Women Against Sarah Palin

Update: It’s actually quite tricky to figure out what to do to contribute to the blog below. Best bet seems to be to email womensaynopalin@gmail.com. But there are also links on the blog, at the upper right, to other sites with other methods, such as this petition. Thanks all of you in comments!

The blog begins:

ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, WE SENT OUT AN EMAIL TO 40 FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES ASKING THEM TO RESPOND TO SARAH PALIN’S CANDIDACY AS VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THEY FORWARDED THE LETTER TO THEIR FRIENDS ACROSS AMERICA. TO DATE, WE HAVE RECEIVED MORE THAN 100,000 RESPONSES FROM WOMEN OF ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS. BELOW ARE THEIR VOICES.

They also write:

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.

Go add your voice! (If you agree, and if you’re a woman.)

16 thoughts on “Women Against Sarah Palin

  1. he believes that American women will vote for any female candidate regardless of their qualifications.

    Regardless of the merits of this statement rhetorically, I think it’s an inappropriate disservice to McCain to claim that he has such simplistic beliefs.

  2. bell hooks has that pithily-phrased argument that describes madonna as a “dick in drag” (i.e., a woman who is interested not in changing patriarchial power, but in becoming a de facto patriarch herself). i think palin’s “pit bull in lipstick” is basically her own way of saying she’s a “dick in drag” (given the ways that pit bulls are masculinized — and racialized, which no one that I know of has commented on in relation to this…).

  3. Iga,
    I expect McCain’s position holds a much more nuanced understanding of how to fool key segments of the American public.

    Sadly, I am as sure as the author that he is wrong since similar people won the previous two elections with that sort of approach.

  4. Sally: I was wondering the same thing… There is a link on the right menu of the blog (under Action) that leads to a Women Against Palin website, which includes this page. I suspect that the blog and the website are connected, though I haven’t checked.

  5. “(If you agree, and if you’re a woman.)” Are you saying men can’t be qualified feminist that can contribute meaningfully to a dialogue? sounds sexist to me.

  6. I don’t think at all that men can’t contribute to the dialogue, and I’ve often argued this quite forcefully here. I put in the caveat only because the site linked to is (sadly, to my mind) just soliciting contributions from women.

  7. Make a donation to Planned Parenthood in the name of Sarah Palin and send the donation annoucement card to McCain’s Campaign? That will send McCain a message. He lost my vote with his appointment. Obviously Palin’s ability to lead should be questioned, because she would be “a heart beat away” from the presidency. She is a liar, ignorant, ill informed, neglectful, hypocritcal, manipulative and vindictive. And that is just what is a matter of public record. As for her leadership skills, how many of us working mothers have kept our children away from drugs and our daughters from getting pregnant?

  8. I am a feminist philosopher and a registered voter in the state of Florida. I do believe that legislation and positions supported by Palin run counter to freedom and equality for all women. I also recognize, however, that the GOP political machine (not all Republicans, but that group who aims to form a permanent Republican majority, destroy our system of checks and balances, and dismantle the middle class that my grandfather’s generation worked hard to form) has victimized Palin. It was sexist to select her just because she is a woman. She now occupies a role larger than herself and, in that role; she will be attacked relentlessly by those of us who care about women’s issues. Don’t get me wrong, I will attack, but I know she is subject to these attacks because she was nominated for a position for which she is clearly not qualified simply because she is a woman. Too bad she didn’t decline. We’re coming after you Plain. Better take off the heals…we wear boots.

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