Do you think having a differing opinion against a majority belief in feminism is a breaking point for one to hold a feminist identity? I am asking you this question because I was reading Nina Power’s short book titled, One Dimensional Woman, which raises a variety of issues on feminism. But one argument in particular that caught my attention was that some argue that women like Sarah Palin are not feminist because they do not believe in abortion. This is very evident when Power’s addresses how feminist, Jessica Valenti, finds Sarah Palin to be an anti-feminist, as she does not support abortion as shown in her article titled “Opinion: the Fake Feminism of Sarah Palin.” I for one agree with Power’s that just because someone does not believe in one element of feminism that does not break his or her feminist identity. There are a variety of levels of feminism just like political ideologies. Power’s states, “Jessica Valenti in The Guardian takes the perhaps more intuitive line that Palin is an ‘anti-feminist’ through and through, because, among other things, she would limit women’s right to choose and abolish sex education” (Power, 2009, p. 7).
Although I am pro-choice and am very supportive of sex education being taught in public schools not everyone agrees with me, which is perfectly okay. But the reality if Sarah Palin were the vice president or still governor of Alaska is that she could not make abortion illegal. It would be incredibly difficult and nearly impossible to overturn Roe v. Wade. Although states can make it difficult for a woman to get an abortion but the federal level makes it very clear that a woman has every right to get an abortion if she chooses to.
All Palin could do is limit funding for sex education and try to implement laws that would make it harder for a woman to get an abortion. I personally think just because Sarah Palin is pro-life this does not make her an anti-feminist. She is just against abortion for personal religious reasons and that is her opinion. I think Palin is actually great for feminism as she was the first vice presidential women candidate and has made a breakthrough in the world of politics that is dominated by men.
Palin has even shot down republican women who feel that a woman’s place should be in the home according to Powers (Power, 2009, p. 8). Palin has proven that one can be a mother, governor, presidential candidate, and wife, showing that a woman can pursue whatever she wants to, while being a variety of different roles. Love her or hate her I think Sarah Palin is a feminist and although she may not be my favorite person in the world just because she does not believe in abortion or would try to make abortion and sex education harder to obtain does not make her any less of feminist. In addition her pro-life stance does not make her against woman as a whole. Do you think if that a feminist does not believe in abortion or something else like women are not portrayed negatively in the media that then this makes them an anti-feminist or not a feminist at all? Or do you think that there can be different levels of feminism some more liberal or conservative? I for one think that feminism comes in all shapes and sizes. Let me know, I would love to hear what you have to say.