Although I wrote this post for Canada Free Press nearly two years ago, its message is still relevant. I happened to share it in the Palin-West 2012 Facebook group, and it seemed to resonate with so many of the members there, including the group’s founder, Stephen Maloney. I continue to encounter some women today who cannot offer a logical reason as to why they object to Sarah Palin so strongly, other than the usual media lies and propaganda. Even after clarifying her record and accomplishments, many are still not moved to compliment her, much less support her for President.
I am thoroughly convinced that for far too many people, their votes are based on subjective and deeply held emotion more than any consideration of a candidate’s philosophy, platform, experience and successes. And sadly, one of the human frailties that manifests itself within the female gender is good old-fashioned jealousy:
So what really gives with Sarah Palin’s female critics?
Good old-fashioned jealousy, and nothing more. Despite the popular myths, not all women support each other in sisterly solidarity. And all across the political spectrum there are females who despise Sarah Palin simply because she is the embodiment of beauty and brains.
When I was in high school, there were female classmates who absolutely hated me, whether they knew me personally or not. Since my father was a doctor, they immediately dismissed me as a “spoiled rich girl” and in spite of obvious evidence to the contrary, nothing was going to change their minds. Everything I did—e.g. inviting them over for pool parties, helping with English homework—was perceived as somehow “showing off” my family’s alleged “excessive” wealth, and/or my own intelligence.
With some critics, you just can’t win, so the best you can do is keep living your life according to your own standards. In Sarah Palin’s case, she did go back to tending to the business of Alaska once the election was over, and quite well, I might add, since her state is one of the most fiscally solvent in the country.
But back to the jealousy point: sadly, many never grow out of the immaturity of adolescence, thus the palpable female-on-female disdain for a woman who in a sane world, would be lauded as a role-model for her gender. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Please visit the CFP site to read the whole thing.