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Eve Ensler says…

Tammy September 13, 2008 6 comments

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 incested 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 from 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 or 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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    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    September 14, 2008
    Tammy

    Thanks for sharing this. I needed to read it tonight. Eve Ensler for president, maybe?

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    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    September 14, 2008
    Tammy

    I just stumbled across your blog following threads. Had this conversation many times over the past few weeks and as recently as an hour ago.

    I am with you 100% on all the insidious and blatant inconsistencies, the token pick of a Republican Goddess to slap at Obama for not choosing Hillary, and the half-told and embellished tales of daring-do. I know about Palin's blood lust to shoot wolves from airplanes with a high-powered rifle and her drive to remove polar bears off of the endangered species list. Both of these are very 'sporting' of her.

    What scares me the most is that his woman with an itchy trigger finger is number 2 in line to a 70 y.o. man with a history of cancer and other health issues, a volatile temper and who's the quintessential insider.

    I hope people wise up and look behind the curtain on this one.

    Blessings,
    Dina

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    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    September 14, 2008
    Tammy

    I am so afraid that people are going to believe the lies of McCain and Palin. I am so afraid that they will win the election. All I can think of is The Handmaid's Tale. Oy.

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    September 16, 2008
    Tammy

    It's not right that people like Sarah Palin are allowed to voice their opinion in public, private or anywhere else for that matter. Why? Because other people with brains that are small, uninformed, or in some cases deformed, or for people who are not able to think with their own minds for any reason, or people who treat the whole voting situation as a joke and vote for idiots just because they can, may take what Sarah has to say, as the gospel truth.
    Amen sister and let the good book shine on through! God bless us everyone!
    Scary isn't it?
    Sad too!
    Being a Canadian means that whether I like it or not, I am indirectly
    affected by whoever rules the USA.
    We had a woman Prime Minister once. That whole disaster lasted 5 minutes too many. She put most of the females in this country back in the kitchen with no shoes. We are still digging our way out of that fiasco.
    It will be a very long time before another woman is taken seriously in Canada. And all because of one woman.
    I pray with all my heart that Sarah Palin never gets into a true position of power.
    I hope that the citizens of the USA use the brains God (or whatever or whoever they believe in) gave them and realize that Sarah Palin is not who she would have them believe she is.
    All of you in the USA have my sympathy with having her in the running!
    We can only hope that there are a lot of smart and informed US citizens that don't wear rose coloured glasses when they are at the polls.

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    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    September 17, 2008
    Tammy

    Thank you for sharing this, it is so well spoken.
    And true….
    Hopefully, many women will find it.

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    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    September 17, 2008
    Tammy

    An amazing, thoughtful post…And I couldn't agree more. The McCain/Palin ticket scares the hell out of me… I hope they don't take over the White House! This partnership will set back the country big time and leave a wake of mess…As an American living aboard, my heart weeps for what is happening in the USA. I look forward to casting my absentee ballot for the Dems. and their vision of hope and change. I just hope my fellow voter at home and abroard wake up and make a wise choice for country! Thanks for spreading the word, Tammy :o)

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