If you don’t think Governor Sarah Palin has been inundated with misogynistic attacks since the announcement of her candidacy, you may be on the wrong blog. (Hint: Having trouble thinking of something? Go here for an enumerated list). It is of a different flavor, perhaps, than many of the attacks leveled at Senator Clinton (more shameless linkage: Hillary Clinton Sexism Watch. If you’re going to try to deny that Clinton faced misogyny, then you’re REALLY on the wrong blog). With Clinton, one was more likely to hear cable newscasters wax paranoid about how she elevated their castration anxiety, whereas with Palin it’s more about how bangin’ she looks in heels, and do those legs go all the way up? Zowee, once you go non-contiguous state, you don’t go back! And so on.
That is not to say, of course, that it is impossible to speak negatively of Palin without it being misogynistic (contrary to what the McCain campaign would like to pretend). If, for example one says that being mayor of a town with <10,000 people is less compelling governmental experience than, say, a term in the Senate, that is not misogynistic. And of course, in this particular case, there are many, many, legitimate reasons to dislike Palin as a candidate, and they have been well-articulated in various media (at least in media that I read). And the reasons that I dislike her as a candidate have nothing to do with, say, her children, or history as a beauty queen, or _________. So, you’d think I’d be happy that being as far away from the Palin Bandwagon as possible is the new In Thing (even among conservative women!).