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Sarah Palin is a Feminist Like North Korea is an Ally

Her own brand of feminism.

Sarah Palin says she’s a feminist. She’s said it more than once. And she’s saying it again in her new book, America By Heart, in which she devotes a whole chapter to the subject.

The problem is, Palin has more than a little trouble with history. It seems that a feminist is only a feminist if she meets Sarah Palin’s definition of feminism. That includes being given the equal opportunity to chop wood and slaughter Alaskan wildlife. Liberals need not apply.

Worse, Palin distorts history as she attempts to hijack the legacies of some prominent feminists. Take Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a freethinker who repeatedly attacked religion as anathema to feminism.

“You may go over the world and you will find that every form of religion which has breathed upon this earth has degraded women,” the feminist pioneer said in 1885. But Palin re-cast Stanton as a devout Christian conservative. Then there’s Susan B. Anthony, who Palin portrays as an anti-abortionist. Only problem is, the historical record finds Anthony devoted no time to abortion politics.

Palin is such a feminist that she opposed the Ledbetter equal pay act. And during her tenure as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska sexual assault victims had to pay for their own rape kits.

In America By Heart, Palin attacks liberal feminist icons like Betty Friedan and Hillary Clinton. Curiously, she even launches a Qauylesque assault on Murphy Brown, a fictional TV single mom two decades removed from the national consciousness. Palin once again seems as clueless as she is about so many other subjects that it’s a small wonder so many people take her so seriously. But here we are, writing about her. Again. Go figure.

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