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Feminism Paper - Com 332 12/11/09 Sarah Palin: The...

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Com 332 12/11/09 Sarah Palin: The Anti-Feminist The 2008 Republican Vice Presidential Candidate for the United States of America said in her acceptance speech, “I love those hockey moms. You know, they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick,” (CNN.com). On September 3, 2008, Sarah Palin gave her acceptance speech of the Republican Vice President nomination at the Republican National Convention. This speech first introduced Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running partner in the 2008 Presidential Election, the very first female vice-presidential nominee of the Republican Party. The speech detailed Sarah Palin’s incredible family, specifically her husband, Palin’s undertakings as a hockey mom and PTA member, and the remarkable accomplishments of Palin’s running mate, Senator John S. McCain. Sarah Palin being nominated to run as a Vice Presidential candidate is incredibly significant because in the year 1920, just a mere eighty years ago, women first received the right to vote in response to the Feminist movements going on at the time. Less than 100 years after women were able to first vote, a woman is on the national ticket, shows how much our country has been able to progress and become more accepting of men and women being viewed as equals. The government of the United States has historically been a male dominated establishment and the importance of Sarah Palin running for Vice President is not lost on those who support the feminist movements. However, throughout Sarah Palin’s speech, she continually emphasizes facts that demean her character and promote her “hockey mom” persona. Not only does she highlight her family and being a PTA member, but she also recognizes her running mate John McCain as the more able body in the
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Sarah Palin is in a position that feminists would be proud of if she recognized her abilities and accomplishments, instead of attributing her success to her family and her running mate John McCain. Feminism is defined as a political, cultural, or economic movement aimed at establishing more rights and legal protection for women. The nomination of the very first women to the vice presidency of the Republican Party is a huge step in the eyes of a feminist. However, Sarah Palin represents the very opposite of what feminists stand for in her political speech. Palin even says in reference to her husband in her acceptance speech, “I am subordinate to a great man’’ (CNN.com). Feminists also challenge Sarah Palin because while she benefits from her husband’s flexible jobs and enlists the help of grandparents who live close by, she does not endorse government policies that will help less advantageous working mothers. The beliefs that Sarah Palin represent in her speech, such as being below the status of men and being a “hockey mom”, in addition to her support of a patriarchal society conflict with those of modern feminist values. T
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