I Like Polar Bears Too, Eve

Eve Ensler, vagina warrior and creator of V-Day, loves empowerment. She loves seeing strong woman setting bold examples for us all. Sarah Palin ain’t one of those women. The fabulous America playwright, performer, feminist and activist best known for “The Vagina  Monologues” tells us why…

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?

Published in The Huffington Post, 9/8/08

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2 responses to “I Like Polar Bears Too, Eve

  1. Jeff

    Try doing some actual research next time. If you had then you would have possibly run into the truth about each of the points made in the paragraphs of lies that Eve wrote.

    Regarding the war and God Quote:

    “Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do also what is right for this country — that our leaders, our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure we are praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan. ”
    -The crucial pointis that she didn’t assert that the Iraq War is a ‘task that is from God’; rather, she prayed that it would turn out that it is. Expressing the hope that something will turn out to be true is entirely different from asserting it. Plus she was quoting Abraham Lincoln: Politifact.com characterizes Sarah Palin’s paraphrase as “not far from Lincoln’s sentiment,” which the website traces back to Francis B. Carpenter’s 1867 book, Six Months at the White House with Abraham Lincoln, page 282:
    No nobler reply ever fell from the lips of a ruler, than that uttered by President Lincoln in response to the clergyman who ventured to say, in his presence, that he hoped “the Lord was on our side.”

    “I am not at all concerned about that,” replied Mr. Lincoln, “for I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord’s side.”

    Regarding Polar Bears:

    http://www.friendsofscience.org/assets/documents/FOS%20Essay/Taylor-Polar_Bears.html

    http://www.american.com/archive/2008/may-05-08/are-polar-bears-really-an-endangered-species/?searchterm=polar%20bears

    Most of the essay is based on items which had been made up by a blogger as a joke:

    http://unbearablebobness.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/08/governor-sarah-palin-quotes.html

    One last thing. Anyone with half a brain could simply look up Alaska’s hunting regulatiosn and they would see that the hunting program endorsed by Palin is for the conservation and health of the animal population. If you do not understand how our country manages wildlife populations through hunting and fishing programs then you need to do some research before firing off your mouth about needless killing. Proper wildlife management ensures that certain species will not go extinct. To get a real sense of what Palin thinks about hunting just read her statements in the front section of the Alaskan Hunting Regulations Book.

    See page 3: http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/regulations/pdfs/general.pdf

    I have listed just a few examples of the lack of actual research done by Eve Ensler. Please help stop the use of propoganda by spreading these and other lies about all of the candidates running. We deserve the truth, not an inaccurate picture when it comes time to vote.

  2. saycheeseworld

    Hmm, well thanks for the share, but try having less of an attitude next time.

    This is one woman’s opinion. She has the right to one just as you do. Her statements were not asserted to be fact. She is exactly what I billed her as: America playwright, performer, feminist and activist. Nowhere did I say scientist, tiger.

    Sharing information is one thing, but with attacks like this one, you’re not inspiring anyone to listen. I agree with you that spreading truth is important, but you’ll attract more flies with honey than vinegar any day.

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