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Wonkette: ZOMG!!!11!! PALIN HAS BOOBS!!1!!!!1!!eleventy!!!1

Lots of proverbial ink has been spilled over Sarah Palin and the hypocrisy of the feminists regarding anything involving her. The scum of the blogosphere that is Wonkette published a piece this morning, based on the oh-so-credible tweet of some random minion. The hot topic of the day: Did Palin get breat implants?

The fact that this story was a) written in the first place and b) picked up on by several feminist sites and other blogs is infuriating. It’s clearly not true. This is the photo they use as “evidence”

First of all, she’s got on a tee-shirt, and in the other 2 pics she has on a jacket. It’s all about the angle. The photo below was clearly taken the same day:

She’s always been curvy, and she happened to be wearing a shirt and was caught at an angle that enhanced her bust. Point? It’s a load of crap and totally baseless. So why am I covering it? Good question.

I had a long conversation with a male friend who didn’t understand why I would bother giving credibility to the slime that is Wonkette. I’m aware that they don’t have a thinking audience. I know that they don’t have influence and that no one takes them seriously. I understand my friend’s concern with giving a voice to this, and I considered letting it go.

The reason I chose to write about it was simple: The timing. I would have ignored this if it were any other day. Today, however, happens to be the day after Palin showed how much pull her primary endorsements really do have. Her (mostly female) candidates won across the country, the largest being the Carly Fiorina win in the California Senate race. Disagree with her or not, she has influence, and it’s foolish to pretend that she is anything but a force to be reckoned with politically.

If this were only on Wonkette’s site, I would never have seen it. I don’t exactly frequent there. However, the story picked up some legs. It’s been talked about by the Boston Herald, local news, and all kinds of leftwing blogs. Not to mention the “feminists” who claim that the question prompted “thoughtful discussion.” I picked it up initially via Jammie Wearing Fool.

The willingness to latch onto a complete load of crap like this is indicative of the real issue, which is that instead of acknowledging the power of Sarah Palin and launching serious attacks on, say, her grassroots cred after her establishment endorsements, they’d rather talk about her boobs. It’s demeaning. It’s offensive. It’s totally inappropriate.

I disagree with many conservatives regarding Sarah Palin as a future candidate, but I will defend her to the death when it comes to the way she’s treated in the media. And if another feminist comes to me whining about the fact that I embrace being put on a list acknowledging my appearance while ignoring actual sexism, I will tell them to shove it. For you to have any credibility whatsoever as a feminist, you first need to step up and defend women… even the ones you don’t like.

Update: The response to this has been fascinating for me. The men have called me “Tabster” and told me not to write about it and the women have linked me. Thanks, Melissa.

What role did Palin play in the primaries? And why is the Left talking about her boobs?

There’s been a lot of talk about what yesterday meant for the Tea Party movement and specifically, how much Sarah Palin’s endorsements – which she handed out like candy – had to do with the wins and losses. How much of it was anti-incumbent rage? Anti-establishment rage? Anti-big government rage? Melissa Clouthier at Liberty Pundits writes:

I don’t buy the whole anti-incumbent thing. I think that’s a simple simon answer to a more complex question. It’s also a way for the Democrats and Republicans to not take difficult looks at themselves and the position they’ve put themselves in with voters.

I agree. Right now, people resent government as a whole, on both sides of the aisle, and it’s a tough spot for establishment candidates in both parties. There were incumbents who did just fine. Lincoln in Arkansas, despite the rage of the left and a $10 million campaign against her from the unions, managed to eke out a win. Senators who actually listened to their constituencies – a la Jim DeMint – won easily.

But the question everyone’s asking is this: What role did Palin play? I heard someone joke that in this round, she just endorsed anyone with two X chromosomes. I’ve been pretty open with my criticism of her, as well as her establishment endorsements. The honest truth is that I don’t dislike her as much as many of you think I do – I think she serves a purpose in the movement, and I don’t want to diminish the value of her voice or fundraising power. When she speaks, people listen – for better or worse.

That said, when we have the power of Palin and the Tea Party behind the same candidate, they will do well (and yes, I’m consciously separating the two). When Palin decides to endorse an establishment candidate, the vote will be split, and we will likely lose. Case in point: Carly Fiorina. I wouldn’t necessarily make the argument that a Palin endorsement would have won the race for DeVore, but I’m confident that it gave many a pass to vote against their conscience, in addition to deflating the base momentum that Chuck DeVore had built.

