After a full day’s of hard work at the AF Headquarters, we’re finally back to respond to a few reblogs and comments that have been going around the Tumblverse.
We would like to start with Squashed. We consider it an honor to accept Squashed’s challenge. We’re all big Squashed fans here and we strongly believe political discourse would be highly elevated if everyone followed his civilized, vitriol-free way of debating.
So as to not overwhelm our respective readers, how about we take it one point at a time?
Let’s start with our first point of our AF proclamation: our belief that modern-day feminism only seeks to advance some, not all women. There has been, for quite some time, the suspicion that feminism has been dangerously shifting towards a more partisan streak. We were particularly troubled by the treatment of Sarah Palin during the 2008 election. Now, before the wrath of the feminist gods is woken up by the mere mention of the name, let’s strip Sarah Palin of any political affiliation. Let’s strip her of any ideological affiliation. In fact, let’s have momentary amnesia and forget who Sarah Palin was altogether. Let’s just talk about Sarah P for a moment. Sarah P was this girl from a small town. Sarah P didn’t grow up poor but she was far from wealthy. She was just a typical girl from middle class America growing up with typical American values: work hard and you can achieve anything no matter who you are. She didn’t have much but she did what she thought best with what she had. She had a normal childhood and after high school she hit a rough patch when she entered college. Like many young people, Sarah P felt confused as to what she wanted to do with her life and constantly changed minds as to what she wanted to study, and even repeatedly changed schools. Finally, she finishes school and off she goes onto the real world. She lands a sweet gig as a sports reporter at the local station. Sarah P loved her job but she was concerned with how her town was wasting money. Instead of remaining in a capacity of passerby and complainer, she actually picked up and did something about it. She ran for city council and won. She ran for the Mayor’s office and won. She ran for Governor and won. And when the opportunity came for her to run for national office, she ran and led a fierce and passionate political campaign unlike one we have seen in years. She gave it a good battle but she lost. Don’t worry, she took it well and went right back to work.
Sarah P is quite an accomplished and powerful woman, eh? One might say Sarah P is what everyone, not just women, should strive to be. Someone who can, someone who does, someone in charge of their own destiny, someone in control. What a woman!
OK, remember we don’t don’t know who this Sarah P is, alright! OK, ready? Alright, now you can remember I’m talking about Sarah Palin.
My dear feminists, you feel that hatred flowing through you? Feel that contempt? Feel that utter disgust at the mere thought of her?
Why is this? Why is there nothing but vitriol toward women who don’t necessarily carry a certain set of beliefs. Why has modern-day feminism been reduced to the advancement of women who agree with one another? Why has feminism turned into an ugly word when talking about equality? Why are the worst attacks toward powerful women always seem to come from feminists? Why and when did feminism stop being about the advancement of all women?