Thursday, September 4, 2008

She's still awesome.


And has bitchin' style, to boot.

Read THIS.

"This isn't the first time a boss has picked an unqualified woman just because she agrees with him and opposes everything most other women want and need. Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie."

On Palin, she writes: "I don't doubt her sincerity. As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Assn., she doesn't just support killing animals from helicopters, she does it herself. She doesn't just talk about increasing the use of fossil fuels but puts a coal-burning power plant in her own small town. She doesn't just echo McCain's pledge to criminalize abortion by overturning Roe vs. Wade, she says that if one of her daughters were impregnated by rape or incest, she should bear the child. She not only opposes reproductive freedom as a human right but implies that it dictates abortion, without saying that it also protects the right to have a child."


UPDATE:

I found an interview from 1995 in which she says this, and I couldn't help but think that she could also be saying the same think about Obama today.

Q: Isn't it possible that the country really is a good deal more conservative than people like you might have imagined?

A: I would believe that if I didn't travel. I'm met--wherever, the airport or the bus station--by this hardy band of activists who say one of two things: either, "This is the most conservative place you've ever been," or, "This is the most apathetic place." Then they say: "We've hired a hall for tonight. We're really afraid no-body's going to come. We're this lonely, embattled group."

Then you get to this hall they've hired. The hall is full. There are thousands of people outside. This happens constantly. And it happens to Ralph Nader. It happens to anybody who expresses hope rather than fear. I mean at Princeton we had to walk across the campus for an hour to get a bigger hall. Sometimes at bookstores there have been people sleeping in sleeping bags outside to keep a place in line.

You can read the full interview HERE.

43 comments:

Decorina said...

Wonderful post. Especially this:

"Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie."

Go Decorno!

Anonymous said...

She is indeed a woman that all American women owe a great deal of thanks to. Without her I very much doubt that Sarah Palin would be the nominee for V.P.

Lisa said...

THANK YOU DECORNO! (AND YES, I AM SHOUTING!)

Gloria is correct.

Karl Rove in a Gidget costume indeed.

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:15 Do you really have so little faith in women?

Anonymous said...

Great, great post. Love it.

Anonymous said...

anon 11:15

Do you think Palin appreciates Steinem's pioneering work?

Decorno said...

Anon 12:33. I deleted your comment. It wasn't funny enough. A fat joke? Really?

Try harder.

...love Maegan said...

yes. YES.

Anonymous said...

Oh, gag, another tedious and insipid political post.

I'll be back when you're talking decor again.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait, 1:51!

sara said...

Great article, so very true.

Anonymous said...

Gloria once said, "having an abortion was a spiritual experience". I think I'll pass on her judgement and WISDOM.

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:45, I do not believe that women would be where they are without Steinem. It's not that I don't have faith in women, but that Steinem was actively achieving equality before I was born. She made the world better for me and paved the way for me (and Palin) to achieve (or not achieve, in Palin's case). The world owes her a debt.

And as for her remarks about Palin, I think Gloria is right on. I read the full article this morning and cheered. I find the Palin choice disappointing. I'll say my little thing here, as I don't have my own blog, but I am a life-long Republican and value fiscal conservatism. The party, however, has long been hijacked by the religious right and doesn't practice what it preaches. The government is bigger now than it was when Clinton left office and Bush has spent trillions of dollars on the Iraq war. A war, mind you, that only got waged because Bush and Cheney lied to us. Knowingly lied. To claim "small government" as the Republicans have during the convention this week is a sound bite with little meaning nowadays. Maybe it represented the party actions once upon a time, but it certainly doesn't today. The Republicans are rabidly shouting about social conservative values to mask their financial moves that threaten the stability of our citizens.

When I look at the things that I am grateful for about my life and what I would like others to have, it would be my education and health. I get a small income from dividends and interest, but it pales in comparison with my (very) meager salary. While I enjoy paying low taxes on my investment income, I would willingly choose to pay higher taxes on that and benefit from a lower income tax (which I DO have to pay despite what Fox News claims about the lower middle class), universal health care, more heavily-subsidized universities and financial aid, and not waging wars that bring in money for evil oil companies. I also want mass transit for our nation so that we, as a people, can stop poring our hard-earned money in cars, tires, oil changes, repairs, and gasoline. I want a cleaner earth and I want to be richer. I do not want to file bankruptcy if I happen to come down with cancer and my insurance company denies me coverage on procedures. I want the same for my family and neighbors.

While I value being conservative with government money, I also think that there are things are are worth spending our money on. And that would be our people.

McCain had the opportunity to redefine the Republican party by not reverting to the religious right by choosing Palin. He could have talked rationally to the American people to come up with decent solutions and could have thus gotten the centrist independents into his party. All of the disenfranchised Republicans would have come back and become to the new base. He completely sold out, however, by choosing someone so blatantly inexperienced and unqualified just to give him a chance of winning this election. Thanks for putting the country first, McCain. Thanks for sticking us with a person who knows nothing about national policy.

Moreover, I cannot even begin to describe how angry I am that Palin and Giuliani mocked community organizers. I registered as a Democrat today and donated money to Obama.

