Life News: PDS explained

The shameless Palinoids at Life News take a whack at explaining why so many women dislike Sarah Palin (a phenomenon known to some as “Palin Derangement Syndrome), and you better be sitting down, because surprise! — it’s teh abortions, stupid!:

Many women chose the birth control route, delaying marriage and childbirth well into their thirties and even forties. Their biological clocks ticked away and they sacrificed the most fertile time in their lives for career advancement and what they thought would be true happiness.

Some, when faced with an unplanned pregnancy they believed would interfere with their careers, chose the abortion route. They sacrificed the life of their unborn child for their own personal career advancement.

Now enter Sarah Palin, a woman with a husband, children and a high-profile career. Yes, this hockey Mom went from school board, to mayor, to governor to a vice presidential candidate! And her own unplanned pregnancy ended not in the hands of an abortionist, but in the loving embrace of the Palin family.

Now when the women who sacrificed motherhood either by abortion or birth control look at Sarah, they can’t stand her, even if they can’t explain why. Because she was able to have a family and a career, they see her as having the best of both worlds. They see, in this confident, self-possessed, accomplished woman, surrounded by a loving family, everything they gave up.

The fact that people feel so strongly about Palin either way is kind of inexplicable anyway, since she’s relatively mediocre in the overall scheme of things… just another opportunistic hack with a brain like a turkey on crack.   But there’s no doubt she inspires strong feelings on both sides of the political divide.

However, Life News is really testing the bounds of reality with their psychobabblish little theory.   Many of the women who dislike Palin have families and careers, whether they have an abortion in their past or not.  Further, a Rasmussen poll last August showed that given the choice of Palin and Hillary Clinton as president, 59% of women would choose Clinton, another “has it all” type female.  And though Palin’s overall favourables are on the rise of late, there’s still a significant gender gap.   No, Life News, it’s not them, it’s her.

It’s probably something as simple as this: by dragging her family into the presidential campaign, she just made the working mom gig look a little too easy.  That might not sit well with those real-life, non-millionaire working mothers who know it’s anything but.

UPDATE: Hitch, you’ve got “post-abortive syndrome”!  Seek help!

(via right wing watch)

30 Responses to “Life News: PDS explained”


  1. 1 Dr. Prole Monday, December 7, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Having quit in the middle of every job we’ve known her to have in the political arena, she actually gives women in politics a bad name.

    Do these demented people actually think I dislike Palin so much because she didn’t have an abortion?! Guess what, I DON’T CARE! Because it’s none of my damn business what anyone else does with their reproductive life, just like it’s none of their business what I do with mine. Whether she continued her pregnancy with that cute little what’s-his-name or not makes absolutely no difference to me.

    I intensely dislike her fake Brainerd, Minnesota accent and her fauxsy “Can I call ya Joe?” golly gosh public mannerisms.

    I hate that she would deny me the rights that she herself and her teenage unmarried daughter enjoy.

    I hate her track record as a politician, the many ethics investigations, Orwellian doublespeak, and I hate the deal with the Alaska natural gas pipeline that was touted as being for American energy independence but actually is slated to dump it all straight into the tar sands so the most environmentally devastating project on earth can continue.

    She was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it, yo.

    I hate that she poses all cutesy in her shorts (with an American flag improperly slung over a chair) and then her supporters accuse Newsweek of sexism when they put it on the cover.

    She accuses Obama of being a socialist, but she made the private oil companies pay cash to the people of Alaska. Funny that, eh?

    I could go on and on, but my PDS really has nothing to do with her family.

  2. 2 brebis noire Monday, December 7, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    What I intensely dislike about Palin is that she overshadows serious women in politics with her celebrity aura and perky pentecostal populism. I have a career in a profession, and I also have kids. But I don’t confuse the two, and I’d be ridiculous and dangerous if I thought my motherhood skills were all I needed to be a competent professional.

