Monday, October 13, 2008

Why Some Women Hate Sarah Palin and You

Whoopi Goldberg (or whatever her real name is) - "This girl is dangerous to me. This is a very dangerous woman..."

Madonna- (or whatever she calls herself this week) "The Sarah Palin Isn't Welcome Tour"

Rosanne Barr- "The right has defined birth control as being abortion. Palin doesn't believe that women or girls should have birth control." (is that supposed to be a joke?)

Time Magazines Belinda Luscombe has written an interesting analysis of the source of the hatred.

Belinda writes...
"The hatred women have for Sarah Palin, and others had for Hillary before her, is not necessarily about politics. Anybody can run the numbers on how many people Palin's pro-life, pro-gun, socially conservative policies will seduce and how many they will alienate. Rather, the test that the McCain campaign failed to put her through was the Abbotsleigh Ladies College test. (Named after my high school. Go, green and gold!). It's a simple three-point pass-fail exam: Will the other girls like her?

Here's why Palin doesn't make the grade:

1. She's too pretty. This is very bad news. At school, pretty girls tend to be liked only by other pretty girls. The rest of us, whose looks hover somewhere around underwhelming, resent them and whisper archly of their "unearned attention." So, if everyone calls your candidate "hot," you're in a whole mess of trouble. If the Pakistani head-of-state more or less hits on her, well, yes, she'll get a sympathy vote, but we're in Dukakis-in-the-tank territory. It's an admiration vaporizer. (Of course a candidate can't be too ugly, or it will scare the men, who are clearly shallow as a gender.)

2. She's too confident. This also bodes ill. Women have self-esteem issues. But they also have other-women's-esteem issues. As almost any woman — from the head of the Budgerigar Breeders association to Queen Elizabeth — can attest, it's almost impossible to get confidence right. Too timid and you're a pushover. Too self-aggrandizing and you're a bad word unless it's about a dog, or Project Runway's Kenley. Or Michelle, my best friend until 9th grade, after she won that debating prize and got cocky.

3. She could embarrass us. History is not on Palin's side. Every time a woman gets a plum job, be she Hewlett-Packard's ex-boss, Carly Fiorina, or CBS's Katie Couric, there's always that whispery fear that people will think she got the job just because she's a woman. So if things don't go well — and a couple of YouTube clips have suggested that they're certainly not going well for Palin — women are the first to turn on her for making it harder for the rest of us to louse up at work.

Belinda wraps it up for democrat women voters...

I know, I know. With all this extra baggage a female candidate has to bear, the chances of finding a woman whom other women won't hate seem skinnier than last year's jeans."-end

So... let me get this right.. if you are a smart mother of (x) who has run a business and are interested in politics and lets say you work your way up from Town Council to Mayor to Governor to candidate for Vice President and you like the outdoors, hunting, fishing and you have experience with controlling the oil and gas industry and running government, experience fighting corruption (even in your own political party) and are very pretty and extremely likable... then some women will automatically hate you. Okay, sure.... but there is more at play here.

Maybe sure... but I say there is one common thread among these Sarah Palin haters... one issue that they all run to and use as a weapon.. distort Palin's positions as Rosanne and others do to make their weak argument sound reasonable. Disgusting, these women hate Sarah Palin because she stands for life over death. It's just that simple.


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