In the installment of Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin that aired tonight, Palin proclaimed that she is feminist. I've always insisted that there is no such thing as a bad feminist. BUT…like a lot of issues concerning Governor Palin's readiness to help lead the nation, I don't necessarily think Palin is an example of bad feminism, I just think she doesn't know much about feminism, period. I think that in order to be a feminist you need to believe in the idea that women are people, too. And part of believing in that is believing in free will and in choice... meaning I really find it hard to understand how someone can be a feminist but want to take away a woman's right to choose.Palin told Couric:
I'm a feminist who, uh, believes in equal rights and I believe that women certainly today have every opportunity that a man has to succeed, and to try to do it all, anyway. And I'm very, very thankful that I've been brought up in a family where gender hasn't been an issue. You know, I've been expected to do everything growing up that the boys were doing. We were out chopping wood and you're out hunting and fishing and filling our freezer with good wild Alaskan game to feed our family.
GAH! Again with the hunting. I'm so sick of her outdoorsy-ness being an answer to like every fucking question. The other ridiculous quote from Palin was when Couric asked her what books, newspapers or magazines she's read to get a better world view.
Palin: I've read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media. Couric: What, specifically? Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years. Couric: Can you name a few? Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn't a foreign country, where it's kind of suggested, "Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?" Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.
But perhaps most infuriating is that Palin believes that homosexuality is a choice.
As for homosexuality, I am not going to judge Americans and the decisions that they make in their adult personal relationships. I have one of my absolute best friends for the last 30 years happens to be gay, and I love her dearly. And she is not my "gay friend," she is one of my best friends, who happens to have made a choice that isn't a choice that I have made. But I am not going to judge people.