Thursday, September 11, 2008

I admit, Sarah tricked me...

I did indeed think she was a woman. Thankfully top-notch scholars are on the job, selflessly protecting the great unwashed from their provincial attitudes.

We are pleased to present for your consideration Wendy Doniger, Professor of the History of Religions, University of Chicago’s Divinity School. Doniger writes:
Sarah Palin's greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.

OK, I don't actually believe that Professor Doniger is claiming that Palin has a Y chromosome.

No, what she is claiming is, in some ways, much dumber. She is making an Archie Bunker argument, but the difference is that Archie was a parody, while she (Doniger) is on the UC faculty. Her argument, like Archie's "Real American" designations, is that Palin is not a woman because a real woman is defined not biologically, but ideologically:
The Republican party's cynical calculation that because she has a womb and makes lots and lots of babies (and drives them to school! wow!) she speaks for the women of America, and will capture their hearts and their votes, has driven thousands of real women to take to their computers in outrage. She does not speak for women; she has no sympathy for the problems of other women, particularly working class women.
Hey Professor, nice scholarly writing. And I like your argument, which boils down to: Palin won't capture the hearts and votes of women, because she's not a Real Woman™. Let me know how that works out for you.

To paraphrase William F. Buckley Jr., I'd rather be governed by the first two hundred names of the Chicago phone book than by the UC faculty.

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