Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Libertarian Feminist Camile Paglia on Sarah Palin

Conservative though she may be, I felt that Palin represented an explosion of a brand new style of muscular American feminism. At her startling Republican convention debut, she was combining male and female qualities in ways that I have never seen before. And she was somehow able to seem simultaneously reassuringly traditional and gung-ho futurist. In terms of redefining the persona for female authority and leadership, Palin has made the biggest step forward in feminism since Madonna channeled the dominatrix persona of high-glam Marlene Dietrich and rammed pro-sex, pro-beauty feminism down the throats of the prissy, victim-mongering, philistine feminist establishment.

The gun-toting Sarah Palin is like Annie Oakley, a brash ambassador from America's pioneer past. She immediately reminded me of the frontier women of the Western states, which first granted women the right to vote after the Civil War -- long before the federal amendment guaranteeing universal woman suffrage was passed in 1919. Frontier women faced the same harsh challenges and had to tackle the same chores as men did -- which is why men could regard them as equals, unlike the genteel, corseted ladies of the Eastern seaboard, which fought granting women the vote right to the bitter end.

Sarah Palin's brand of can-do, no-excuses, moose-hunting feminism -- is a world away from the whining, sniping, wearily ironic mode of the establishment feminism represented by Gloria Steinem, a Hillary Clinton supporter whose shameless Democratic partisanship over the past four decades has severely limited American feminism and not allowed it to become the big tent it can and should be. Sarah Palin, if her reputation survives the punishing next two months, may be breaking down those barriers. Feminism, which should be about equal rights and equal opportunity, should not be a closed club requiring an ideological litmus test for membership.

~Camile Paglia's latest Salon.com column

20 Comments:

At 9/10/2008 10:51 PM, Anonymous Fred said...

Palin seems normal to me. She would fit in with the women I know who are hunters, a skydiver (at 75!), EMT personnel, firearms safety instructors, divers, business owners, and other assorted Palinesque types to include the librarian who is on the SWAT team (She's their chaplain.)

 
At 9/11/2008 7:40 AM, Blogger Darryl said...

I second that. I know lots of tough, smart,capable, but caring/nurturing women. Exactly the kind of woman whose face is typically missing in politics and especially missing in the left-leaning media's portrayal of a "strong" American woman. I gotta tell ya, I love this addition to the Rep. ticket!

 
At 9/11/2008 7:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Ms.Palin about to fire that weapon? Because if not, she's violating one of the most basic gun safety principles.

 
At 9/11/2008 9:35 AM, Anonymous QT said...

Just reading today that the budget managed by Bill Clinton as governor of Arkansas was $2 billion/yr. vs. $12 billion/yr managed by Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Hmmm...

Out of curiosity, does anyone understand why feminists routinely make pronouncements as though they speak for all woman kind? 2nd article by feminists telling women what they should think about the social implications of Sarah Palin. Gee...isn't she just running for a public office?

I guess the open question is whether Palin will appeal to this older generation of feminists who still think there is a battle when all the major issues have been resolved.

 
At 9/11/2008 10:03 AM, Blogger Walt G. said...

qt,

I have nothing against Sarah Palin's nomination, but here’s another comparison of their achievements for what it's worth:

Bill Clinton: Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, J.D. from Yale.

Sarah Palin: Bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho.

 
At 9/11/2008 11:58 AM, Blogger Darryl said...

Anonymous said...
"Is Ms.Palin about to fire that weapon? Because if not, she's violating one of the most basic gun safety principles."
7:55 AM

Anon....which safety principle are you referring to? When you aim, make sure you lead a liberal more if its running to the left?

 
At 9/11/2008 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Clinton: Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, J.D. from Yale.

Sarah Palin: Bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho.


Walt, I agree completely. Bill Clinton would make a better college professor.

 
At 9/11/2008 12:46 PM, Blogger Trevre said...

Despite some of the great data and discussion on this blog, it is the kind of statements from a previous speaker that keep many from taking this blog seriously.

You can have all the answers in the world, but if you can't convince people that you are correct respectfully than it is all for nothing.

It does no good to point out what is right by dissing what hard working people are doing wrong, if you can't implement something different positively. It is this type of attitude that Palin has and that is why she won't be good for America.

 
At 9/11/2008 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought this blog was about economics. Also, I don't think it makes sense for a university finance/economics professor to reference his students to a blog that is geared towards passing along his partisan beliefs. I don't believe we students are paying our tuition in order to learn about your favorite politicians.

 
At 9/11/2008 1:31 PM, Anonymous QT said...

Walt g,

A most valid comparison.

