Increasingly, conservatives are using cornerstone beliefs of liberal feminism to co-opt icon feminist images and even the term feminism for policies and people who most of us agree are not in fact invested in the advancement of women world wide but rather in themselves and often xenophobic or “gender neutral” agenda. In my mind this is happening due as much to the failure to take this trend seriously and address holes in actual feminist organizing on the part of feminists as it is due to neo-conservative understanding that women are now the majority in this country and need to be courted accordingly.
When Sarah Palin ran for Vice-President in the last election, many conservative women saw her as a beacon of “conservative feminism.” For some of them, she represented an idealized womanhood that they felt empowered women. She was:
- in public office
- on the…
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