Anonymous said...

Decorno

anon 12:33 here. geez! censoring my fat joke? I simply wished to contribute to this most erudite and opened minded conversation

decorno said...

I get it, and that's cool. You just need to amp up the funny. That's all.

Anonymous said...

"I cannot even begin to describe how angry I am that Palin and Giuliani mocked community organizers"

I'm with you. Palin brags about getting her start with the PTA. The PTA is community organizing at its most fundamental.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad Gloria helped pave the way for us all ... I mean that.
But.
She is a skank. Maybe smart and brave but did a whole lot of sleepin' around and a lot of abortions. Seriously gross. Just take the pill. Why would anyone need multiple abortions?

Anonymous said...

Does that mean Palin's daughter is a "skank" too? (With all that sleepin' around.)

Are the men she was with skanks, too?

anon said...

Oh yes. All skanky. Mensluts. Palin's daughter can at least hope to keep her number of men less than 100 (unlike the gyno-saur Gloria who did some major sleepin around) We aren't talking high school slutting, college slutting. Gloria's done dozens and dozens.

Anonymous said...

And you've done as many as...zero.

Anonymous said...

Does that mean Palin's daughter is a "skank" too? (With all that sleepin' around.)

Slander much? Or do you have evidence of "all that sleepin' around"?

Oh, I'm sorry. I forgot -- you're not interested in actual facts, you're just interested in trying to grind a young girl into the ground in the hopes that it will further your political interests.

Classy.

Anonymous said...

4:43

Your sarcasm detector seems to be broken.

Anonymous said...

anon 4:16

Re. Your claim that Steinem has "a lot of" abortions, "multiple" abortions...

Evidence?

Anonymous said...

I thought as much.

drwende said...

Why should Gloria Steinem have limited herself to some fixed (low) number of men, other than the difficulty of finding large numbers of 'em that are tolerable when they're awake and talking? As long as she was having a good time and everyone was a consenting adult, I don't see a problem.

THANK YOU, Decorno, for that post. As the token woman in my office, I've been quizzed all day about my opinions on Palin as if I'm supposed to be thrilled with her as a beacon of feminism. She's doing nicely speech-wise, but I'm hardly going to go all estrogen-struck and change my party just because she's a girl, even if she would make one hell of an entertaining cartoon character.

Kwana said...

Thanks for this link Decorno. I hope you don't mind if I borrow it for my blog tomorrow. Wonderful!

decorno said...

By all means.. spread the gospel, Kwana.

Kwana said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Amen anon 11:45!

Anonymous said...

sorry, I meant amen anon 3:05. too many anons!

Anonymous said...

"I am a life-long Republican and value fiscal conservatism. The party, however, has long been hijacked by the religious right and doesn't practice what it preaches."

Preach it, anon 3:05. I mean, actually, don't preach, because I've had enough of that, actually.

A Christian for Jesus said...

The problem isn't the number of abortions she had, it's the fact that she enjoyed them.

Melissa said...

woohoo! I think it's awesome that you just posted a Mother Jones article. You're already my fav blog but you just went up a few notches :)

Decorno said...

Melissa, glad you noticed! I may like fancy shoes and enjoy snark as one of my favorite food groups, but as an Oregon-raised kid, I am really just a hippie socialist at heart.

Richie Designs said...

"It happens to anybody who expresses hope rather than fear."

just gave me chills.

-thank god for hope rather than fear.

Anonymous said...

Christian for Jesus--just curious about your name...are there other kinds of Christians? Just wondering.

Topsy Turvy said...

Wonderful, wonderful! Thank you for printing this.

-Lana

arline said...

thank you for posting this!

kalliope said...

anon 10:24, yes there are other kinds of Christians. For example, the kind I consider myself to be, a flag-waving, pro-choice, tolerant and liberal one. One who can't sit back and watch the conservative right hijack my religion and my flag any longer.

s. said...

Mmmm, yeah. But that doesn't answer the question. Christians are for Jesus. All of them. You can also be a liberal, pro-choice, a dog-walker, whatever... but that's another matter altogether and not relevant to the question that was posed.

As for the Steinem piece, I have to say that it leaves a sour taste in my mouth. Palin and I are not politically aligned, but to say that she's a tool Patriarchy of the because she doesn't fit Steinem's brand of feminism seems bigoted and just down-right rude.

s. said...

PS - didn't you have a comment somewhere about "the smart ones have abortions?" Maybe I'm misremembering but I was thrilled to read it because OF COURSE IT'S TRUE but even vehement pro-choicers are often loathe to write that kind of thing...

Anonymous said...

I've always been pro choice...
you have the choice to use a condom and the choice to take the pill.
If that makes me an anti-femminist, behind-the-times harpy, I'm ok with that.

Femminism should be about equality and respect.
I don't see anything to respect in acting like a skank.

Anonymous said...

s. - what brand of 'feminism' doesn't believe in choice for women, doesn't support equal pay, and legislates to charge rape victims for the police rape kit {as she did as mayor}? The list goes on...

She is a tool. McCain tapped a 5'6" vagina with a folksy "everymom" persona - and it is for that reason she was picked.