Anon. 1:05,

You are correct. This is an econ blog. Identity politics does seem to be off-topic. Politicians, however, do create public policy with far-reaching and often unforeseen economic and social consequences.

Can one realistically separate the subject of economics from the political realities of public policy? In a purely theoretical sense, one can but in a practical sense, one cannot.

 
At 9/11/2008 1:34 PM, Anonymous Fred said...

Obviously, Walt, you don't know anything about the University of Idaho.

 
At 9/11/2008 1:42 PM, Blogger Walt G. said...

fred,

That was not meant as a knock against the University of Idaho or Sarah Palin. Who knows what makes a good President/Vice-President. I surely don't. I know I would never pass the background check :)

 
At 9/11/2008 6:14 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> J.D. from Yale.

Wait, wait!

Bill Clinton was a Juvenile Delinquent?

That explains a lot...

:oP

 
At 9/11/2008 6:41 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> I don't believe we students are paying our tuition in order to learn about your favorite politicians.

Question 1: Are you being *required* to read the blog at all? Or did he just mention it as an optional activity?

Q2: Assuming something is causing Q1 to be "yes", then, are you unable to recognize a political vs. an economic entry?

Q3: Are you actually going to try and tell us that you haven't taken any other courses which weren't inherently political (and it's reasonable to argue that separating economics from politics is impossible in reality even if it's possible in theory), yet somehow had a massively lefty element to them, like a writing/essay assignment which was politically left ("Detail 10 failures of the Bush Administration in Iraq"), or an art essay discussing the issues of government financing ("Explain the importance of Government Funding for the Arts")? Or have you in fact NEVER noticed such things, because you're so brainwashed and that all matches your left-leaning predilections?

 
At 9/12/2008 3:25 AM, Blogger bob wright said...

Curious.

At the time our candidates for president and vice president are being asked to give detailed thoughts about their economic policies, anonymous 1:05 complains that a blog from an economics professor discusses politics.

So politicians should discuss economics but economists should not discuss politics?

This is a blog; not an economics course or phd dissertation.

 
At 9/12/2008 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Bob and oBloody for you assistance in:
a-stating with such confidence what assignments I have and haven't undertaken during my college years.
b-notifying me that Carpe Diem is not, in fact, a PHD dissertation.

Looking at your arguments, however, please explain to me what this post had to do with economics? Since this is an economics blog, and since students are directed to it in order to stay up-to-date on market/economic activity, I would like to know how this post achieved that objective.

 
At 9/12/2008 4:12 PM, Blogger DB said...

anon 2:27pm

The title of the blog is Carpe Diem but there is no description of this blog as an "Economics-only" forum. The reason I know that it is not a strictly econ blog is because there are several comments scattered throughout the various posts which contain copious whining that can not be ascribed to any specific subject. It would seem, at least, that you are in good company. Welcome, my friend.

 
At 9/12/2008 6:25 PM, Blogger bob wright said...

anonymous 1:05

How do you suggest we separate the economic theory from the political implementation of the theory?

 
At 9/14/2008 4:08 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

Anonyliberaltwit:

a-stating with such confidence what assignments I have and haven't undertaken during my college years.

I quote myself:
"Are you actually going to try and tell us that you haven't taken any other courses which weren't inherently (a**)political..."

(** I meant courses which were not political in nature... a typo, hopefully graspable from context)

I clearly did NOT say what you had taken, I simply registered a strong dose of incredulity that you would attempt to suggest that this was ATYPICAL.

Thanks for committing the exact sin which you whine about me doing, which is putting words in someone else's mouth.

> Looking at your arguments, however, please explain to me what this post had to do with economics?

I believe Dr. Perry has made a post in reply to this. I won't put words in his mouth, but I do believe that your question is, literally, ignorant as all hell, if you imagine that politics -- who gets to run the government -- is not a matter of economic consideration as much as any "pure" economic matter as wage and price controls, the CPI, or marginal tax rates... because it's pretty flinkin' obvious that the guys making decisions about the government have an effect on all those things.

Discussion of politics probably should not be the primary focus of a lot of threads and posts, but it's certainly ON-TOPIC for SOME posts, especially at election time.

Duh, and Q.E.D.

.

 
At 9/23/2008 9:41 PM, Anonymous sister please said...

Just who I want to run our country - a woman who can handle a gun.

Are the people on this blog really serious? The job of running the country should be done by the brightest people in the country not folks who are like your good buddy and neighbor. My next door neighbor hosts great barbeques and football parties, but I would not let him near the White House.

Sarah Palin was a below average student who attended many schools, I would prefer the best student from Yale or Harvard in the White House.

 

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