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Wednesday, Sep 10, 2008, 12:04 pm

On ‘Pit Bull Feminism’

By Jarrett Dapier

Email this article to a friend reader, TheologyJen, responds to Susan Douglas's new column on Sarah Palin and 'Pit Bull Feminism':

Speaking from the other side of the Pond, it seems to me that a basic category error is being made here. Being a “Superwoman, top executive and mother of five” does not automatically qualify any woman as a feminist. It just means she’s a woman who has succeeded in acquiring power and influence *despite* her gender.

To qualify as a feminist you have to at the very least subscribe to the basic tenets of the movement, and that includes reproductive rights and equal employment rights. Without that, Sarah Palin is not a Pit Bull Feminist, she’s just a Pit Bull.

Jarrett Dapier is a former assistant publisher at In These Times. Previous work for ITT includes interviews with playwright Christopher Shinn and Fugazi guitarist, Ian Mackaye. He currently works with teens at the Evanston Public Library where he runs a recycled drumming program and directs stage adaptations of young adult literature. He lives in Evanston, IL.

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