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November 07, 2008

That word does not mean what you think it means...

Palin fires back at leaks questioning her smarts

"She also described accusations that she spent exorbitant amounts of money on clothes for the campaign as "sexist.""

...and you need to quit using it inaccurately.

Posted by lisa at November 07, 2008 09:23 PM


Interesting. Could you explain a little more? I looked up the definition online and thought, "Oh, I see what Lisa means." Then I thought, "But wait a minute, I think Palin's use could still be correct." And then... "Oh darn, I just can't figure it out."

Posted by: Phil on November 8, 2008 12:37 AM

i think she's trying to frame that accusation (which turned out to be true, according to Newsweek, and not just something that McCain staffers were saying about her to make her look bad) to deflect inquiry into her behavior. if she succeeds in painting it as a sexist accusation it becomes an untouchable subject.

while yes, there is a negative stereotype of women shopping excessively, especially for things like clothes, the fact is that it appears that she actually did that.

to me this is very different from the sexist comments about clinton in the primary-- referring to her as the wicked witch of the west, or "the democratic party's psycho ex-girlfriend". for palin to dismiss it as sexist in an attempt to weasel out of discussing it infuriates me.

Posted by: lisa on November 12, 2008 09:44 AM

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