Sarah Speaks


Gov. Palin: Last Frontier Women Don’t Tolerate Misogynists

Two fellow Alaskan women, Kirsten Powers and Penny Lee, penned a letter to the New York Times calling out misogynist attacks on women in public life.

They included this interesting aside: “Coincidentally we both hail from Alaska — where women are treated as equals — so perhaps our threshold for this kind of behavior is less than here in the Lower 48.”

As an Alaskan woman, I completely agree. Women up here do not tolerate the sexist stereotyping and behavior.

Up here, I’m constantly around commercial fishermen who curse like sailors, oil field workers with hardcore blue collar work ethics, tattooed-up soldiers serving on our military bases, long-haul truck drivers, motorheads, hunters and sport fishermen; and yet I don’t know anyone who talks about women the way these misogynists on TV do with their degrading comments, which includes comments mocking those with special needs.

I grew up hunting, fishing, playing sports, plowing snow, and chopping wood just like the guys. My parents raised my sisters and me to never consider gender an unequal element in anything. (In fact, today is my Dad’s birthday, and I want to give him a shout out because as a science teacher and track coach, he treated all of his students and athletes equally with respect and encouragement.) My daughters have participated on football, hockey, and wrestling teams just like the guys. We even dress like the guys at times (or they, like us) in warm camo hoodies and Carharts. It’s accepted up here because the environment is rugged and real, and our Alaskan elements are a great equalizer.

Women and men are equals in every way in the Last Frontier, and real men are not threatened by strong women. Real men don’t insult women with gross sexist comments meant to demean and objectify them.

These misogynists wouldn’t know how real men behave. I cannot imagine them working on my commercial fishing skiff in Bristol Bay, or driving our trucks to haul gear out to a remote cabin, or fueling up the float plane, or even having a tinge of grease under their fingernails which symbolizes the hard work needed to fuel the nation’s economy. And yet these are all things average Alaskan women do everyday. If these misogynists said one of their disgusting comments up here in person to an “Alaskan chick,” they would have to replace their veneered teeth.

I personally do not seek an apology from these narrow-minded men. With a full family and productive “to-do” list everyday, I just don’t have time for them. But I do feel sorry for them and for their obvious need to compensate for something that’s missing in their own lives, which compels them to belittle others in order to feel big. And I feel sorry for our culture for having to listen to them. America deserves better. I applaud Kirsten and Penny for taking a stand when too many feminists don’t speak up when the attacks are directed at their conservative sisters. And unfortunately too many men, like our president, will only defend certain women, not all women.

– Sarah Palin


I love this line:

If these misogynists said one of their disgusting comments up here in person to an “Alaskan chick,” they would have to replace their veneered teeth.

Meanwhile:

PPP poll: Palin’s favorability higher among Republicans than Romney’s or Santorum’s


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16 Responses to Sarah Speaks

  1. WMCB says:

    Up here, I’m constantly around commercial fishermen who curse like sailors, oil field workers with hardcore blue collar work ethics, tattooed-up soldiers serving on our military bases, long-haul truck drivers, motorheads, hunters and sport fishermen; and yet I don’t know anyone who talks about women the way these misogynists on TV do with their degrading comments, which includes comments mocking those with special needs.

    As a woman who has spent most of her life around real “redneck blue-collar” men, I can attest to the truth of this. I’ve often said that I have experienced much less true misogyny in my life emanating from those type of “backward rural” guys than I have from the polished liberal elite men.

    From blue-collar guys, the worst I ever got was mostly good-natured refusal to be PC regarding boob and blonde and mildly off-color jokes, or half-ironic “little woman” comments. The worst I’ve ever experienced from a blue-collar guy was a bit of patronizing joshing, not real venom. I’ve experienced stuff from blue-collar guys that made me roll my eyes and tell them to grow some opposing thumbs, but nothing that made me feel sick to my stomach.

    The only true misogyny I’ve ever experienced, that felt like it had real, vicious, and scary vagina hate behind it, came from well-educated or frat boy liberal/progressive men. Every time.

    *shrug* Just my personal experience, FWIW.

