by canadian gal, Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 06:33:05 PM EDT
(cross posted at kickin it with cg)
It's been roughly 10 hours and 30 minutes since John McCain announced his VP pick Sarah Palin. Since that time - I think its safe to say that the American public and particularly the media and blogosphere have been chomping at the bit to get their sexist rocks off.
As shakesville says:
We defend Sarah Palin against misogynist smears not because we endorse her or her politics, but because that's how feminism works. For the record, there is plenty about which to criticize Palin that has absolutely fuck-all to do with her sex. She's anti-choice, against marriage equality, pro-death penalty, pro-guns, and loves Big Business. (In other words, she's a Republican.) There's no goddamned reason to criticize her for anything but her policies.
And as DoctorScience says - The biggest single danger of Palin's candidacy is that it will bring enough foaming misogyny out of the Democratic side to repel some female voters over to McCain.
Let's take a look at a few examples from the last 10 hours, shall we?
A clever blogger started the website VPILF, and I think it speaks for itself.
Suggestions that Palin is a puppet and her husband is really the Governor of Alaska.
And while the media has too many examples to being up - one comes to mind...
Palin has been the VP pick for all of five minutes, and already one of the (male) reporters on CNN just asked another reporter something along the lines of, "Now, Palin also has a baby with Down's Syndrome. Those children require an awful lot of care. Do you think she'll be able to balance taking care of that baby with being Vice President? I mean, having a Down's Syndrome baby takes up a lot of time and energy.
I guess the lessons from the Democratic primary didn't catch.