Eve On Sarah [As It Were]

September 18, 2008 at 8:49 pm (News & Politics)

 Eve Ensler, the American playwright, performer, feminist and activist 
> best known for “The Vagina Monologues”, wrote the following about Sarah 
> Palin: 

> Drill, Drill, Drill 

> I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. I dreamt last night that she was a 
> member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of 
> drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a particular 
> thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it’s their snowy whiteness or their 
> bigness 
> or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have never seen one 
> in person or touched one. Maybe it is the fact that they live so 
> comfortably on ice. Whatever it is, I need the polar bears. 

> I don’t like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life 
> trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against 
> them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the Sarah 
> Palin 
> choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people who made this 
> choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists. 

> But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to 
> Feminism which for me is part of one story — connected to saving the 
> earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, 
> opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war. 

> I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is one of the most dangerous 
> choices of my lifetime, and should this country chose those candidates 
> the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so vast in so many areas 
> that America may never recover. But what is equally disturbing is the 
> impact that duo would have on the rest of the world. Unfortunately, 
> this 
> is not a joke. In my lifetime I have seen the clownish, the inept, the 
> bizarre be elected to the presidency with regularity. 

> Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution. I take this as a metaphor. 
> In 
> her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets 
> better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting 
> of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution 
> and rise of cancers, are all part of God’s plan. She is fighting to 
> take 
> the polar bears off the endangered species list. The earth, in Palin’s 
> view, is here to be taken and plundered. The wolves and the bears are 
> here to be shot and plundered. The oil is here to be taken and 
> plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she said herself 
> of the Iraqi war, “It was a task from God.” 

> Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion. She does not believe women 
> who 
> are raped and in cested and ripped open against their will should have a 
> right to determine whether they have their rapist’s baby or not. 

> She obviously does not believe in sex education or birth control. I 
> imagine her daughter was practicing abstinence and we know how many 
> babies that makes. 

> Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. From what I gather she 
> has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense 
> with 
> people who think independently. She cannot tolerate an environment of 
> ambiguity and difference. 

> This is a woman who could and might very well be the next president of 
> the United States . She would govern one of the most diverse populations 
> on the earth. 

> Sarah believes in guns. She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle. 
> She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds 
> of wolves f rom the air. 

> Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. 
> But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is 
> declared in God’s name, when the rights of women are denied in his 
> name, 
> that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of 
> everything America has ever tried to be. 

> I write to my sisters. I write because I believe we hold this election 
> in our hands. This vote is a vote that will determine the future not 
> just of the U.S. , but of the planet. It will determine whether we 
> create 
> policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. 
> It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the 
> world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and 
> attack. It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal 
> burning o r invest our money in alternatives that will free us from 
> dependency and destruction. It will determine if money gets spent on 
> education and healthcare or whether we build more and more methods of 
> killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant 
> society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression. 

> If the Polar Bears don’t move you to go and do everything in your power 
> to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the hall after 
> Palin spoke at the RNC, “Drill Drill Drill.” I think of teeth when I 
> think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of 
> domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless 
> repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or 
> dissent. 
> I think of pain. 

> Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor 
> of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations 
> and 
> peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life? 

> Eve Ensler 
> September 5, 2008 
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