Wow! Palin is a Rules Girl????? Sara Palin is like a Rorschach test for liberal feminists. Apparently Linda Hirshman sees long hair and sparkly pins as evidence of a Rules Girl. WTF? This baseless mean-girl attack is embarrassing to read from a so-called feminist.
Hirshman attacks Palin for:
1) Never leaving the house without make-up. (Hello! All candidates wear it! Hillary always did. So did McCain and Obama. As a makeup artist, I know that there are two types of women in the world: those who wear sparkly eye shadow and those who don't. Palin does, Hirshman doesn't.)
2) Rarely return media calls and to always end the "first date." (Palin has done three interviews in the space of five weeks while simultaneously campaigning. She hardly hid from the media)
3) Following the rules most "indigestible" to feminists: 1st: Let him take the lead (Palin is the VP, she's supposed to listen to her boss); 2nd: Never tell him what to do or try to change him. (Palin has repeatedly expressed her desire to persuade John McCain on energy policy in Alaska.)
Hirshman's hallucination that the Republicans have used The Rules as a blueprint for Palin's political behavior makes no sense!
"In its day, The Rules was a bestseller on the New York Times self-help list. But using it as a guide for political behavior is a dangerous game in 2008. By setting Palin up as the Rules Girl--the gorgeous, fecund non-Hillary, equipped with all the right answers--Republicans forget that The Rules is a manual for how to attract men."
I mean, what kind of basis for an article is this? At least Katha Pollitt's articles on Palin bother to have some substance. Pollitt's follow up questions for Palin are good questions. Hirshman should stick to criticizing politics and not Palin's attractiveness. Do I detect a hint of jealousy from Hirshman? You know, by attacking Palin's looks, Hirshman leaves herself open to all sorts of granola Birkenstock dyke jokes. I'm just saying... maybe some extensions and liner could do her some good.
Oct 11 2008 - 12:03pm