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Shaenon K. Garrity
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Dear Editors of Time Magazine: 
4th-Oct-2008 03:47 pm
After reading Belinda Luscombe's article Why Some Women Hate Sarah Palin, I will not be renewing my subscription to TIME. It was illuminating to learn that Luscombe and TIME believe the only reason I, as a woman, could dislike a female politician--a politician who is laughably inarticulate and ill-informed, has almost no credentials, and seems have entered politics only to punish her enemies, give her friends cushy jobs, and curtail her fellow citizens' freedoms--is because I'm a catty overgrown schoolgirl who hates how gosh-darn pretty she is, you betcha. Thanks for letting me know that you feel women are incapable of forming opinions about candidates based on their positions and public behavior rather than how they wear their hair. Were I to continue to read your magazine, I'd look forward to the follow-up article opining that men who vote against Obama are just jealous of his adorable ears.

Given TIME's low opinion of me and other women, my opinion of TIME is currently unprintable. I'm sure I can find another magazine more deserving of my subscription.

Shaenon K. Garrity
4th-Oct-2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Reading it I can almost think she's trying to write something satirical. But if so she manages to completely miss the mark...

Edited at 2008-10-05 08:13 am (UTC)
4th-Oct-2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
You go, girl.
4th-Oct-2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
I cannot believe that this is really real and that TIME really published it. Remarkable in every sense.

4th-Oct-2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
I hate Sarah Palin for the following reasons:

In Alaska...
John McCain.
5th-Oct-2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
I hate her for all of those, plus "nucular."
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4th-Oct-2008 11:44 pm (UTC)

How is the way she wears her hair have anything to do with what kind of politician she is? Should I not vote for Obama because his hair is short and curly? yeah...perfect logic there.
5th-Oct-2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
There's a belief that female politicians are judged by "haircut, hemline, and husband. It's not completely untrue.
4th-Oct-2008 11:58 pm (UTC) - Fail
Completely missed the satire mark there...
That just... wow... I never knew I hated her not because I disagreed with her politics but because she's 'confident and prettier than me'...
Epic Fail, Time magazine. Epic Fail.
5th-Oct-2008 12:06 am (UTC)
I don't know. I accuse her of something worse: trying to be funny and failing spectacularly.
5th-Oct-2008 01:42 am (UTC)

Although I do think Luscombe was attempting a humorous tone, it seems like her central point is exactly what it seems to be: women who don't support Gov. Palin are just jealous because she's prettier and more popular than they are. I don't think she's being ironic about that, unless it's a much drier irony than I've ever seen in a mainstream publication.
5th-Oct-2008 12:10 am (UTC)
That article is disgusting. Thank you for writing that letter to TIME.
5th-Oct-2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Try The Week.
5th-Oct-2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Don't forget that the only reason that Ms. Palin was even on the ticket was that the Republicans think us women will vote for ANY woman, just because she's female, because of Hilary.
5th-Oct-2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Oops. I should read first, comment later, and save the pixels. :)
5th-Oct-2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Whatever point she was trying to make seems lost in the translation to the page. Good for you to write to TIME. There are a lot of very insightful comments on the Digg pages.
5th-Oct-2008 01:39 am (UTC)
It's kind of like how Palin herself only sees fit to address me as a woman by assuming I have kids and they play sports. Because obviously I base my entire vote on a single aspect of my complex identity. Oh, wait. I don't even have kids. Guess that means I won't be voting.

I will not be purchasing TIME again, either.
5th-Oct-2008 01:46 am (UTC)
ohjeez, is it bad if I dislike her even more now because of reading that article?
reminds me of a quote from the Stranger in an article they had a while back the interviewee had said "my honest opinion is unprintable" to which the reporter had quipped "wanna bet?"
5th-Oct-2008 02:03 am (UTC)
I'm torn--as a man, am I supposed to go punch one of the Time editors in the face over this, or just set fire to a pile of their magazines? Decisions, decisions.

This is the part that really seals the deal, IMO:

They loathe — deeply, richly, sustainingly. I do not say this to disparage my gender; women also love in more or less the same way.

"Don't get me wrong--I'm not saying that women are just hateful! No, they're hysterical along the entire spectrum of emotion!"
5th-Oct-2008 02:14 am (UTC)
I like the "Sponsored Link" at the bottom with the headline "I had high blood pressure." Apparently at least one ad copywriter read the article too.
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