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Feminist dilemma for 2012 (Ultra Barf Alert)
The Keene Sentinel ^ | June 18, 2011 | Mary Ann Sorrentino, former RI Planned Parenthood Exec Dir

Posted on 06/18/2011 6:31:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

As a woman who has spent much of her adult life lobbying for and writing about equal rights and opportunities for women, I am distressed that some candidates for the upcoming national elections make me sick to my feminist stomach. I am talking about people like Michele Bachmann and the omnipresent Sarah Palin.

I want to see women in the highest offices in the country, I really do. But I feel obligated to evaluate female presidential candidates by the same standards I use to evaluate male candidates. They should be experienced, appropriate, articulate, and knowledgeable in domestic and foreign policy so they can effectively represent this nation in critical national and international forums.

This means that people who don’t realize Concord, Mass. is different from Concord, N.H. or who insist Paul Revere’s famous ride was to warn the British flunk the test.

Add to this the fact that neither of these women supports any of the issues American women have fought so hard for, for decades, and you have the Equal opportunity, child care options, reproductive freedom, and freedom from sexual harassment are just a few of the issues American women are still fighting hard to obtain and/or preserve: neither Bachmann nor Palin seem interested or informed on any of them. It seems unconscionable that women could rise to the heights of power as these two have and still be depending on vapid qualities for their popularity. Ask any man who likes either or both of them and the first thing he’ll tell you is how “hot” they look!

Will America now return to the old “casting couch” method for moving women up in the political pecking order?

I had a lifelong friend, an evangelical right-winger, chide me for not supporting Palin in 2008. When I suggested Palin actually opposed many of the issues critical to women I had spent my life fighting for, my friend said, “But you have to admit she’s a “pretty girl.”

I know looks have a role in political success, stupid as that is. It is one of the reasons men like Hubert Humphrey never got to be president and why JFK won the Nixon-Kennedy debates. I didn’t just fall off the political turnip truck, but I want to raise a big red flag over that truck that says, “Get Real, America!”

The idea of Sarah Palin of Michele Bachmann in the same sentence with President of the United States doesn’t make any more sense to me as a voter and a woman than nominating Barney Frank to the diplomatic corps. People are who they are, with qualities and liabilities. Intelligent, mature observers must separate the world as they would like it to be from the candidates as they, in fact, are.

I am willing to do this on the left and I implore those on the right to stop trying to support the policies they believe in through candidates totally unqualified for the full presidential responsibility.

I, for one, don’t want to hand the red phone to anyone who can’t even spell “nuclear holocaust.” Do you?


TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: abortion; bachmann; envy; feminazi; hypocrisy; palin; prolife; sarahpalin; spite
Mary Ann Sorrentino was Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of RI, from 1977-1987 when it opened the first outpatient abortion clinic in RI, the most Roman Catholic state in the union (65%.) Predictably and of necessity, Sorrentino became, and remains, a leading advocate for reproductive rights and women’s rights in general. In 1985, the diocese of Providence tried to prevent her then 15-year-old daughter from being confirmed, and publicly declared Sorrentino excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church in a first-ever such declaration.

Rhode Islander Magazine named her one of the state’s “Bulldogs” for advocacy and she has been honored by NOW, The House of Compassion (AIDS), RI Rape Crisis, Travelers Aid for the Homeless, Survivors’ Network (Catholic survivors of sexual abuse by priests) and Planned Parenthood for her dedication to human rights causes.

Author: Abortion: The A Word – Real Women, Tough Choices, Personal Freedom.

The author

1 posted on 06/18/2011 6:31:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The fact people like her detest Sarah Palin is one reason to like her. That’s one of the first things I look at in a candidate: “Do the right people hate you?”


2 posted on 06/18/2011 6:36:39 PM PDT by RecoveringPaulisto
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I, for one, don’t want to hand the red phone to anyone who can’t even spell “nuclear holocaust.” Do you?

But I bet she's fine with handing the red phone to someone who wants to protect all 57 states...

3 posted on 06/18/2011 6:37:19 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There is so much to debunk in this article where the woman simply has not done her homework...but...this, in particular, caught my attention:

to evaluate female presidential candidates by the same standards I use to evaluate male candidates. They should be experienced, appropriate, articulate, and knowledgeable in domestic and foreign policy so they can effectively represent this nation in critical national and international forums.

Yeah, right...I am sure Obama passed that evaluation. You know this Leftwinger voted for, and probably campaigned for that WH resident who has NONE of those qualifications. Guess for him, she lowered her standards.

4 posted on 06/18/2011 6:41:17 PM PDT by CitizenM (If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.-Ronald Re)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
a leading advocate for reproductive rights

I recommend that people avoid adopting Leftist newspeak. Since when does killing babies mean "reproductive rights?" Reproduction means conceiving and bearing children. No one is blocking women from reproducing.

5 posted on 06/18/2011 6:43:55 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: hellbender

I didn’t write that, it’s from her bio.


