August 29, 2008

Guest Blogger: Centralnode talks about Palin and feminism

So, John McCain has picked popular Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. Palin is an interesting choice - she reassures social conservatives with her strong pro-life and pro-family stances while reinforcing McCain's reformist independence.

In my earlier post, I had a brief aside on the subject of whether feminists could truly be pro-life. Palin obviously thinks so - she is a member of an organization called "Feminists for Life." The organization has been criticized for "using the language of choice and feminism to pressure young women into avoiding abortions." Feminists for Life says that they try to eliminate the pressures and lack of infrastructure that force women to have abortions.

Assuming that McCain was going to make a pro-life pick, which seems reasonable, women and feminists are almost certainly better off with a pick who considers increasing infrastructure for women an important issue. I would also note that Palin is a lot more pro-gay rights (or at least less anti-gay rights) than most Republicans. So, all in all, McCain could have done much worse.

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