Sexism and Sarah Palin

Those looking to stir up Hillary supporters into a lather over sexism are barking up the wrong tree.

Published September 4, 2008 7:50PM (EDT)

When in the course of history we have firsts, or in this case seconds, like Sarah Palin's historic candidacy for vice president, it is vital that we monitor the prejudices and biases revealed by the ways in which these groundbreaking people and moments are discussed. But just as vital as pointing out sexism is pointing out criticism that is not at all sexist, and keeping Palin's boosters from bastardizing feminism in such a way that it loses meaning.

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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