Putting Sarah Palin in the context of white privilege


Imagine Sarah Palin and her pregnant 17-year-old daughter Bristol as black women. Then think again about the meaning of white privilege. Read more from Tim Wise on The Red Room.

Justice was expensive for rape victims in Wasilla


When Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska — population 7,000 — she charged rape victims for the rape kits used to collect evidence that would help prosecute their attackers.

The policy, which cost each victim $1,200, remained in place until the Democratic governor changed it in 2000.

Get the details on Feministing.com.

Then, if you need a laugh to brighten your day after that shocking news, watch Republican Convention delegates trip all over themselves when interviewed by Comedy Central’s Samantha Bee. She gathers their views on Palin’s qualifications, as well as daughter Bristol’s personal “choice.”

We don’t need Phyllis Schlafly in the White House


If you remember Phyllis Schlafly, the woman who fought the Equal Rights Amendment back in the 1970s — or even if you have just read about her — you’ll be interested in Gloria Steinem’s Sept. 4 article.

In the piece, which originally ran in the LA Times, she calls Sarah Palin, the new Republican vice-presidential nominee, “Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.”

Steinem also makes these points about where Palin stands on the issues:

  • “She believes creationism should be taught in public schools but disbelieves global warming
  • she opposes gun control but supports government control of women’s wombs
  • she opposes stem cell research but approves “abstinenceonly” programs, which increase unwanted births, sexually transmitted diseases and abortions;
  • she tried to use taxpayers’ millions for a state program to shoot wolves from the air but didn’t spend enough money to fix a state school system with the lowest highschool graduation rate in the nation;
  • she runs with a candidate who opposes the Fair Pay Act but she supports $500 million in subsidies for a natural gas pipeline across Alaska;
  • she supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, though even McCain has opted for the lesser evil of offshore drilling.”

 Read the whole story here. Then read about convention protests against Palin at Feministing.com.