Why do I even bother to read this type of junk story? And on CNN for f*cks sake! I detest CNN’s hipster facade: their “we’re so cool we have a weekly segment called Just Sayin’ where we tackle ‘hot button’ (read: tired) issues like Is Feminism Obsolete?” nonsense. If this question is “news” then perhaps CNN is obsolete because the topic is so played out and mad boring–so boring that even contributor Carol Costello is at such a loss for something new to say that she repeats the same quoted sentence twice in a 267 word article. So why would CNN waste its time and resources even e-printing this type of story? Let me tell you the sentence Costello repeated: “No conservative woman would choose to call herself a feminist as it’s described by liberals today.”
Let’s deconstruct, shall we? This piece isn’t really about whether feminism is obsolete; it’s about conservatives being pissed that feminists didn’t stand beside on-again-off-again flip-flop feminist Sarah Palin when Letterman made a joke about her daughter. Costello insinuates that feminists must support all women all the time… even if the woman is Sarah-flippin-Palin making a big self-serving stink out of a little pile of poop. And when feminists were able to distinguish between one of their own and someone who was being opportunistic, some talking heads, like Costello, started to pooh-pooh feminism. Because maybe if feminism can be made to look unappealing to conservative women then they’ll forget the myriad ways they benefit from it.
The irony here is that Palin’s response to the joke was to decry a rape culture, hopping on the Right-wing bandwagon of co-opting Liberal rhetoric by making statements that sound a lot like something out of Jessica Valenti’s The Purity Myth. (Congrats Jess, you have a fan in Palin! Isn’t that totally awesome?) My guess is that this is yet another attempt from Palin to come across as ideologically aligned with women who completely wrote her off in the 2008 election. She’s playing both sides of the isle, folks, because when opportunity knocks… right? And 2012 is just a hairsbreadth away.
So CNN is couching its Palin support and anti-feminist sentiment in an article that questions the relevance of feminism. (Yawn.) Is anybody really buying this crap? Well, anyone but Commenter Larry, a guy who answers Costello’s question by saying, “Feminism is as dead as a door nail these days. We have bigger fish to fry. By the way you’re very pretty.”
Yup. Feminism is soooo dead and unnecessary.