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Palin Was A Feminist Before She Wasn’t

By Amanda Terkel on October 24, 2008 at 1:11 pm

"Palin Was A Feminist Before She Wasn’t"

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Yesterday in her interview with NBC, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) told NBC’s Brian Williams that she rejected the “label” of being called a feminist:

WILLIAMS: Governor, are you a feminist?

PALIN: I’m not going to label myself anything, Brian. And I think that’s what annoys a lot of Americans, especially in a political campaign, is to start trying to label different parts of America, different backgrounds, different — I’m not going to put a label on myself.

But in the past, Palin has been more than willing to tout her feminist credentials. From a Sept. 30 interview with CBS’s Katie Couric:

COURIC: Do you consider yourself a feminist?

PALIN: I do. A feminist who believes in equal rights.

Palin then went on to talk about her upbringing — “I’ve been brought up in a family where gender hasn’t been an issue” — and how her feminist “started with that.” Watch the two appearances:

So basically, Palin isn’t willing to call herself a feminist when in the room with two men (Williams and McCain) but is more than happy to do so when talking with another woman (Couric). As Rachel Maddow commented on her MSNBC show yesterday, “Why was that horrible label OK last month, but now it’s horrible? Has it been a bad month for labels, Sarah the maverick?”

More here on Palin’s decidedly anti-feminist positions.

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