    If Palin wants to be a celebritician, I guess she’s proved herself qualified for that role. In the current political context, you can’t really stop people from being dazzled by her faux-political reality show, but that’s more of a sad commentary on the state of things than evidence of Palin’s real or potential influence.

  3. 3 deBeauxOs Monday, December 7, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Mmmm. Pancakes.

    Or even better.

    Mmmm. Waffles.

  4. 4 JJ Monday, December 7, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Dr.Prole – Heh — indeed. Since Lifenews seems to think that women are jealous of Palin’s ‘havin it all’ lifestyle, I stuck with that theme, and what might piss off working mothers about her. But there are all kinds of reasons she doesn’t appeal to women, even apart from the anti-choice thing.

    I knew I wasn’t going to like her as soon as she gave that first speech at the GOP convention. I thought it was extremely arrogant of her to run down Obama — very unseemly even for an experienced VP candidate to do that, but especially one who at that point was such a neophyte. A little humility would have gone a long way.

    Then as time went on, it only got worse: the fake-o “golly, bumdiggedy, darn” bullshit, the moronic winking and flirting — ewww. NOT a good role model for women in politics.

    And her wolf-kill policies are obscene. Also, as you mentioned, it was just too rich for her to denigrate Obama by calling him a socialist when she forced oil companies to pay a tax to “spread the wealth” to Alaskans. (Not that I see that policy as a particularly bad thing, but don’t act like it’s not socialism. It’s the epitome of socialism.)

    And just her overall dumbness & arrogance & pandering to the worst elements in the GOP. I’ve said before that I thought she might not be as dumb as people think, but I’m starting to rethink that a little… she seems to be getting dumber as time goes by. Not all of that can be an act.

  5. 5 JJ Monday, December 7, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    brebis – Good point. If I had to guess at what her future goals are, I wouldn’t necessarily rule out politics, but I think she’d be more into just being a celebrity. More money, more adoration, less work… I wouldn’t blame her.

    Her celebrity status is already more or less established, and it will continue to escalate until 2012, when people find out she won’t be running for Pres. By that time, I expect she’ll have a talk show on Fox.

    We should have a pool about it. Consider the possibilities and place our bets! 😆

  6. 6 Mrs. Bitch Monday, December 7, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I hate Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, too. Is that due to penis envy?

    This is absolutely a riot. Who the hell would want to be the biggest laughingstock in the United States?

    Sniffle…I’m so jealous of her and her humiliating, failed bid for VP and her trailer-park-trash family saga… why, oh why can’t I be like Sarah Palin???

    Can I play? Mmmmm. Baclava.

  7. 7 Reality Bites Monday, December 7, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Mrs Bitch, it might be penis envy if they weren’t both dickless.

  8. 8 JJ Monday, December 7, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    deBeauxOs – the guy who did that painting has a whole gallery of pictures of people with pancakes on their heads.

  9. 9 JJ Monday, December 7, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Mrs. B – Only a fetus fetishist could come up with some weird abortion-related psychobabble to explain why people don’t like Palin. It would never occur to them that it might just be because she’s, well, unlikeable… God, they’re dumber than a bag of brain-dead hammers.

  10. 10 JJ Monday, December 7, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Hey RB, did you hear about the Glenn Beck movie that opened last week? It’s called “The Christmas Sweater” *heave* and it sold 17 tickets in NYC! Not bad, eh? 😆 Trailer here (Warning: he cries)

  11. 11 Torontonian Monday, December 7, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Why is it that a religion has the adoration of Mary as
    one of its cornerstones of faith also chooses to demean
    all womanhood over these many centuries?

  12. 12 Reality Bites Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 3:51 am

    But look at what they adore Mary for. Not really for anything she said, thought or did, but for giving birth after being forcibly impregnated.

  13. 13 brebis noire Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 3:56 am

    “I knew I wasn’t going to like her as soon as she gave that first speech at the GOP convention.”

    I knew I wasn’t going to like her even before she gave that speech. She was too good to be true, from a Repug POV, like a robo-candidate. Reality turned out to be more entertaining, as her family values were a bit more, um, colourful than initially presented.
    And then I started right away to worry about her kids in the spotlight.

