Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Paglia on Palin

Camille Paglia has penned a confused ode to Sarah Palin, declaring her a feminist or something:

As a dissident feminist, I have been arguing since my arrival on the scene nearly 20 years ago that young American women aspiring to political power should be studying military history rather than taking women's studies courses, with their rote agenda of never-ending grievances.
So Paglia likes Sarah Palin because Palin studied military history? Where did she study military history? Or anything like it? What did she do based on that study? That Sarah Palin has the slightest background in military history is news to me. Maybe she watched the Ken Burns documentary on the Civil War? I did too, but it doesn't make me a feminist (dissident or otherwise), and it certainly doesn't qualify me to take over after 72-year-old cancer-riddled John McCain dies from constantly lying.

As for the ugliness of "never-ending grievances" that Paglia finds so unbearable among feminists who aren't herself, Madonna, Dianne Feinstein, or Sarah Palin -- are we to take seriously the idea that Sarah Palin hasn't brought a long list of grievances to the national stage? Her entire candidacy is a grievance -- a non-stop bitch-fest by her and on her behalf that she's been diminished, demeaned, and insulted when people point out that she has no apparent qualifications for the vice-presidency, or when big bad meanies in the media talk about her family (forgetting the substantial portions of her stump speech in which she blabbers on about ... wait for it ... her family). She can talk about her family as she promotes her candidacy, but others hurt her precious feelings and Degrade Motherhood when they bring it up? And this is non-whiny feminism? Please.

Paglia continues her ode:
I may not agree a jot with her about basic principles, but I have immensely enjoyed Palin's boffo performances at her debut and at the Republican convention, where she astonishingly dealt with multiple technical malfunctions without missing a beat.
Paglia disagrees with Palin on everything worth having an opinion on, but really enjoys the boffo visuals (perhaps the lipstick that famously helps us tell Sarah Palin from a pit bull?) and admires the way she handled a teleprompter while reciting a speech.

Yay feminism?

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