At Robbing America, John Galt finds Jessica Valenti's WaPo rant, "The Fake Feminism of Sarah Palin," to be a "Highly entertaining piece":
This pretentious psycho-babble pseudo intellectual mumbo-jumbo incoherent tirade and verbal version of a chicken-without-a-head attack on Sarah Palin has the unusual reward of being a festival of misallocated terminology and leaving Palin with an awesome repartee of intellectual qualities we did not know even existed.Whereas Galt ridicules Valenti, at NRO's The Corner, Carrie Lukas deconstructs her argument:
Ms. Valenti says, “it isn’t [Palin’s feminism] a structural analysis of patriarchal norms, power dynamics or systemic inequities”. Wow, and we thought that Palin was a straight forward old conservative that simply arouses good old traditional hate from ‘fellow travelers’.
Feministing’s Jessica Valenti has a new op-ed in the Washington Post, and she has decreed that to qualify as a feminist one must believe that American women are oppressed.Feminism lost its way when adhering to the leftist politcal agenda became more important to feminists than empowering women. The more the feminist left uses abortion and gay marriage as litmus tests for feminists, the more irrelevant it becomes. Sarah Palin and her mama grizzlies represent the new feminism. Out with the old!
Valenti doesn’t explain why she thinks those of us on the right are wrong when we argue that American women are doing pretty well. She merely argues that we inappropriately co-opt the language of feminism when making our case.