Dear Sarah Palin,
This has been a looooooong time coming.
I like you. I really do. I think that despite those Katie Couric interviews, you’re actually kind of smart. Kind of. You actually have to be a little smart to be able to convince the Republican party that you are its future – especially when you’re possibly its biggest liability.
But that’s not what I wanted to talk to you about, Sarah. If you become the face of the Republican party, that’s FINE with me. I know the presidency of the United States will be in very safe Democrat hands for the next decade or so if you remain the party’s ‘star.’ That being said, this is the United States. If GW became president, well, ugh…
Anyway, back to the topic at hand. I wanted to talk to you about a little something you and I share in common. You see, Sarah, you and I are both women. And that means that we belong to a ‘sisterhood’ of sorts; another word for it is ‘feminism.’ But I have a problem with your view of our ‘sisterhood,’ or feminism.
You see, I believe that at its core, feminism is about choice. That means that as a woman, I should be able to choose what I should do with my body and my life. It means that the country where I live should be structured in a way which allows women to make those choices.
You, on the other hand, want a country that restricts the rights of women – or women that aren’t you or your daughters. You want a country where only certain women have choices, privileged women.
Do not pretend that you speak for me and women everywhere, Sarah. Do not pretend that you believe in equal pay for equal work when you’re the running mate of a man who voted against legislation which sought to create equal pay for equal work. Do not pretend you believe in justice for women when the town you were mayor of charged women for rape kits and you didn’t do a damn thing about it. Do not pretend you are a friend of working mothers when you have done nothing to help make their lives easier. And do not pretend you are a feminist when you seek to criminalize women who want to be able to have an abortion.
Sarah, you are not a feminist. You’re merely a pretender.