When I heard about John McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate earlier today, I couldn't help feeling that it was straight-up pandering to women -- especially the bitter and angry Hilary Clinton supporters.
But I've had my feminist undies in a bunch all week, so I checked in with some friends on a message board and The Boy I Currently like to see if it was all in my head. Nope. Not in my head.
As the day has gone on (thanks also to watching CNN at the gym), I've gone from feeling like the McCain camp is pandering to women to be being offended and fucking angry about this.
Do they really think women in this country are all vacuous ninnies who will vote for Palin simply because we all have vaginas? She's a social conservative. She's against gay marriage. She'd be bad for health care. She is being investigated for shenanigans surrounding the firing of her former brother-in-law, who was a state trooper, and is involved in a custody battle with her sister. And of course, she's anti-choice.
Not only is she anti-choice, she's in an organization called "Feminists for Life." How the fuck can she call herself a feminist when she's anti-choice? Feminism is all about choice -- not the least of which is the right to choose to make a private, medical decision with her doctor to terminate a pregnancy.
And how dare she get up on that stage, with her Michelle Bachman-esque Oh-it's-election-night-I-thought-it-was-prom updo and compare herself to Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton. What is the point of breaking the glass ceiling if you're not going to do what's good for women?
Do I even need to mention the fact that McCain has slammed Obama for his lack of experience and now chooses someone who has been governor of a freak state for all of two years? Man, fuck you.
Bah. I've had enough of being pissed off for one day. It's time to sit on the deck and drink.