    • Hear, hear. I grew up working class (at best) and do not recall ever experiencing real misogyny until attending a snooty college and later, working at a couple of snooty law firms. I have my theories about why the men I know who work (or who will work) behind desks seem to hate women so much more than the men I know who work with their hands, but they might not be fit for a family website such as this one.

  2. DandyTiger says:

    But I do feel sorry for them and for their obvious need to compensate for something that’s missing in their own lives, which compels them to belittle others in order to feel big.

    Whether literally or figuratively, they’re a bunch of little dicks.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Sarah’s such a breath of fresh air in the polluted political news world. How can anyone call her “dumb” ?

  4. foxyladi14 says:

    she makes so much sense of everything. 🙂

  5. driguana says:

    The only way I can possibly imagine Bill Maher in Alaska is as a fish out of water. I agree with the comments here, it is confounding how progressive people can think this woman is dumb.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Would love to see Sarah take Bill on a tour of Sarah’s world, wouldn’t that be a fun show 😉 Yet, doubt we can lure Mr. Maher out of Hef’s Grotto.

  6. T says:

    Well, I’m glad for Sarah’s experience in Alaska. However, where I come from, rednecky misogynists are very common. I’m not saying they are worse than the Bill Maher’s of the world, but they are certainly no better. The construction industry is the worst. My sister worked for an asphalt company and was catcalled many times and called a c*nt when she didn’t respond well to it. And her boss condoned this behavior, thought it was funny. Of course she quit eventually when she could find something else that she could afford to move to.

    But my experience is rednecky guys think women should sit down and shut up, be housewives and barefoot. And to them, if other men don’t agree, they aren’t real men.

    Sooo, I guess we have different experiences.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Dick Cheney had a heart transplant today. He’s 71, would Obamacare cover it .. for me ? Healing thoughts go out to him and his family.

    http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/53323

  8. Lulu says:

    OT: This is a good piece in the WP. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/having-obama-in-the-white-house-has-made-it-harder-to-talk-about-race-in-america/2012/03/14/gIQAmbMUWS_story.html
    “My pals, who are white, didn’t get why I was bringing this up. “No one cares about race except you,” one said.

    I tried to explain my frustration with having to always choose between an all-black experience or being the “only one,” whether at work, in grad school or even out for a night in New York. I waited for a nod of sympathy; instead, my best friend threw her hands up and said: “How can we all be racist? Look at who is president!”

    I didn’t have a response.”

    I felt in 2008 that many were voting for Obama to end their own internal conflicts about race. They did not vet him. They jumped on the bandwagon without any consideration but his race. The easy way was taken and now people are done with it and don’t want to think about it anymore. I am very sorry that this writer is disappointed and now realizing that who they picked is the opposite of who they needed.

    • DandyTiger says:

      I agree, there is some aspect of we put in the magic man that makes us never have to think about race issues again among the stunningly stupid. But what’s needed is to slap them in the face, mostly figuratively :), and say, no dude, nothing has really changed. We still have the same issues and problems and it’s a hard, hard fight to make things better.

      The race baiting that the Obama admin and followers and other organizations do is the worst thing though. I think that effort is setting race relations back a good 40 years. It’s really sad to see people knowingly do that for short term political gain. I could be wrong of course. Perhaps we’ll come through this better off. I hope I am wrong.

      • Lulu says:

        The “magic man” and all our problems go away was certainly part of the Obama marketing, but there was also this weird Messiah stuff where all of our sins are forgiven with some (many?) and thinking they do not have to think about or address race anymore. The article I linked clearly shows that attitude with the friend saying no one cares about race but her (a young black woman) and how can she (a young white woman) and everyone else be racist because Obama (who she and whites voted for) is president.

        I think we may be seeing the expectations of various Obama supporters finally be exposed. Minorities thought they would see a wise man address their concerns with actions which has not happened unless it is to his political benefit. And whites thought the race thing would just go away because they had paid the price of white guilt for slavery, segregation, legal discrimination, etc by electing a guy they did not vet. Basically no one got what they wanted or expected.

  9. foxyladi14 says:

    we would be better of if the WON had lost.. 😆

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