6 posted on 06/18/2011 6:45:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("We didn't lose Vietnam. We quit Vietnam." ~Gen. Al Haig)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Planned parenthood exec? Of course!


7 posted on 06/18/2011 6:50:01 PM PDT by Joann37
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This woman seems to find experience and knowledge to be important factors in voting for President. So she didn’t vote for Obama, did she?


8 posted on 06/18/2011 6:52:32 PM PDT by Grunthor (Make the lefts' collective brain cell implode; Cain/Bolton 2012.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The author when weighed is found wanting in all but hubris.


9 posted on 06/18/2011 6:52:40 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is BS on some levels.

If one is a feminist, and one wants to see women advance in politics, one has to realize that there is a whole spectrum of political ideology out there. Some women candidates for office will not be knee jerk liberals.

If one truly wants women to advance in politics, one must be intellectually honest enough to admit that such women may not agree with you politically on various issues. But, nonetheless, steps forward for women are taken when women run for and are elected to office.

It’s not even news anymore if a woman is elected a U.S. Senator, or the governor of a state.

A woman president will be elected in our lifetimes. It could happen sooner than we think. And it’s quite possible that this woman will be Republican.

It will still be a ground breaking achievement when a woman is elected president, if that woman is Republican. You can’t say you want advancement for women, but that only liberal women are allowed. At least if you are intellectually honest you can’t say that.


10 posted on 06/18/2011 6:52:57 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Flycatcher
But I bet she's fine with handing the red phone to someone who wants to protect all 57 states...

With the corpse men!

11 posted on 06/18/2011 6:57:40 PM PDT by mckenzie7 (Democrats = Trough Sloppers!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ahhh, the femi-Nazi speaks out. Sorry lady but you do not represent the majority of womanhood. Especially since you TOTALLY represent the myth that women have some God-given right to murder their babies just so they can clear their social calendar and fit in their prom dress if they’re a teenager.

Ugh! Ugh! This kind of ugly nutjob is THE problem in this country.


12 posted on 06/18/2011 7:00:34 PM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: Dilbert San Diego

13 posted on 06/18/2011 7:01:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("We didn't lose Vietnam. We quit Vietnam." ~Gen. Al Haig)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I want to see women in the highest offices in the country, I really do. But I feel obligated to evaluate female presidential candidates by the same standards I use to evaluate male candidates. They should be

"... willing to champion my ability to butcher live babies. Lots and lots and lots of babies. BUCKETS of 'em."

14 posted on 06/18/2011 7:01:14 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Beauty is skin deep, but ugly runs through and through.

15 posted on 06/18/2011 7:02:25 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Little Bill

This needs a New Hampshire ping.
Keene is one of those liberal cesspools of NH. Not surprising to find a college there, as you would some of the other liberal cesspools like Hanover and Durham.


16 posted on 06/18/2011 7:02:34 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (NO MORE SECOND TERMS!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL, good editorial cartoon!!


17 posted on 06/18/2011 7:05:13 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That is a very good cartoon. It sums up perfectly the comedy/insanity/ of liberal woman's view of conservative woman.
They have no rational way to oppose Palin, so they just start grabbing at straws.
They are outraged because she has succeeded without their playbook.
18 posted on 06/18/2011 7:07:02 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (2008 was about words; 2012 will be about numbers)
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To: Past Your Eyes
I was going to note that she has come to roost in the People's Academic Oblast of Keene, NH. Keene St. Univ. has been rated as one of the nation's classic examples of a grade-inflated party school whose grads are unqualified for most jobs.

Mary Ann is nuts. Try this:

I had never imagined how powerful our ovaries could be

Posted: Monday, April 11, 2011 12:15 pm | Updated: 12:10 pm, Mon Apr 11, 2011. By Mary Ann Sorrentino | 0 comments Most Americans never realized that the answer to straightening out the current financial crisis they are slogging through is to muck up the environment and retake control of women’s hard-fought reproductive rights. Of course, we should have known: It makes perfect sense that if the nation simply adopts a policy of forced pregnancy and then weans all the newborns off their mothers’ breasts and into an atmosphere of poisonous air and tainted water all our fiscal woes will just disappear.

Recent photos suggest that she is on her way to approaching the Helen Thomas level of physical ugliness.

19 posted on 06/18/2011 7:11:28 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I had a lifelong friend, an evangelical right-winger, chide me for not supporting Palin in 2008. When I suggested Palin actually opposed many of the issues critical to women I had spent my life fighting for, my friend said, “But you have to admit she’s a “pretty girl.”

I CALL BS!! This very unlikely comment certainly would not have been made by this person's "lifelong friend," who I'm sure would have known better.

20 posted on 06/18/2011 7:14:13 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: hellbender

Great. IBTHTP!


21 posted on 06/18/2011 7:15:09 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“They should be experienced, appropriate, articulate, and knowledgeable in domestic and foreign policy .... and be pro-abortion just like me.”

