Pru Goward, NSW Opposition spokesperson for women, has a really, really low opinion of those who share her gender.
What I learned from her column today: “Palin true to herself and values”:
* The most important things for women to know about Sarah Palin are the facts that she wears lipstick and nail polish, and tells jokes.
* It’s perfectly fair and balanced, as a political spokesperson with portfolios including women and the environment, to write eighteen paragraphs about a vice-presidential candidate and only devote a single clause to her policies.
* Sarah Palin’s choice to have a baby shows that her anti-choice stance is just fine and dandy. Because making a choice means… because it wasn’t really … um, because, yes, she didn’t really have a choice, or doesn’t think anyone else should have, but she did make a particular choice, and therefore … oh, well, moving on.
* Palin has had a conservative, white, privileged life, and therefore we should applaud her, because she doesn’t whine about it.
* Women should admire her and vote for her because she has children and bakes cookies, just like we do, and that’s all that should be important to women, because we’re women, and that’s what our lives are. They just are. Well, regular, normal women, anyhow.
* Palin enjoys being a woman, not like those nasty feminists.
* Normal women stick by their men and wear high heels.
* Feminists should all have a pin-up poster of Margaret Thatcher. Our refusal to do so is inexplicable and inconsistent.
* Well, soccer moms voted for Thatcher, didn’t they? What the hell is wrong with you, feminists, that you so reject the consensus of normal women?
* Pauline Hanson doesn’t even know what sexism means, and is therefore also to be admired and emulated.
* All other women in politics are irrelevant to regular, middle-class, stay-at-home, cookie-baking mommas. Political women are just not relatable. They get too involved in all that complicated politics and economics and diplomacy business, and that – what’s it called? – ‘human rights’ stuff. Of what relevance is that to standard women?
* Political issues are only important to women inasmuch as they affect their husbands and children, who should always be women’s primary and central concerns.
* Women only want maternity leave so they can care for their children, only want equal pay so they can look after their husbands and elderly relatives, and only want decent working condition so they’ll have time for their P&C committee work.
* Men are not to blame. Ever. For anything.
* We should just relax and enjoy being women. Other women do.
* Who’s Obama’s running mate again? Oh, who cares.
TEN POINTS for Slytherin for AWESOME RESEARCH. Go, Goward.