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Palin v. Letterman

June 16, 2009 | NeW Staff

Women from all walks have been speaking out in response to the recent attacks on conservative women. From the Playboy “hate-sex” article to David Letterman’s inappropriate jokes pointed at 14-year-old Willow Palin, conservative women, and women in general, have many reasons take offense. Regardless of whether or not Letterman’s recent Palin comments were just a lame attempt at comedy or if he actually meant those jokes to be about 18-year-old Bristol Palin, making crude remarks about young women is disrespectful and a formal apology is appropriate. It has been refreshing to see unlikely women defend the Palin family. Respectfully, NOW spoke out against the late night funny man:

“Comedians in search of a laugh should really know better than to snicker about men having sex with teenage girls (or young women) less than half their age. The sexualization of girls and women in the media is reaching new lows these days — it is exploitative and has a negative effect on how all women and girls are perceived and how they view themselves.”

It is nice to know that some things do not have to be partisan. As women, certain attacks are unacceptable regardless of where we stand ideologically, and we should be wiling to defend each other. Letterman’s comments about the Palin daughters, and the governor herself, are proof that it drives the media crazy that no attack on the Governor has truly, “done the trick.” The media continues its attempts to break Palin down, but she is as resilient as ever. I think Rush Limbaugh is right, Palin is still a threat, the left knows it and is scared, and they are not going to back down. I think we can all agree, not much scares Sarah Palin and she is not backing down anytime soon.

-Caroline

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