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Advice to Feminist Ceiling Breakers

By on 9.15.08 | 10:25AM

Some excellent advice by dissident feminist Camille Paglia in the Sunday Times. And note the feminists' howling response:

In the US, the ultimate glass ceiling has been fiendishly complicated for women. Our president must also serve as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, so a woman candidate for president must show a potential capacity for military affairs and decision-making. As a dissident feminist, I have been arguing for 20 years that young American women aspiring to political power should be studying military history rather than women's studies with their rote agenda of never-ending grievances.

The gun-toting Palin is a brash ambassador from America's pioneer past. She immediately reminded me of the frontier women of the western states, which first granted women the right to vote after the civil war - long before the federal amendment guaranteeing universal suffrage was passed in 1919. Frontier women faced the same harsh challenges and had to tackle the same chores as men, which is why men could regard them as equals - unlike the genteel, corseted ladies of the eastern seaboard… Feminism, which should be about equal rights and equal opportunity, should not be a closed club requiring an ideological litmus test for membership.

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