Camille Paglia, social commentator and Democrat, takes on today’s poseurs who like to think of themselves as progressives, but whose words and deeds do not bear this out. Writing today at salon.com, Paglia says (emphasis mine): “Yes, both Todd and Sarah Palin, whom most people in the U.S. and abroad had never even heard of until six weeks ago, have emerged as powerful new symbols of a revived contemporary feminism.” Damn straight, Camille! Sarah Palin appeals to the many Americans who reject the idea that feminism equals abortion rights; the feminism of 2008, embodied by Gov. Palin, is about women embracing opportunities and making choices that are right for their families. And, hopefully, it’s also about women supporting and respecting other women for the choices they make, though we’re not fully there yet.
Paglia has more to say to her brothers and sisters on the left: “Something has gone seriously wrong with Democratic ideology, which seems to have become a candied set of holier-than-thou bromides attached like tutti-frutti to a quivering green Jell-O mold of adolescent sentimentality.” She continues, “People who can’t see how smart Palin is are trapped in their own narrow parochialism — the tedious, hackneyed forms of their upper-middle-class syntax and vocabulary.” Amen to that, too. The values espoused by Sarah Palin, and the words she uses to express them, appeal to us filler state types. Liberal elitists, who seem to seek validation in each other rather than the real world, just don’t get it. So much for Ivy League smarts.
Just like Annette Bening, Paglia is an avowed Obama supporter and Democrat, but can look past ideology and appreciate the accomplishments of Sarah Palin without resorting to elitist wisecracks and condescension. She expresses herself clearly and without a trace of bitterness; her points are cogent and based solidly in reality. Paglia recognizes that the death knell has been sounded for “second wave” feminism, and that Sarah Palin, and those of us like her, are the reawakening.
Update: Jeff at Protein Wisdom agrees.