Sometimes, it’s best for the big guns to stay far, far away from races.

We also proved that we don’t need a Palin endorsement to win. Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks, and Club For Growth stepped in for Angle, and she easily won the Nevada Senate GOP primary, jumping from single digits to a win in just over a month. I’d be willing to wager that a Palin endorsement for Sue Lowden – you know, since she was the pragmaticchoice – would have been a significant ding for Angle.

All that to say that Palin is significant because she represents a large portion of the movement. In many cases, she still has enough pull with the base to make them rethink their candidate selection. She’s also proven that she knows how to pick a winner. It’s just a matter of whether or not her devotion lies to paying back political favors or standing up for the grassroots – there’s no denying that she’s got power.

That is, unless you’re a lefty. And then you can do nothing but analyze her boobs. Feminist rage: engage in 3…2…1…

Oh right, she’s a conservative. Carry on, Boston Herald.

Women Objectified By The Big Bad Blogger Men. And then it was our turn.

John Hawkins of RightWingNews.com released his 20 Hottest Women in New Media last week. As these lists always do, it’s brought about a fresh round of controversy – both from those whose crush was left off the list, as well as those who are righteously indignant about the objectification of the women on the list. The objectification of men seems to not be an issue… Who knows, maybe Newsweek will rage about us making poor Jeff Emanuel take his shirt off for the 20 Hottest Conservative Men list. Or something.

Is it shallow? Yeah. So what? Here’s the thing: every woman on the Right Wing News list is fighting the good fight, and we’re confident in our work. We’ve all contributed substantially to the conservative cause. Some are more establishment, and some more grassroots. Some are more well known than others, and some are new to the field. The list of accomplishments varies… all are contributors with their own strengths and credentials.

The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait got his knickers in a twist about it, stating that conservative women are “welcomed in and valued for their ideas, provided they are first deemed suitably attractive by a panel of men.” What he ignores is that we’ve ALREADY been welcomed. Women like Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter have decades of work behind them. SE Cupp and Laura Ingraham are both published best selling authors. All of the women there have established themselves and are in demand among conservative circles.

His comment is obviously a jab that extends beyond John’s Top 20… all I have to say is look at the response the grassroots has had to Sarah Palin. To Michele Bachmann during the health care fight. Gov. Brewer on immigration in Arizona. Some of the top fighters on the Right are women, and time and again they’ve displayed the cajones that our men couldn’t seem to find.

The idea that a woman could see her name on a list of that nature and do nothing but take it as a compliment and move on just seems to make their heads explode.

Instead, they’d rather blame the women for trading in sex appeal or blame the men for turning the helpless, brainless women into pieces of meat. Our own Snark and Boobs (AKA Lori Ziganto) shredded Newsweek for their hypocrisy:

If any of your distinguished journalists had bothered to simply ask me, I would have told you what the name meant. No, it is not “trading in sex appeal.” It is meant in good humor. You see, we conservative women like our girl parts and will even poke fun at them from time to time. Good thing I didn’t name it my other thought, Boobsandsammiches, huh? Your heads would have exploded. Oh well, better luck next time!

The Raw Story took it one further and offered that possibly our looks are all we really have to offer, which is clearly not sexist at all and totally okay since we’re nothing but tools of the Right Wing patriarchy and incapable of thinking for ourselves. Apparently, all Truly Enlightened women are supposed hate the fact that they are actually, well, women and recoil at the idea of being feminine and beautiful.

Tommy Christopher, ever the defender of conservative women, jumped in one more time to state his objection to the fact that the judges didn’t include a paragraph about our accomplishments. While I appreciate his sentiment, it’s just not an issue for the women involved in the list. We take it for what it is: A moment to acknowledge that it’s possible for a women to be a bad ass blogger/journalist/online warrior, and beautiful at the same time. It’s doesn’t demean my value as a human being to have someone tell me I’m pretty – even if they don’t immediately recite my resume.

And if there’s a woman out there who says she doesn’t like being told she’s pretty, she’s lying. When it’s not done, you know, by creepy old men leaning out their car window offering you a ride or something.

Melissa Clouthier facilitated the obligatory response to the list: LibertyPundits.net’s Top 20 Hottest Conservative Men. Four of the nine female judges were on the RightWingNews list – and the rest easily could have been.

I have yet to hear, well, anyone decry the objectification of these fine men. Newsweek, we even put aside our white supremacist overtones and added a couple non-white faces! It’s a fine collection, if I do say so myself.