After reading a few threads recently regarding Gov. Palin, and seeing how conservatives defend her by cherry picking and hijacking feminism and using these faux-feministic arguments to damn liberals and the "liberal media" as hypocrites for not defending Gov. Palin. It makes me think that perhaps some people don't understand what Feminism really is. Here is the Stanford Encyclopedia's take on Feminism: Topics in Feminism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) Make sure to read that before posting any reactionary responses. As you can see feminism is not a simple, single approach movement. How would a liberal define feminism? Well, that would differ among who one asked, but I think the majority of liberals would define it broadly as: equality between men and women. How would a conservative define feminism? First I would like to know if or why conservatives feel Governor Palin is a feminist icon? Has Gov. Palin taken any feminist stances in politics or society? Is it because she was nominated as a Vice Presidential candidate? If that is so, why? Just because a woman is nominated as a VP candidate does not necessarily make her a feminist. Is it because she is a state governor? If that is so, why and how? What else makes her a feminist advocate? Why do you believe the media attacks on Gov. Palin sexist? Have they attacked her gender, her motherhood, or her feminist stances on politics or society? Or is it that any attack against Gov. Palin are regarded as sexist? How do you reconcile conservative traditionalism and feminism? A woman, traditionally, is supposed to maintain the household, bear children, and support her husband. Having the choice to have an abortion is regarded as an important right for a woman, so taking a position against a woman's right to choose would be arguing against a woman's right to her body and a woman's right to her privacy. I would argue that Governor Palin is not a feminist and that the media attacks weren't sexist but directed at Governor Palin's obvious and significant superficiality and lack of political intelligence. I would support that by arguing that Governor Palin's winking and catch phrases were her attempt to hide her political ignorance and inexperience (not that Obama was much more experienced, but that was one of her most important campaign platform points). I think that one of the major contributing factors that she was chosen as McCain's VP candidate because she is a woman and the McCain campaign needed an exciting choice to stir up the Republican base. I also think her Christian conservatism was a major factor in her choice, and Christian conservatism is pro-life, and pro-life isn't a feminist ethic. I think the Right used her gender to put a twist to the media attacks so that the media could be labeled sexist and framed because of that as hypocritical (sense the Right believes there is a liberal slant to the media already). Personally, I think Governor Palin is shallow, unintelligent, and more than a little undeserving of the media hype and far-right Republican iconism. What do you have to say?