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Ever read Camille Paglia?

September 14, 2008

Now there is a Woman.  A woman like the pioneer women who built our country — fearless, honest, and intellectually muscular.  I disagree with so much of what she says, yet I fiercely respect her as a woman who thinks. 

She says this:

Now that’s the Sarah Palin brand of can-do, no-excuses, moose-hunting feminism — 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.

And this:

It is nonsensical and counterproductive for Democrats to imagine that pro-life values can be defeated by maliciously destroying their proponents. And it is equally foolish to expect that feminism must for all time be inextricably wed to the pro-choice agenda. There is plenty of room in modern thought for a pro-life feminism — one in fact that would have far more appeal to third-world cultures where motherhood is still honored and where the Western model of the hard-driving, self-absorbed career woman is less admired

And I’d like to point out to Ms. Paglia that normal Americans still do honor motherhood.  It is not an either-or choice.  It is yes-and.  Yes, we honor motherhood, and yes, we admire hard-driving career women.  I don’t agree that hard-driving and self-absorbed need always go together, but when they do, hoo boy is it ugly.

Lots to think about in this column:  http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2008/09/10/palin/

Low-ad version here:   http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2008/09/10/palin/print.html

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