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Modern Feminism is irrelevant IRL

September 14, 2008

It’s individualism that produces successful, positive women.

After Gov. Palin’s acceptance speech, Barbara Kay says:

Because Palin proved you don’t need the Sisterhood to pierce the glass ceiling. In her single calculated comment about women, she said, “This is America, and every woman can walk through every door of opportunity.”

Got that? It wasn’t Gloria Steinem that put me on this podium. It was my made-in-small-town-America traditional social values combined with old-fashioned patriotism and Alaska-instilled pioneerism.

Palin isn’t “redefin[ing] the feminist ideal,” as Jonathan Kay put it yesterday in his column’s misguided paean to Palin as a kind of multi-function iFeminist for the postmodern woman. Ideologybased behaviour of any kind is irrelevant to Palin, and millions of other small-town women — and always was. Love of family, community, country — not conspiracy theories — is what guides their political compass.   [Admin. note:  Darn tootin’!]

The ultimate American individual, Palin wasn’t ever committed to any collectivity but America itself. She was never “I am Woman, hear me roar.” She was always, “I am Sarah, watch me act.” Palin represents what would have happened to American women without a feminist revolution. For legal and social equity for women was bound to arise organically through political and cultural reform, as more and more women entered university and the work force, a process well underway before feminism became an organized movement.

Culture of victimitis believers go home.  Read the whole thing.





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