via Feminist Law Professors, who calls the visit “cringeworthy.” I’m not so sure — let’s keep in mind that these sound bites are often taken out of context. Also, let’s face it, a lot of so-called progressive columnists like to make Palin look like a stupid hillbilly. [who the hell cares about her pedicure — how about discussing the substance of her visit? To paraphrase Melissa McEwan, if you take misogynist pot-shots at conservative women, you’re a fauxgressive, not a progressive]
I’d agree that mentioning Susan B. Anthony opposed abortion is annoying, but it’s also true. Palin just neglects to mention the context — at the time, abortion was a dangerous procedure. Anthony also believed that the sexual double standard caused women to have abortions. (“When a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is a sign that, by education or circumstances, she has been greatly wronged.” 1869)
Palin’s remark that “I think the more things change, the more they stay the same in some arenas,” is dead on IMHO. At least she’s trying to appreciate early feminists and the ways they paved the way for her and other female leaders. Here’s a slideshow of the visit from the Syracuse, NY local news.
Folks, we can’t always preach to the choir. If Palin’s visit to Seneca Falls can convert other conservative women to the cause of feminism, then this is a good thing.