palin power

17.September.08

So I started the friggin post yesterday, and got finished with Palin link #4, and my stupid internet got messed up and only saved link #4 and nothing before it. So bear with me y’all.

The idea behind this post is creating a list of the best Palin commentaries that I have discovered since her unveiling. It is ongoing, so make sure to check back for updates!

1.This is the first piece that I found that I really agreed with and liked. It is an open letter to Governor Palin from Lynn Paltrow, the Executive Director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women. She brings to light’s Palin’s own decision to wait 11 hours after her water broke to deliver her most recent child:

You evaluated the risks, made a choice, and were able to carry on your life without state interference. Texas Governor Rick Perry worried about your pregnancy but didn’t stop you from speaking or take you into custody to protect the rights of the fetus…..

….When Laura Pemberton chose to give birth at home in Florida, a Sheriff came to her house. Doctors believed that she was posing a risk to the life of her unborn child by having a vaginal birth after having had a previous c-section. The doctors were in the process of getting a court- order to force her to have a c-section. The sheriff took Ms. Pemberton into custody during active labor, strapped her legs together and forced her to go to a hospital where an emergency hearing was taking place to determine the rights of her fetus. She was “allowed” to represent herself. A lawyer was appointed for the fetus. This woman, who vehemently opposes abortion, nevertheless believed in her right to evaluate medical risks and benefits to herself and her unborn child. She was forced to have the unnecessary surgery and when she later sued for violations of her civil rights, was told fetal rights outweighed hers….

…Sixty one percent of women who have abortions are already mothers. Eighty-four percent of these women will be mothers by the time they are in forties. We hope that you, as the proud mother of five beautiful children, will recognize that the issue isn’t abortion – it is ensuring the lives, dignity and freedom of all pregnant women and their families.

2. This is a piece written by one of my favorite feminists (I pretty much almost met her when she spoke at an even that this organization I interned for held…yeah, she’s pretty much a celebrity to me), Eve Ensler. In case you have never heard of her, she is the woman who started the phenomenon of the Vagina Monologues and V-Day. Here is a piece she wrote called “Drill Drill Drill” :

…But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story — connected to saving the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war.

…I write to my sisters. I write because I believe we hold this election in our hands. This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S., but of the planet. It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine if money gets spent on education and healthcare or whether we build more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.

3. Who says that Hollywood celebrities don’t have something to say about politics? Apparently, Lindsay Lohan has a bone to pick with Palin. What’s sad is that more people will probably read L.Lo’s myspace blog entry about Palin and not ready the other opinions that I have on this post. Oh well.

I really cannot bite my tongue anymore when it comes to Sarah Palin.

I couldn’t be more supportive of a woman in office, but let’s face it, it comes down to the person, and their beliefs, male or female.

Is it a sin to be gay? Should it be a sin to be straight? Or to use birth control? Or to have sex before marriage? Or even to have a child out of wedlock?

read on if you dare…

4. Aaaand one of my favorite writers for The Nation, Katha Pollitt. Maybe because I like saying her first name out loud b/c it sounds German. Here is her little ditty on Palin:

If there were an Olympics for hypocrisy, the Republican Party would have more gold medals than Michael Phelps. And Palin would be wearing quite a few of them. It takes chutzpah for a mother to thrust her pregnant teen into the world’s harshest spotlight and then demand the world respect the girl’s privacy. But then it takes chutzpah to support criminalizing abortion and then praise Bristol’s “decision” to have the baby. The right to decide, and privacy, after all, are two of the things Palin wants to deny every other woman, and every other family, in America. Palin’s even said she would “choose life” if her daughter was pregnant from rape. Can’t you just hear Bristol groaning, “Mo-om…!”

Ok, that’s all for now…

UPDATE:

5. I first read of Tim Wise from Stuff White People Do, and he recently came out with this piece, basically on Palin, McCain, and white privelege: This is Your Nation on White Privilege

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay

….White privilege is being able to convince white women who don’t even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a “second look.”
….

Tim also posted a follow up piece..

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