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Eve Ensler, the American playwright, performer, feminist and activist best known for "The Vagina Monologues", wrote the following. Please, go and read.

I am having Sarah Palin nightmares....

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catalenamara
Sep. 19th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
McCain's choice scares me to death, because Palin might just get McCain the presidency. All of those evangelicals who were thinking about sitting out the election because McCain makes them squeamish have fallen right in line behind him now. They're practically having orgasms over Palin's selection. This race got a *lot* tougher. Maybe McCain's tone-deafness on the economy will make at least a few of these people think.

Eve said:
>>>It is hard to write about Sarah Palin.
>> This is why the Sarah Palin choice
>> was all the more insidious and cynical.
>> The people who made this choice
>> count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists.
>> But everything Sarah Palin believes in
>> and practices is antithetical to Feminism

I've thought for many, many years that this hesitation on the part of feminists to write negatively about other women is a trap and a huge blind spot. A blind spot, because it assumes a commonality based on nothing more than gender. A trap, because it allows people like Palin to exploit this as a weakness.

I guess it's from my perspective, having grown up in the reddest part of a red state, and having parents who practically worshipped Phyllis Schlafly, but I know these people, I understand how they think and how dangerous their mindset can be, and how they will continually vote against their own best interests when rightwing politicians throw out their code words.

I hope we make it through all of this and that Obama wins this election. I don't know if the world can afford the alternative.
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