McCain Blames Feminists for Campaign's Slipping Support
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As any long-time feminist knows, we are to blame for everything. So as you might imagine, I was truly excited to read in my morning paper that John McCain is blaming attacks on Sarah Palinâ€™s credentials on the â€œfeminist leftâ€ as well as the liberal media. Memo to John, just call us feminists, there is no such thing as a â€œfeminist rightâ€ although there are some anti-abortion wingnuts who try to make you think there is. But I digress. As a participant in the feminist movement and the liberal media, Iâ€™d like to thank the Senator for acknowleging our hard work on this issue, it is something to be proud of!
However, as Amie Newman at RH Reality Check points out, never mind the historic value of both the Clinton and Palin candidacies, womenâ€™s issues are as invisible as ever during this campaign except for such vote losing comments as McCainâ€™s utter contempt for the air quoted issue of maternal health. The good news is that hey guess what, women can not only vote but also run for office because, wait for itâ€¦ feminists were instrumental in securing those rights. Newman lists a few other notable items on the feminist agenda:
Lucinda Marshall is a feminist artist, writer and activist. She is the Founder of the Feminist Peace Network . Her work has been published in numerous publications in the U.S. and abroad including, Counterpunch, AlterNet, Dissident Voice, Off Our Backs, the Progressive, Countercurrents, Z Magazine, Common Dreams, In These Times and Information Clearinghouse. She also blogs at WIMN Online and writes a monthly column for the Louisville Eccentric Observer.