Today’s winner is Dr. Wendy Doniger, a professor of History of Religions at the University of Chicago. She gets the award for writing the following about Sarah Palin at the Washington Post website-
Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman. The Republican party’s cynical calculation that because she has a womb and makes lots and lots of babies (and drives them to school! wow!) she speaks for the women of America, and will capture their hearts and their votes, has driven thousands of real women to take to their computers in outrage. She does not speak for women; she has no sympathy for the problems of other women, particularly working class women.
What a load of misogynistic bullcrap. Read that first sentence, Palin is a hypocrite for being a woman. Are the billions of women on this planet the same, or just the ones who hold the same views of Dr. Doniger.
Jay wrote a excellent post here on this very topic. If you haven’t read it all already, I suggest you go back and do so. I’ll quote just a little bit of what Jay had to say.
Hmm. I can’t say that I have personal knowledge of the matter, but I’m fairly certain that Governor Palin meets all the legal and biological requirements for a woman. One can certainly infer it from the available evidence — her physical appearance, her legally-sanctioned marriage to a man, her history of having borne multiple children, her doctor’s statements, and whatnot all point to her having two X chromosomes, and they having expressed their presence in the traditional way.
But that isn’t enough for people like Dr. Doniger. Because to her type, simply being an adult female human being isn’t enough to be a “woman.” You also have to buy into significant portions of what has been lumped into the overarching political philosophy that has taken the name “feminism.” If you don’t ascribe to those beliefs, then you’re just another male oppressor with overactive man-boobs and a missing penis.
Has anyone seen such vitriol expressed by either US party in response to the other party’s VP candidate in recent memory. Admittedly Dan Quayle was mocked back in 1988, but nothing then compares with the attacks Sarah Palin has had to undergo. The personal attacks look to be boomeranging as John McCain has drawn even with if not passed Obama in the polls. This in a year the Democrats looked guaranteed to win back the Presidency. I predicted such at the beginning of 2008. Independent voters will decide the election, and right now they are flocking to the McCain-Palin ticket. Will it continue to election day?
In the meantime I name Dr. Wendy Doniger, a professor of History of Religions at the University of Chicago today’s Knucklehead of the Day.