Maybe Sarah Palin is a feminist.
A youtube video shows her embracing the same superficial identity politics of those third-wave feminists who insist feminists can be pretty too.
“You are all a bunch of cool looking Christians,” Palin tells the Assembly of God, the Alaskan church where she and her children were baptized, “people are going to be interested in Jesus Christ through you because of the way you look.” She lavishes special attention on one “red-headed Sasquatch for Jesus.”
“Times are really changing and with the times that change,” she tells the crowd, “looks even change.”
Unlike those stodgy, uptight, angry feminists – uh, I mean evangelical Christians – of the past, this generation of evangelicals is “hip, unique and creative.”
Can you see the new t-shirt?
Front: This Is What A Feminist Looks Like
Back: This Is What A Christian Looks Like
Also not hot: her asking the congregation to pray for Alaska’s economic future. According to Palin, “God’s will has to be done in unifying individuals and corporations.”
See what happens when you insist on wrapping politics in a pretty package?
The post-feminist generation seems genuinely perplexed when they encounter textbook examples of gender inequality.
“Girl Power at School, but Not at the Office,” by Hannah Seligson, is number two on the NYT most emailed stories list (Maureen Dowd’s “Vice in Go-Go Boots” is number one).
Seligson, 25, noticed that the “girl power” that fueled her and her female cohort through their educational years mysteriously petered out on her first job. She found that men’s modes of interaction were valued in the workplace. Networking (in the form of going out with the guys for a beer), asking for a raise, singing your own praises: all of these qualities made men money and earned them recognition denied to women. Seligson notes too that men are versed in this skill set upon beginning their careers; women are not.
There’s a feminist-sized hole in Seligson’s world-view. If girl power really buoyed women to equality with men during her educational years, why did men emerge with different sets of skills? Why did men leave university with the traits they needed to succeed in the workplace, while women don’t? I could continue with this line of questioning, but I’m sure you get the point.
Girl power is used to pull the wool over the eyes of generations of young women. They, in turn, are happy, happy little sheep.
Seligson’s remedy to these issues? Find a mentor at work. Also, we are to make sure that an office’s work environment is friendly to women before we accept a job.
I have a suggestion for Seligson’s next advice book: what to do when you are assertive (or, heavens forbid, aggressive) at work and everyone thinks you’re a total fucking bitch-whore. Or a nutso dried up pantsuit wearer. Now that would be a helpful tome to have on hand.