Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Thought of the Day
Labels: Susannah Breslin quote
If feminism were an honest movement, it would have celebrated the political ascent of Gov. Palin, rather than denigrating her.
I transmitted this post and the comments to it to my graduate student scion and here is her response:
Please forward my response to Roger.
I offer this comment with all due respect, though I must say, I am struggling to respect your decision to post this particular quotation.
Your decision to post this comment, let alone agree with it, is mere reflection of your lack of familiarity with and understanding of the contemporary feminst movement and the discipline of women’s studies. I must admit, I am rather unfamiliar with the work of Susannah Breslin – then again, I am an academic, and within the academy, the “blogosphere,” while a valuable anthropological tool, is not a source to cite.
If you think the patriarchy no longer exists, you are wrong. If you think women should have been supportive of Sarah Palin because she is a woman, you are stuck in a moment of identity politics that women’s studies moved past after the late-1980s. (Who isn’t moving forward now?) Your repitition of a comparison of the discipline of women’s studies to a “girl’s only slumber party” is entirely pejorative and offensive.
With all due respect, grow up.
Or, at least do your homework next time. There is a wealth of literature outside of the “blogosphere” that would disprove Ms. Breslin’s ill-informed, misguided, and frankly, stupid quotation.
Let me know if you would care for a reading list.