Palin 2016; Because She’s Hot

In an Op-Ed piece published in the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Allen suggests that Sarah Palin would be the perfect presidential candidate in 2016. According to Allen, Palin is the “cure” for the GOP. Why, you ask? Because Palin has it all: “She’s hot, she’s blue collar, she’s electable.”

Not only did Allen reduce a female political candidate to her physical appearance, but she has asserted that, in order to be a viable and successful political candidate, you must also be physically attractive and desirable. How often do we expect this of male political candidates?

Allen continues her sexist rant when she compares Palin’s to another prominent female
politician—Hillary Clinton.

“Furthermore, looks count in politics, and Palin at age 48, has it all over her possible competition, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will be 69 by election day 2016 and who let someone talk her into adopting the flowing blond locks of a college student, making her look like Brunnhilde in a small-town Wagner production. Men love Sarah Palin, and she loves men.”

Once again—a woman’s appearance is being scrutinized at a level that a man’s never is. Also, by highlighting the age difference, Allen is further pushing the message that youth is a necessary qualification. Allen believes that the solution for the GOP is Sarah Palin because she is “the new Ronald Reagan”—too bad Allen didn’t check to see that Ronald Reagan was elected at the age of 69.

It is unfortunate that Allen promotes Palin at the expense of another female presidential hopeful. Her sexist remarks regarding both candidates are disturbing and contribute to an already thoroughly toxic political environment for women.


Published by Kate McCarthy on 11/19/2012

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