There, fixed the sentence


22 posted on 06/18/2011 7:24:55 PM PDT by Lorianne (o)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I know looks have a role in political success, stupid as that is. It is one of the reasons men like Hubert Humphrey never got to be president and why JFK won the Nixon-Kennedy debates. I didn’t just fall off the political turnip truck, but I want to raise a big red flag over that truck that says, “Get Real, America!”

She's got a point here. Although I enjoy looking at Sarah as much as the next guy, this country has got to get over its obsession with looks in a leader.

Indira Ghandi, Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meir were none of them good looking, but at least the last two were effective leaders of their country.

It should be noted the media spent a lot of time in the last election discussing how buff Obama was.

23 posted on 06/18/2011 7:33:48 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ask any man who likes either or both of them and the first thing he’ll tell you is how “hot” they look!

Hot? I hadn't noticed.

24 posted on 06/18/2011 7:46:18 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: Sherman Logan

Agreed. Libs cannot see past Sarah’s beauty. If she had aborted Trig they would see genuine ugliness in her and would praise her as the next Joan of Arc.


25 posted on 06/18/2011 7:54:06 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This IS my blog site.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Lying King.

Cheers!

26 posted on 06/18/2011 8:02:36 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Louis Foxwell
"Agreed. Libs cannot see past Sarah’s beauty. If she had aborted Trig they would see genuine ugliness in her and would praise her as the next Joan of Arc"

If Sarah Palin was a Democrat she'd be the biggest liberal icon since FDR. You'd be reading and hearing things like: "the beautiful Sarah Palin was wearing a stunning dress and looked like a Hollywood star.....", and, "Sarah Palin is a woman who knows how to fight and knows how to win, she's talented, likeable and every bit as politically savy as Hillary Clinton. She will take America to new heights".

27 posted on 06/18/2011 8:05:49 PM PDT by jiminycricket000
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
For these lefty beauties, only one cause truly matters. It excites their neurons to the max and rules their universe. For them, abortion is first, last and everything in between.
28 posted on 06/18/2011 8:07:53 PM PDT by JPG (Hey, LSM, how are those emails workin' out for ya?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"They should be experienced, appropriate, articulate, and knowledgeable in domestic and foreign policy so they can effectively represent this nation in critical national and international forums."

Hey, excommunicunt, you mean like THIS clown?>

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29 posted on 06/18/2011 8:23:16 PM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: Dick Bachert

Sorry, it’s EXCOMMUNICANT. Must get that other cateract fixed...


30 posted on 06/18/2011 8:25:32 PM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Until the Declaration of Independence was signed, technically, they were still British subjects.


31 posted on 06/18/2011 9:37:28 PM PDT by wastedyears (SEAL SIX makes me proud to have been playing SOCOM since 2003.)
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To: hellbender

Roe v Wade legalized infanticide. Where they get “reproductive rights” from, I don’t know. Though I’ll speculate that they call it “reproductive rights,” to maybe get it in the same vein that we have freedom of the press. So by saying it that way, it’s already less demonized than calling it what it is, murdering the unborn. At least, when it pops into Liberal’s heads, it’s less demonized.


32 posted on 06/18/2011 9:42:37 PM PDT by wastedyears (SEAL SIX makes me proud to have been playing SOCOM since 2003.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Straight out of Animal Farm:

“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

They consider all women running for office equal, but the ones with a Liberal mindset are more equal than the rest.


33 posted on 06/18/2011 9:49:12 PM PDT by wastedyears (SEAL SIX makes me proud to have been playing SOCOM since 2003.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If this 'so-called journalist' had another brain, it would most definitely be lonesome.

Talk about morons!!! Sheeeesh!!!

34 posted on 06/18/2011 9:53:58 PM PDT by SlightOfTongue
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To: SlightOfTongue
They should be experienced, appropriate, articulate, and knowledgeable in domestic and foreign policy so they can effectively represent this nation in critical national and international forums.

She nailed it. Sounds like Sarah to me. Obama not.

35 posted on 06/18/2011 10:00:38 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I, for one, don’t want to hand the red phone to anyone who can’t even spell “nuclear holocaust.” Do you?

LOL! I didn't know Obama can't spell "nuclear holocaust"? On top of not knowing the words 'corpsmen' and mispronouncing it three times as "corpse man". What a dolt.

Or letting his staff give a large button to the Russians with the word RESET in Cyrillic on the button. Only they misspelled RESET. Of course the liberal Democrat dolts didn't know any better but the Russians had a good guffaw over such a public display of Democrat stupidity.

36 posted on 06/18/2011 10:17:24 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Join the AFL-CIO. The Communist Party needs new blood.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
As a woman who has spent much of her adult life lobbying for and writing about equal rights and opportunities for women,

Although she looks it, this woman can't be that old. The 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920 but the women's suffrage movement began a long time before that.

All those other "rights" are like all liberal "rights." They are privileges for a particular group. The purpose is to create victim groups and class division. As long as we remember that everyone is equal before the law (courts) we will be fine. This "rights" create inequality under the law.

37 posted on 06/21/2011 10:02:53 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (I retain the right to be inconsistent, contradictory and even flat-out wrong!)
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