The McCain campaign is making a lot of hay about sexism in the political attacks and media coverage on Sarah Palin. A lot of it is false alarm - it seems intent to use the sexist defense whenever scrutiny gets too critical. In fact, it ironically seems to be engaging in the victimisation/identity politics that Republicans have spent the better part of thirty years decrying.
That said, there's no doubt that there is a lot of sexism in the reactions to Palin out there. And it's bugging the hell out of me. I'm not seeing it much at the top level - not from the Obama campaign or Democratic politicians themselves, with a striking exception or two. But I see a lot of it from the grassroots, so to say. In blog comments and forum posts especially. And the t-shirt industry etc, who are only interested in making a buck out of the whole thing, has jumped on the bandwagon. I guess you cant blame Dems or Obama supporters for the sexist ads - although on the other hand, somebody must be buying those tees, no, why else would they keep on advertising them?
Below are some of the examples that got my goad. Meanwhile, the feminist Shakesville
blog has an ongoing feature called Sarah Palin Sexism Watch
- and they're at #16 now...