Laura Ingraham on Fox News specifically wanted to know “Are Feminists Jealous of Sarah Palin?” Which is weird. But the discussion on Fox News waded into parenting waters so I wanted to ask our readers: Do you hate Sarah Palin because she lost her baby weight?A brief bit of background: the Washington City Paper has an article saying that Laura Ingraham was filling in for Bill O’Reilly on October 30, 2009, and actually had a segment titled “Are Feminists Jealous of Sarah Palin?” Ingraham’s guests were “Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn and Republican pollster KellyAnne Conway” and City Paper says that the trio “produced some pretty interesting theories” regarding feminist animosity towards Palin. The reasons, which include things like “Todd is cute” are all bizarre — why can’t someone just dislike Palin because of what she says or does? (To be fair, Quinn does say that eventually.) But here’s the baby weight thing:
Theory #3: We hate her because Palin lost weight after having the 5th baby we never had because we were too busy being childless spinster abortionists without cute husbands:
CONWAY: . . . And look, she lost all her baby weight. It makes some women crazy. They’ve got 1.3 children and a Pilates schedule they have to keep, and it makes some of them crazy.
QUINN: . . . Well, let me just say first that she has a point about people being jealous about her losing her baby weight. I have to say.
I wish I were clever enough to make this up but I’m not. (Well, maybe I am. But not this time.)
So, um… “she has a point about people being jealous about her losing her baby weight”? Really? Does anyone actually think that anyone, feminist, not feminist, Martian, whatever, dislikes Palin because she’s physically fit? “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful”? Really?
Ingraham goes on to say, “Admit it right now. Palin is hot. She is pro-life. She shoots. She hunts. She has a big family. And all these feminists are like just seething with jealousy about it.” Riiiight. Because other than, she’s just wonderful.
Conway even posits the notion that this perceived hatred is because Palin “looks so feminine. She acts like a woman, but governed like a man.” What the heck does that even mean? It sounds like a deodorant ad — you know, “strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.”
What’s funny (not ha-ha funny) about this line of thinking is that it is, in my opinion, incredibly insulting to Sarah Palin. Think about it — it’s not possible to dislike her for her political views, or her actions. Just her looks, and her abilities as a wife and mother. You know. Woman stuff.
But back to the question at hand. Do you hate Sarah Palin because she lost her baby weight? (Feel free to weigh in on the “Todd is hot” theory if you like, but I’m not going there.)
Source: Washington City Paper