Last night, Sarah Palin chatted with Greta Van Susteren about what "liberal feminists" get wrong, and Willow's use of a "bad word." But between Van Susteren's softballs, I started wondering what would happen if liberals tried treating Palin with respect.
After some small talk about the weather in Wasilla (cold) and Palin's roaring fire (warm), Van Susteren got down to business: reading excerpts from Palin's new book that would allegedly set liberal feminists "on fire." Watch from 0:30 to about 2:45 for Palin's thoughts on how "radical feminists" (who have apparently "hijacked" the feminist movement) are obsessed with victimhood.
Van Susteren's language is a little creepy throughout, as she describes not only immolating liberal feminists, but also "hitting 'em right between the eyes." It's a little hard to forge common ground with Palin when her interviewer/booster is suggesting she might like to field-dress us. But that's not Palin's fault, of course, and what she says here isn't new — plenty of feminists have accused their own movement of too frequently casting women as victims.
As far as being "on fire" — well, Elizabeth Wurtzel does write (in an otherwise largely pro-Palin piece) that "as a liberal feminist, it drives me absolutely bonkers that Palin is the most visible working mother and female politician in America, that she is the best exemplar of a woman with an equal marriage, that she has put up with less crap from fewer men than those of us who have read The Second Sex and marched in pro-abortion rallies and pretty much been on the right side of all the issues that Palin is wrong about." But these are exactly the things that shouldn't piss us off about Sarah Palin. To my mind, the Mama Grizzly's right when she says we have a lot in common. I'd like to make it easier for women to work and raise families, and at least from what I see of their public partnership, I find the equality in the Palins' marriage inspiring. Palin talks about being raised to do anything boys can do — well so was I, and by a "feminist foremother" with "dirt under her fingernails" no less (seriously, nobody has grosser nails than a botanist).