Alex Blaze

Anti-feminist crocodile tears

Filed By Alex Blaze | September 10, 2008 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: Alaska, chosen family, John McCain, Kevin McCullough, McCain/Palin, palin, palin baby, pictures, pro-choice, pro-life, rape kits, Sarah Palin, teen pregnancy

While a Townhall column that opens by telling women who is a feminist icon and who's not (spoiler: Hillary Clinton didn't make the cut), this Kevin McCullough column crosses the line from "typical Republican garbage" to "creepy old guy who hangs out in bars and rates women as they walk in."

After talking about how feminism was the best in the 20's and over with the 19th amendment, he talks about why feminists are so afraid of Sarah Palin:

She's not afraid to don some lipstick and use her comely attraction to romance "her guy" one night, and turn around and beat back corruption as a fierce defender of what is right the next day. She "bitterly" clings to God, and that picture of her holding and aiming an M-16 is one of the coolest pictures on the internet. Excelling in sports, beauty, education, business, and government she is confident in her beliefs, accomplishments, and results. And that's truly what the 1920's feminists set out to achieve.

I dunno. Something tells me that this is probably more along the lines of why feminists like Gloria Steinem don't like Sarah Palin (from bitch phd):

I shit you not. This article doesn't mention her by name, but check the dateline: Palin was mayor of Wasilla.

That means that under her leadership,

the Wasilla police department [did] charge the victims of sexual assault for the tests.

Back in 2000, Alaska's then-governor, Tony Knowles,

signed legislation protecting victims of sexual assault from being billed for tests to collect evidence of the crime, but one local police chief said the new law will further burden taxpayers.

That police chief was Charlie Fannon, Palin's appointee. One can only assume that she supported Wasilla's policy of billing rape victims for their own rape kits--the kits police and hospitals use to collect evidence after a rape--not only because Fannon was her appointee, but also because this was four years into her tenure as mayor and because, let's be honest: in a town of that size, the mayor doesn't get to plead ignorance of policies or public statements of her own chief of police.

What was Fannon's rationale? He didn't "want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer."

Because that's such a burden on taxpayers, paying for rape kits that can be used to prosecute people who committed that crime. Not only do these women get raped, they get charged by the state for the privilege. And Sarah Palinwas responsible for that one.

How about this?

After the legislature passed a spending bill in April, Palin went through the measure reducing and eliminating funds for programs she opposed. Inking her initials on the legislation -- "SP" -- Palin reduced funding for Covenant House Alaska by more than 20 percent, cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million. Covenant House is a mix of programs and shelters for troubled youths, including Passage House, which is a transitional home for teenage mothers.

According to Passage House's web site, its purpose is to provide "young mothers a place to live with their babies for up to eighteen months while they gain the necessary skills and resources to change their lives" and help teen moms "become productive, successful, independent adults who create and provide a stable environment for themselves and their families."

Her pregnant teenage daughter will be provided with housing, food, and health care, but she opposes those for other pregnant teenagers. All the while opposing women's choice across the board:

In 2002, when she was running for lieutenant governor, Palin sent an e-mail to the anti-abortion Alaska Right to Life Board saying she was as "pro-life as any candidate can be" and has "adamantly supported our cause since I first understood, as a child, the atrocity of abortion."

So she opposes women's choice, and she's against helping out pregnant teenagers. One would think that she'd support safer sex education, but she doesn't:

Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?

Palin: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.

What Palin wants is for the state to prevent women from deciding what happens to their own bodies (or at least those who are poor. Abortion bans have a way of only affecting those who can't just cross state lines when they want a medical procedure). Whether she's a woman or not, she's a part of a much larger American tradition of limiting women's freedom in order to preserve male privilege.

And while conservatives like McCullough think pictures of her are "cool" and talk about how she's fuckin' hot, their unhinged complaints about sexism here are far from legitimate:

Susan B. Anthony derided abortion, and there wasn't a sniff of "lesbian rights" amongst the suffragettes. All they wanted was to be treated equally, but they didn't need to restructure the basis of society, or murder their unborn (or in Obama's world "born") children to do so.

It's great to know that McCullough has accepted that women should be allowed to vote. It's so open-minded of him. Give him a god damned cookie.

But his silly cry of sexism (because Obama has the audacity to run against her) rings a little hollow after he wrote a "10" in his little notepad as Sarah Palin walked on the national stage. If he wanted to substantively support women's liberation, he had plenty of other opportunities to.


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I love the "whiff of lesbianism" comment. If he really thinks that's true, I have a whole heap of ocean front property here in Indianapolis that I'd love to sell him.

What a douchebag.

Melanie Davis | September 11, 2008 4:06 AM

Watch it, Bil. We may yet have ocean-front property here. Better get the Hurricane Insurance before it's too late.

I like taking the phrase "whiff of lesbianism" out of context. Kinky!