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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

If They Revoked Vaginas…

posted by on October 7 at 11:23 AM

Evidently this has been all over the ladyblogs for the past few days, so if you’ve seen it already, please kindly ignore.

But at a rally this past weekend, the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women announced her support for Sarah Palin.

A few choice segments:

Shelly Mandell, the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women introduced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin over the weekend in California, speaking not on behalf of NOW but “as an individual, as a woman’s rights activist for 30 years who has worked for all those years to see this day.

“I know Sarah Palin cares about women’s rights, she cares about equality, she cares about equal pay, and as Vice President she will fight for it. She cares about our children and she cares about women’s lives. She’s an athlete and she knows what Title Nine did for girls like her.”

“America,” Mandell said, “this is what a feminist looks like.”

This, naturally, has caused an outbreak of glee on conservative blogs, where comments like “Finally, an intellectually honest feminist!” abound.

Does Mandell have a brain tumor? No—I’m sorry to demean anyone with a brain tumor. What I mean is, would Mandell care to elaborate?

I wonder which policy of Palin’s Mandell is applauding.

The one where, in order to cut the budget in Wasilla, Palin charged rape victims for their own evidence-gathering exams?

The one where, earlier this year, Palin slashed funding to a program that helps give teenage mothers and their babies a place to live?

The one where Palin forces victims of rape and incest to have the resulting babies?

The one where Palin restricts a woman’s ability to sue her employer for equal pay?

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. No. It’s the fact that Palin is an athlete. Oh, got it. Sorry. Phew. Because I thought Mandell’s support might have been groundless.

Hey, what about an athlete ticket?!! I see… Simpson-Palin! That’s the ticket!

(More on Palin’s policies from ECB here.)

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I thought NOW already endorsed Obama-Biden, or maybe it was just their political action committee.

In any case, she's just another lizard alien with a feminist human face mask like those smiling invaders in 'V.'

Posted by jackie treehorn | October 7, 2008 11:26 AM

She is! She IS from V! I'm going to start calling her Diana.

Posted by Mikki | October 7, 2008 11:31 AM

NOW has, indeed, already endorsed the Obama-McCain ticket. I am gonna guess that Shelly Mandell's days as the LA chapter president are numbered.

I would also bet that she is originally from Orange County.

Posted by kerri harrop | October 7, 2008 11:33 AM

I meant to say Biden, obviously. This election has me upset.

Posted by kerri harrop | October 7, 2008 11:34 AM

Obama-McCain. Now there's a ticket!

Posted by w7ngman | October 7, 2008 11:38 AM


'Dogs and cats, living together!'

Everyone's a little on edge. At least I haven't started dreaming about erotic cakes shaped like McCain going to the bathroom yet.

Actually a little relieved to not be watching the debates tonight.

Posted by jackie treehorn | October 7, 2008 11:39 AM

She's a divorce attorney. Her NOW chapter joined national NOW in slamming Kennedy for endorsing Obama over Clinton back in January. She's never donated a penny to Obama.

Posted by tomasyalba | October 7, 2008 11:39 AM

Tikkun Olam - attacking Sarah Palin for being a Christian Pig. As I've posted before Sandra Bernherd stated "Sarah Palin needs to be gang raped by black thugs".

As Jewish feminists it is our duty to join in the chorus demaning Sarah Palin be ganged raped. It is calling for justice.

Bigotry and intolerance of other people's opinions is what Sarah Palin is all about. She is not even a woman, she is a pig, so how can Sarah Palin be a feminist?

Posted by Issur | October 7, 2008 11:40 AM

The way things have been going lately, it's almost as if vaginas HAVE been revoked.

Anyone know where I can find me an ethical slut?

Posted by Frank Sinclair | October 7, 2008 11:43 AM


Call me.

Posted by jackie treehorn | October 7, 2008 11:50 AM

yeah, i'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that this lady's not gonna have a job pretty soon.

she cannot be serious calling sarah palin a feminist. that's like calling strom thurman a civil rights pioneer.

Posted by douglas | October 7, 2008 11:54 AM

She's a woman, and she's voting for Sarah Palin because she's a woman. It obviously doesn't matter to her what McCain/Palin's policy positions are.

Nobody said all feminists are smart.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 7, 2008 11:55 AM

OH SWEET. Issur's back, just in time for the election!

Posted by Garth | October 7, 2008 12:00 PM

Athlete, eh? Would that be lingerie football?

Posted by Gloria | October 7, 2008 12:10 PM

i read this today at the reclusive leftist - excuse me, reclusive "leftist." dr socks has been touting palin's feminism - excuse me, "feminism" - since her nomination was announced. you see, she is a mother who has a job outside the home. so she's like, totally feminist n' shit. welcome to 1972, ladies!

Posted by brandon | October 7, 2008 12:12 PM




Fire her now.

Posted by Fnarf | October 7, 2008 12:12 PM

california NOW website's server crashed. prolly under the weight of thousands o' indignant emails.

Posted by scary tyler moore | October 7, 2008 12:25 PM

lol, I didn't know someone made my mom the head of the NOW chapter in Los Angeles, although with the degree of passive racism in the white parts of greater L.A., it's not that surprising.

Posted by mackro mackro | October 7, 2008 12:26 PM

“Intellectual Honesty”? Is that republican double speak for “Party-line spewing spokes whore”?

Posted by moxietex | October 7, 2008 12:28 PM

Sometimes the people at NOW make it very hard to support them. Remember when they wanted to ban porn? I mean, stupid.

Posted by Vince | October 7, 2008 2:04 PM

@8: Issur, how many posts is this now from you about Mrs Palin ought to be gang-raped? Six, I believe ... ? Now there's a position that any feminist could agree with!

With supporters like that on one side, I can't say I'm surprised that Ms Mandell has come down on the other.

Posted by Seajay | October 7, 2008 2:22 PM

Just to clarify: NOW supports Obama/Biden.

California's NOW President, Patty Bellasalma, issued a statement that says, in part:

"The use of Shelly Mandell’s Los Angeles NOW title was apparently intended to mislead the public, and indeed has resulted in local television outlets and internet reports misstating that LA NOW has “endorsed” Sarah Palin or that she has a record of supporting women’s rights."

"As President of California NOW and as a member and officer of Los Angeles NOW, I can assure you that there is no local or state affiliate of NOW, including LA NOW, which endorses or supports the McCain/Palin ticket."

Posted by Irena | October 7, 2008 2:35 PM

Hilarious that the moron @21 doesn't even realize that Issur is a troll.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 7, 2008 3:52 PM

If there's anything less relevant than NOW, it's the Los Angeles chapter of NOW, headed up by a racist bitch.

Posted by Rich bitches with too much money. | October 7, 2008 4:31 PM

@23: thanks, I know a troll when I see one. But I recognise outstanding achievement in any field. Just my way of commenting on this one's singular loudness and stridency.

Posted by Seajay | October 7, 2008 7:50 PM

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