Feminists Should Embrace Palin

Conservatives shouldn't be shunned from the cause
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2010 12:36 PM CDT
Sarah Palin speaks during the NRA national convention in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, May 14, 2010.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

(Newser) – Sarah Palin is taking heat from the left for daring to adopt the label of feminist, writes Cathy Young. Palin clearly isn't a great spokesperson for the cause—she's big on slogans but not so much on substantive ideas—but Young thinks feminists are making a mistake by automatically rejecting conservatives from the cause. Given the country's center-right leanings, it alienates a huge number of women right off the bat.

"The audience for a different kind of feminism—one that seeks individualistic and market-oriented solutions, rather than big-government-driven ones, and focuses on women’s empowerment rather than oppression—is clearly there," writes Young in the Boston Globe. "The women who embrace it are likely to transform both feminism and conservatism. The feminist movement ignores them at its peril."

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