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Is South Africa Led By Sexist Men?

Helen Zille, leader of the South African Democratic Alliance, charged that sexism and misogyny were part of the society because of examples set by the nation’s leader, including President Jacob Zuma. She cited a recent study which revealed that 27% of youth believe “they could prevent HIV infection if they bathed after sex.” She referred to Zuma’s claim a few years ago that he could not have obtained HIV after sex with a woman who supposedly was infected, because he took a shower after the sex. Zille refused to back down from charging Zuma with behavior that has poisoned the minds of children and created a sense of sexism. The statistic, noted Zille, “explains why a leader’s personal conduct should be subject to scrutiny if it has public consequences.”

Zille has been sharply criticized for only appointing white males to key government positions in the West Cape where she is premier. She dismissed the charges on grounds selecting the best candidates was the most important criteria. Ms. Zille is not a sexist, but her decision to only appoint white males is not the most strategic for someone who is shouting about sexism in society.

Sarah Palin-Sexism And Her Supposed “Sharp Mind”

I recently was taken to task by a woman who said my reference to Sarah Palin and skirts on a missile displayed male sexism. She also indicated, although a supporter of Obama, she respected the “sharp mind” of Governor Palin. The writer indicated great hostility towards George Bush but is thrilled at the “sharp mind” of Palin whose ideas are the exact same as Bush. There are women in America who are so thrilled at the idea of a woman running for a high office, that sex gender becomes more important than political, social, or economic views.

Part of the problem is the overwhelming majority of women who write on the Internet come from middle class backgrounds and lack any sense or knowledge of the lives of working class women or their interests. About one out of four Americans lives pay check to pay check, most of whom are women. Exactly how do these women benefit from the “sharp mind” of Sarah Palin? Let’s look at the record:

Sarah Palin opposes abortion. If abortion was no longer legal, middle and upper class women would find ways to get one. Not a poor woman.
Sarah Palin opposes health care. Certainly, this is an important issue for all women.
Sarah Palin opposes sex education for young girls and boys.
Sarah Palin opposes raising minimum wages.
Sarah Palin supports drilling for more oil as a solution to energy issues.
Sarah Palin opposes gay rights
Sarah Palin opposes legislation to ensure gender equity in the work place.
Sarah Palin supports huge tax cuts for the wealthy which results in the national debt rising.
Sarah Palin supports less government control over the housing market. How many people have suffered because of the lack of supervision?
Sarah Palin opposes legislation to make it easier for workers to organize labor unions.

Are these examples of her “sharp mind?”

Sarah Palin would risk war with Russia over Georgia! This is risking war with a nation that has the second largest nuclear stockpile in the world!
Sarah Palin talks about getting tough with Iran.
Sarah Palin did not know what the “Bush Doctrine” was when asked in an interview.

To be blunt, Governor Palin lacks knowledge of the complexity of the modern world and mainly goes along with Bush rhetoric. During the 2004 election, right wing women like Sarah Palin went along with attacks on John Kerry for his lack of masculinity in Vietnam and claimed he really did not fight but shirked battle. They belittled an American hero who risked his life while cowards like Cheney, Bush, and Rumsfeld made certain they would never get near any situation in which someone was firing at them. Women like Palin thought it OK to ridicule a man, but now Palin and her supporters become infuriated at the very notion anyone would dare make a comment that indicates she is a woman.

She is among the most dangerous candidates for public office in our history. If she ever took over the presidency, this nation would face the prospect of “sharp minded” Sarah Palin plunging the country into a nuclear war because she will not blink.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but Governor Palin still has an eight guinea pig power brain.