The Feminism Police Charges Governor Palin

Monday, December 14, 2009

David McGrath is apparently the newly appointed feminism police. In his first official duty he's charged Governor Palin with not being feminist enough. And what does he use as his measuring stick? Her pro-life commitment, among other things. Not only does he attack the authenticity of her feminism, he finds her guilty of much worse. According to him, she's a threat to the overall freedom of women.

So rather than trying to verify speeches, op-eds, or chapters in her book, the more reliable indicators of her integrity are her actions. And there’s no more glaring example of the Palin “sham factor” than her position on women’s rights.

That’s because Palin, in spite of implying an alliance with the likes of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is a veritable chauvinist, whose politics imprison women in their “proper” place.

It's a sad, sad day when one is deemed a threat to women because they have the unmitigated temerity to speak up for the unborn, to defend those who cannot defend themselves. How did we come to this place that one can only be revered a friend to women if she encourages them to annihilate the very life growing inside them, baiting them into destroying flesh of their flesh and bone of their bone? Is it that position, in today's society, that guarantees one the praise of the women's movement? Yes, we have become so backwards that this crazed mindset is what has come to be called progress. There was a time when women scraped and scrapped to protect their young--at any and all cost--and that was the mark of true womanhood. Animals still do it. Yet we, civilized, rational human beings have now reached a place where some have the nerve to measure our femininity by our willingness to destroy what we once would have given our lives to protect. Governor Palin has asked that America embrace a culture of life, and that perspective is somehow considered death to the success of women.

The Governor refuses to subscribe to that thinking, and, as we know, she's not just talking the talk. Her position has been tested in her own life. That fact, however, seems to have been lost on McGrath who writes:

As usual, she talks a different game. In her vice-presidential debate with Joe Biden in the fall of 2008, she identified herself as a feminist, asserting she supports equal rights for women. She pointed to her own experience to prove women can “do it all.”

In reality, women in America have been “doing it all” long before Sarah Palin was born. As early as 1960, 40 percent of women with school-aged children were keeping a house while also working outside the home. The figure is 70 percent today.

Clearly McGrath is the one talking out of both sides of his mouth. How can he in one breath state that women are capable of "doing it all" and in the next blast Governor Palin for believing the same thing, not just for herself but for all women? She wants women to know that they can work, reach their full potential, and still cherish their unborn. If women have been doing it all for eons, why does he lack the faith that a woman who finds herself in "less than ideal circumstances" can do just that? And why his hypocritical attack on a woman who does have that faith? Add to that the fact that he doesn't have a good grasp of the facts, stating lies in the article about the Governor's position on contraception and her record regarding benefits to same-sex couples in the state of Alaska, and one wonders what qualifies him to speak at all.

Governor Palin is not guilty of imprisoning women. People like McGrath are. He frames her as an unfeeling, hard person who cares not for the plight and progress of women. The truth is those guilty of such are the ones who refuse to tell women the truth about abortion. I have to fight the urge to release my inner Joe Wilson and yell, "Liar!" to those who pretend to have a woman's best interest at heart while encouraging her to do what's been proven to cause her harm: abort her own.

Let's look at the facts:

There is a proven link between abortion and breast cancer. Anyone who chooses to ignore this and refuses to inform women of this link, in their effort to support a so-called right to choose, is no friend to women. Research these facts here and here. An article here asserts that there is no link between abortion and breast cancer, but that theory is blown away by the second link above.

Research has also shown a link between abortion and depression. This is another fact that these self-proclaimed friends of women ignore and don't want to tell them. Read it for yourself here and here. The statistics are astounding, and if people like McGrath really have such great love for women, why is it such a sin to present the facts? Please don't tell me you're a friend when your silence disempowers and endangers me. As the saying goes, "With friends like these, who needs enemies?"

Governor Palin's pro-life position is not a threat to the well-being of women. On the contrary, she's simply putting her money where her mouth is. She's standing up for life--for both mother and child. Governor Palin's refusal to bend on this issue reveals the heart of a true feminist, for that she is. She was raised in a family where the girls were expected to do what the guys did, she continues to prove that a wife and mother can have a career and still love and nurture her family, she demonstrated that even when the unexpected happened, she could give birth to the gift God gave her, rather than aborting that gift. Contrast that with people who refuse to acknowledge a woman's ability to handle such challenges and refuse to acknowledge the danger their brand of feminism poses to a woman's overall well-being.

David McGrath's attack on Governor Palin is further evidence of Palin Derangement Syndrome that defies all reason and common sense. If vehemently advocating abortion and all its ills is what Feminist Officer David McGrath requires to label one a true feminist, then the Governor falls grossly short, no doubt. However, if a commitment to women's rights, faith in women's ability to "do it all," including loving her offspring, and advocacy for women's overall health and success are anywhere in the feminist definition, Governor Palin is its epitome.

Read David McGrath's full article here, and below see the video explaining the danger of abortion on women's health.

(H/T Sheya)


ArthurRex12 December 14, 2009 at 10:52 PM  

I read that joke of an article. I want that ten minutes of my life back!

