Is the Tea Party Feminist?

Sort of, argues Hanna Rosin on Slate
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted May 13, 2010 6:31 AM CDT
A woman cheers during a Tea Party rally held at Independence Mall in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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(Newser) – "While no movement that uses Michelle Malkin as a poster girl could fairly be described as feminist," writes Hanna Rosin on Slate, the Tea Party actually comes surprisingly close. More than half of the movement's members are women and there are many women in leadership roles. That, of course, is more than can be said for mainstream American politics.

The movement attracts female followers by tapping into both "traditionalism" and "feminist rage," says Rosin. By making way for outsiders, they've helped "the conservative mama bear" become a "fully operational, effective political archetype." They've also turned the Tea Party into a powerful network for ambitious women who are fed-up with the status quo. And what, she asks, is more feminist than that? Click here for the latest on the Tea Party movement.

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