BDS to Become PDS
Here’s a theory — attractive more for the likely reaction than the likelihood that it’s correct: America’s liberals are preparing themselves for the possibility that McCain will win the presidency. That would explain why they’re salvaging the emotionally satisfying, if self destructive, Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) that they’ve enjoyed for at least the past four years by recasting it as Palin Derangement Syndrome (PDS).
The thought came to mind upon reading Hilary Cosell’s fumination (excuse the coinage) against Sarah Palin, particularly the line that I’ve emphasized:
It’s also further proof that John McCain and the Republican Party believe that one woman is the same as the next. That voting women, and former Hillary Clinton supporters, are just too dumb to notice that this Governor Palin is anti-choice and a right-wing evangelical Christian who wants creationism taught in Alaska schools, who has no record of speaking out on equal pay for equal work, health care, child care, or anything at all relevant to the women- and family-oriented issues that are the heart and soul of the concerns of the women of the Democratic Party. (We won’t even bother to mention foreign policy here, because there is no Palin foreign policy record or experience to mention.)
Let’s move beyond spin and the surprise — rather shock — of McCain’s choice and see what it really says: disdain for women as equals, as power holders, power brokers and human beings. Barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, or in the vice-presidential mansion, it’s the same thing. Palin isn’t female empowerment. She, who has benefited from decades of tireless work of the feminist movement, is a slap in the face to us all.
Put aside foregoing falsehoods and note the resurrection of the “barefoot and pregnant” cliché to describe a sitting governor who has been climbing the political ladder with great energy and alacrity. If sexism is mainly a symptom of one’s lack of empathy and imagination, I’d put forward Miss Cosell as a candidate. That wouldn’t give her any more standing than being “a master’s degree candidate at General Theological Seminary” (as her bio proclaims) to hiss so sourly at a vice presidential candidate, but the fact that she lacks a certain male protuberance doesn’t make Ms. Cosell’s vicious insecurity any less galling.