Anonymous,  December 20, 2009 at 1:19 AM  

Would like to point out that the second "factual" link you posted in regards to the apparent link between abortions and breast cancer actually negate that. Here is what they say at about abortions and breast cancer:

"In February 2003, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) convened a workshop of over 100 of the world’s leading experts who study pregnancy and breast cancer risk. Workshop participants reviewed existing population-based, clinical, and animal studies on the relationship between pregnancy and breast cancer risk, including studies of induced and spontaneous abortions. They concluded that having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer. A summary of their findings, titled Summary Report: Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer Workshop, can be found at . "

So...I guess your point is mute, no?

Adrienne Ross December 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM  

Anonymous @1:19 AM on December 20th,

No, my point is not mute. But because I AM committed to being factual (no quotation marks!), I have to thank you for pointing out that faulty article I linked to, an older article. In the interest of indeed being factual, I have updated this post. I added a link to an article that addresses the previous non-factual article, which you quoted above. So read that factual argument. Don't forget, too, the other links about breast cancer and abortion being connected and the connection to depression. We wouldn't want to miss those factual articles either.

Mute? No. Factual, absolutely. A real love for the well-being of women makes us committed, not to an agenda and not to a choice, but to what's best for women. Abortion is not it.

Thanks for the tip so I could correct the record.

Anonymous,  December 23, 2009 at 5:07 PM  


I respect your views but feel our opinions differ greatly.

How can anyone say they know whats right for a woman apart from the individual woman herself. I'll admit... I had an abortion and I'm glad I live in a country where I had the right to choose, to make my own decision about what was best for me. I know it was the best decision for me at that time, and I don't regret it or feel that it has "harmed" me in any way. As a women who works in the medical field, I know it is false to say there is a proven link between abortion and breast cancer. I hope to live in a country where schools educate the youth openly about sex and contraception. I believe this is the only way to effectively reduce unwanted pregnancy. As a scientist and an athiest I think we are naive and definately failing our children by teaching them abstinence education. Sex is a natural and beautiful thing that should not be made to feel "bad" or "wrong" to our un-married youth. It should be something we undertake when we are ready for it in ourselves and is certainly not something that has to be confined to a marriage. It is part of growing up and telling teens they cannot grow seems absurd to me. Also, for the record I am not pro-abortion (I could never say that) but believe it is important to keep this service safe, legal and rare. Only when this is threatened are we risking harming women's health.

Adrienne Ross December 23, 2009 at 5:33 PM  

Anonymous - Dec. 23, 5:07 PM,

I disagree with you.

First, let me say, I am not into condemning people who have had an abortion. I believe in a merciful God Who loves us, in spite of us, because He IS love. I believe in His grace and mercy, which He so freely gives when we recognize our need for them--and we each need them.

My position on the matter will not change. Abortion is detrimental to the aborted (obviously), to women, to the fathers of the aborted, and to society as a whole. A culture that does not protect and value life is rather sad and unethical. Sucking brains out of babies and ripping their limbs apart--sorry to be so blunt--is never humane for anyone involved. It's sick to accept it in the name of choice or in the name of anything! No wonder there is a proven link between abortion and depression--and there IS also a link between abortion and breast cancer.

I am almost speechless regarding your views on youth having sex. Sex is a gift God gave to those who have committed themselves to one another in marriage. It is the safest, healthiest, and most natural expression of love between two people who love each other and have chosen to give themselves to one another alone. Outside of that context, God's plan is perverted and the act leads to all kinds of ills, and we know what they are, for this very post discusses one of them. We are reasoning, thinking people who have a will and were created in the image of God. I do not believe we have no choice but to be overtaken by some instinct over which we have no control--and mind you, I am a single woman, so I know of which I speak.

Yes, I do believe in abstinence until marriage, but I also believe people must be taught HOW to strategically remain abstinent. Just telling people to say "no" isn't ideal. Telling them how and why is essential. It is absurd to me that you suggest that we are hindering the unmarried youth by telling them that they are precious enough to wait--and absurd is an understatement.

So I disagree vehemently with you, but I thank you for commenting. Merry CHRISTmas.

Olivia,  December 24, 2009 at 2:41 PM  

Hi Adrienne,

I just wanted to express my support for your abstinence until marriage cause. I wish I had had guidance like this when I was younger. Much like Bristol Palin, I became pregnant accidentally when I was 16 years old. People tried hard to persuade me to have an abortion, my dream had always been to be a veterinarian, 8 years of college was not very compatible with a child! Despite this I chose to keep my baby, the thought of "getting rid" of her repulsed me. I loved her from the moment I found out I was pregnant and knew I could never have forgiven myself if I had had an abortion. 9 months later my beautiful baby girl Kerry came into this world. As soon as I held her I knew I'd made the right choice, she was perfect... as every human life is. I'm so glad I listened to my heart, I cannot imagine my life without my precious Kerry who is now 8 years old and so full of energy and life! And to all those who think having the baby would be too "inconvenient" or would "ruin" your life... I'm now at college studying veterinary medicine as I had always dreamt of doing! This is far from easy, but Kerry brings so much happiness and I wouldn't change having her for anything in the world!

God bless and a very Merry Christmas!

Olivia and Kerry xxx

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