Excerpts from Eve Ensler, from way back in September of 2008 -- featured in The Huffington Post.
"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." by EVE
If EVE was truly smart, she would read GOING ROGUE by SARAH; and discover for herself just how much of a true, blue, red-blooded conservationist SARAH really is. Alaskans are born in tune to the earth, respecting all of it's inhabitants, and using our God given resources wisely; it's not a fad or a political agenda, it is a way of life. by G
"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."
As one raging woman rages on about another...Again, I would rush to point out GOING ROGUE is a must read for you, EVE, as there you will find how the real SARAH lives -- real feminists don't need to rage on about inequality, they just go to work; real feminists have worked men's jobs in Alaska for hundreds of years and through generations -- fishing, the pipe line, and actively participating in the needs of community and civility and society long before you were born. It is one of her Alaskan native in-law's, A WOMAN, highlighted in her book, who started a fishing company before it was cool and still works it today -- in her nineties. But all of your anti-violence stuff, your V-Day .org, sounds like a good thing and for that I applaud you -- and I'm sure SARAH would too.
"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."
TOLERANCE? really, EVE?
And is that empowering all women, or just liberals, I'm confused?
Open your mind, EVE, and let your own words of wisdom sink in, will you? How can you preach the anti-violence mantra when every word out of your mouth is all about the attack and annihilation of someone who simply is different than you --- why so vicious? It is so unbecoming.
"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."
Now that's funny. no joke.
"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."
Again, you speak like you actually know her, EVE, and yet the real ignorance is found in you (of course, I say that without really knowing YOU myself, oh the irony) Earth to EVE, many of us do not believe in the Global Warming Hoax -- even, dare I say, real scientists. The Global Warming issue is a political tool to redistribute wealth and to line the pockets of people like Gore and Soros and Moore, to name a few. Now quite the contrary, do we need responsible legislation and regulation and rehabilitation and conservation to the resources here on this beautiful earth? Always and forever. Do we have to destroy America in the process -- absolutely not.
"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."
Because so many babies are conceived from rapists...do your research, EVE. Interesting to note, the highest proportion of abortions come from the over 22 age bracket, and many of these are smart women who simple made foolish choices by accident, and who can easily afford to drop a few hundred bucks to get rid of the issue. How different is abortion than the likes of the killing of dolphins or grey whales or the white horned owl of some sort, is it simply because you can't see it? Are you that oblivious to the conception of a life force? But I digress, a woman's right to choose includes millions of women who choose life...it's a matter of principle that pro-choice'ers respect that choice and it's as simple as that.
"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."
Okay, perhaps you are the wrong person to discuss this kind of thing. First, you make all kinds of assumptions as if you have sat around the kitchen table with them all the time-- that's bold. As parents, we can't always control what our children ultimately do, now can we? Isn't that natural? I have trouble understanding how you, at the age of 23, could adopt a son who was already fifteen years old -- and who knew, Dylan McDermott, the actor, is your boy? Some day, over coffee, I would love to hear more about that.
"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."
You know, when you do all your research according to sound bites or bits of creative and adulterated journalism, this is what you get. Besides the fact that your sentences there need some work, it must be real difficult for you to watch a woman actually speak her own mind, go against the tide and even fire fellow republicans who are out of control, and turn the energy commission of Alaska upside down -- making fodder out of the disingenuous and corrupt good old boys network that wrecked havoc on the oil business and the environment; no wait, your a feminist, that's what you are supposed to like.
"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."
You must love watching reruns of MSNBC.
"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."
America has never "declared" war in "GOD's Name" you stupid woman -- ah oh, I think I'm letting you get under my skin. (This must be how you feel about SARAH.) But secondly, read your Constitution and America's Declaration of INDEPENDENCE; it's not too late. The context of both documents was written in stone to last for all of eternity -- God was not only a vital part of our early American history, GOD was the center of it and creator of all that surrounds us. Our forefathers, even the atheists, respected the Universal Creative Spirit and Almighty God above all else; and trusted this GOD to carry us and continue on as the cornerstone to our law, our land, our people and our freedom. By all appearances, you "learned" "evolved" "intellectuals" have it all backwards these days.
"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 health care 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."
NO COMMENT, sista; this is extreme feminism at it's best.
"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?"
Polar Bear population in the 1970's was about 5,000 -- bears were being killed to the point of extinction. Today, five times that are frolicking in the snow safely under guarded, well tooled regulation that conserves and reinforces natural growth and life, while in some areas, are seen to be actually thriving in population.
And what do you have to say to your King now? When he duly noted in his State of the Union address a couple of weeks ago, his commitment for developing clean coal, drilling for oil and nuclear energy -- along with other alternative energy solutions of course. He's your guy, now. It's not a SARAH saying it. It's your man -- the man -- the Anointed One -- not that you believe in Church and State.
The difficulty I seem to be having-- speaking to the prophet of the "anti-rage" who in turn found a way to rage against every action of a person, real or imagined, just because they think different than you or hold a different set of beliefs-- is trying to hold myself back from doing the very same thing.
I mean, those thoughts were over a year ago -- surely some things may have changed (besides all of the hope and change we have going around). But then again, maybe not.
We saw you on the Joy Behar Show.
Maybe it's because you consider talk show hosts smarter than the average bear; maybe it's just because running the state of Alaska's got nothing, according to you, as compared to those making disparaging remarks on The Huffington Post or writing an entire play encapsulating the lives of women talking out of their ya-ya's (as brilliant as that may be, and is) --
but it's a shame really. I think women like you give women a bad name.
I'm not understanding why we can't get along and simply have a conversation without the personal attacks; that is not being tolerant -- and it most certainly doesn't curtail the call to bear arms and go to war with one another -- can you say cat fat?
For me, that kind of behavior is the antithesis of being a true feminist -- a woman strong in her own soul, secure in her own self, and planted firmly in faith -- whatever that may be.
My guess is that you missed out on that softer side of being in your own skin, having been wrecked by a childhood that took away your innocence -- the rapture, the joy, the faith in all good things -- far too young. You "think of pain" because your pain runs deep; and you speak of it with every word you write, as a tumultuous monument to your past of the reckless actions of a father who harmed you.
From one woman to another, I can only hope you find your peace -- and in the meantime, just so you know, it doesn't really matter what YOU think of SARAH and all the talk shows in the world won't change that.
Make it a Good Day, G