  14. 14 Shade Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 4:24 am

    “I’ve said before that I thought she might not be as dumb as people think, but I’m starting to rethink that a little… she seems to be getting dumber as time goes by. Not all of that can be an act.”

    If you’re right about the acting JJ Palin missed her true calling, she should be an actress not a politician.

    Personally I think maybe some of it is but then again most politicians probably do some acting to different degrees.

  15. 15 Bina Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 8:45 am

    But look at what they adore Mary for. Not really for anything she said, thought or did, but for giving birth after being forcibly impregnated.

    That, and submitting with a simper.

    At least MY goddesses have spines…

  16. 16 Bina Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Shade, she originally wanted to be a TV anchorwoman. As you can see, she failed at that, too.

  17. 17 JJ Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Torontonian – They only choose to demean those women who refuse to demean themselves.

  18. 18 JJ Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 11:24 am

    RB

    But look at what they adore Mary for. Not really for anything she said, thought or did, but for giving birth after being forcibly impregnated.

    Bingo.

  19. 19 JJ Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 11:27 am

    brebis – Yeah, I was a bit leery of her as soon as I heard about the religiosity and her backwards attitude towards abortion. I mean, UGH. But, what can you expect from the GOP? They couldn’t pick a moderate, McCain was already too moderate for the base.

  20. 20 JJ Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Shade – I’m sure they all put on acts to varying degrees, but usually not quite that extreme. Although, I guess there was Georgie with his fake-o Texas accent and fake-o “regular guy” persona… same category as Palin, really. A lot of it is fake, but I thought maybe the stupidity was an act too, and now I’m thinking maybe not. She does seem to be a blithering idiot every time she opens her mouth.

  21. 21 JJ Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Bina – I don’t think it’s any coincidence that they have such a fucked up attitude towards women, when that is their ideal female.

  22. 22 mouthyorange Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    “They only choose to demean those women who refuse to demean themselves.”

    THAT is a brilliantly expressed thing. I am going to quote you on that.

  23. 23 J. A. Baker Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Not really for anything she said, thought or did, but for giving birth after being forcibly impregnated.

    <Fetus Fetishist>Hey, the Holy Spirit got horny – it couldn’t help itself! Besides, Mary was asking for it, the little skank biscuit!</Fetus Fetishist>

  24. 24 RealityBites Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I personally give great credit to Mary if she existed – at a time when premarital pregnancy could be a death sentence, she was clever and resourceful enough to con a bunch of idiots into believing she was pregnant not with Joseph’s baby, but the son of God.

    In a more enlightened time, of course, she would have simply had an abortion, which, let’s face it, most fundamentalists would have preferred worshipping to Jesus anyway.

  25. 25 mouthyorange Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    RB – “… which, let’s face it, most fundamentalists would have preferred worshipping to Jesus anyway.”

    (side-holding, screaming, rolling-on-floor-with laughter icon)
    How do you do it!

  26. 26 JJ Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Mouthorange – Why thank you *curtsies*

  27. 27 JJ Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    JAB – Mary tempted it by, oh I don’t know, by existing. So it’s her fault for, you know, being there.

  28. 28 JJ Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    RB

    In a more enlightened time, of course, she would have simply had an abortion, which, let’s face it, most fundamentalists would have preferred worshipping to Jesus anyway.

    😆 😆 😆

    But it’s true!

  29. 29 Reality Bites Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Mouthy – I’ve thought forever that Mary was clever to come up with that story and Joseph was a pretty cool dude for backing her up on it, since he knew better.

    It wasn’t until I was writing that down here, in the shadow of the foetishists, that the other stuff occurred to me.

  30. 30 J. A. Baker Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Mary tempted it by, oh I don’t know, by existing. So it’s her fault for, you know, being there.

    You know, the rape apologists and fetus fetishists (but I repeat myself) would be so funny if their infinite assholery weren’t such a deadly serious menace to society.


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