“Palin represented an explosion of a brand new style of muscular American feminism.”
H/T to Bill Hobbs for pointing to an article by Camille Paglia over at Salon. I know. I know. But, read the article first, before you write it off as left-wing propaganda. Anyhow, back to Paglia’s recent piece about “the charismatic Sarah Palin, a powerful new feminist — yes, feminist! — force.”:
…I had heard vaguely about Palin but had never heard her speak. I nearly fell out of my chair. It was like watching a boxing match or a quarter of hard-hitting football — or one of the great light-saber duels in “Star Wars.” (Here are the two Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn, going at it with Darth Maul in “The Phantom Menace.”) This woman turned out to be a tough, scrappy fighter with a mischievous sense of humor.
Conservative though she may be, I felt that Palin represented an explosion of a brand new style of muscular American feminism. At her startling debut on that day, she was combining male and female qualities in ways that I have never seen before. And she was somehow able to seem simultaneously reassuringly traditional and gung-ho futurist. In terms of redefining the persona for female authority and leadership, Palin has made the biggest step forward in feminism since Madonna channeled the dominatrix persona of high-glam Marlene Dietrich and rammed pro-sex, pro-beauty feminism down the throats of the prissy, victim-mongering, philistine feminist establishment…
I’ve noted before that feminists are coming out in support of Palin. Continued smears will just fan the flames. The double-standards of the media – Yes. Some of the same media missing-in-action, lately. – probably aren’t sitting too well either. I guess that’s just something else to drive the media nuts.