about the choice of Mrs. Palin as a vice-presidential candidate. I do not believe that she stands for most American woman as she is against a woman’s right to choose in medical decisions concerning her own body, she has demonstrated an intolerance for differing beliefs, she does not believe in birth control or sex education. I was planning on voting for McCain but the Republican ticket has lost my vote because of this choice.