Eve Ensler on Palin.

11 Sep

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 

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 
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

24 Responses to “Eve Ensler on Palin.”

  1. P Richardson September 12, 2008 at 12:44 am #

    Eve, your article on Palin is so full of misinformation you soaked up from the spinners and regurgitated as to make you just another mouthpiece for the left. It’s disappointing. Most of your points have already been debunked on CNN; and there not pro-Palin either. Please apologize to us. If you can’t stand Republican positions and values, then convince us yours are better. Since 80% of Alaskans like Palin and 20% of white woman have already shifted from Obama to McCain (CNN) since Palin’s addition to their ticket, you need to do a better job than hate speech. You and other liberals really sound scared. Stick to facts and convince us instead of doing what you claim to be against – negative campaigning.

  2. Fe September 12, 2008 at 2:04 pm #

    P Richardson, you don’t mention any facts that you say are debunked. So which misinformation do we get from Eve, or from you ?
    The fact that many women like Palin, does not make her small town views on world politics trustworthy.
    The fact that many women are shifting from Obama to Palin doesn’t make Palin the right choice.
    I have no nightmares, but yes, people like Palin, men or women, scare me because they have no self reflection. They simplify the world, they think they have all the answers. It os their gods plan! They can therefore rule the world!

  3. Pat Jennings September 13, 2008 at 9:37 pm #

    Incested is not a word.

  4. Pat Jennings September 13, 2008 at 10:05 pm #

    Does Eve Ensler know how to write? I feel less intelligent for having read this.

  5. ARS September 14, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

    Hey P Richardson, I think she was pretty convincing. I think the fact that the arctic is melting, the polar bears are dying and losing habitat, the ozone is depleating, and cancer’s omniprescence are clues enough to show us that our way of life cannot be sustained.

    I am not pro-abortion, I doubt you will ever meet anyone who is, but I am certainly against teen pregnancy and feel that the Republican approach of abstinance only “sex” education is a ludicrous joke that is being played on us all.

    If it is true that Palin has spoken the words “task from God” in reference to the Iraq War, then I, too am afraid for myself, my country, and my world. First of all, to bring God into politics is against the constitution, to say the least, but to then use God’s name to rationalize killing, destruction, trauma, and greed is the height of absurdity. Didn’t Jesus himself advocate turning the other cheek? I guess he meant in all cases besides spreading democracy, I think that must have been a footnote somewhere to which only the Christian Right have been made privy.

  6. tortillasdelote September 15, 2008 at 7:08 pm #

    Palin is no different than any Republican man that the tows the party line. Her vagina doesn’t make her a better candidate. Her proximity to Russia doesn’t maker her a better candidate. He Christianity doesn’t make her a better person or candidate. She’s more of the same ruling party we’ve had for that last 8 years.

    100,000+ DEAD IRAQIS (They’re human too)
    REPUBLICAN DEREGULATION, leading to financial system collapse. (See “The Keating Five”, see “Phil Gramm”)
    HOMOPHOBIC, yet they keep getting nabbed with men.
    BIGOTS, they believe their god is above all. It’s in the dictionary, look it up.
    RELIGIOUS HYPOCRITE don’t practice what they preach. Jesus? Anti-war. And McCains admitted repeated infidelity and divorce.
    DISBELIEF IN SCIENCE (See “global warming”, see “creationism”)
    FEAR MONGERING BORDERING OR RACISM, they keep insisting Osama is Muslim to spread fear or Muslims and blacks to ignorant voters (not you I’m sure)
    There’s more. But these are enough reasons not to vote Republican, with or without Palin on the ticket. She offers nothing but the same. Or worse.

  7. tortillasdelote September 15, 2008 at 7:11 pm #

    And yes you can criticize my spelling or grammar. Blame it on Republican education fund cuts!

  8. healingmagichands September 15, 2008 at 8:37 pm #

    Also let us not forget that the Bush administration not only lied about MWD to get us into an ill conceived war with Iraq, they ACTIVELY MANUFACTURED disinformation and disseminated it to other foreign powers and the people of America. If that doesn’t scare you, nothing will.

  9. tidewaterjackson September 15, 2008 at 11:02 pm #

    While this post is well written and passionate, I don’t see it changing anyone’s opinion. Leftists will nod in agreement while conservatives will say it’s all rumor and/or “typical liberal whining”

    I think this post and all of the comments to date miss the most basic point. Whatever your disagreement with this woman and her positions, she is simply not ready to be president should fate come calling.

    That’s what keeps me up at night. It would be like me substituting as a pilot on a 747 when the closest I’ve come to being a pilot is looking good in shirts with epaulettes.

    Tidewater Jackson

  10. Scarlet September 16, 2008 at 12:42 am #

    Step away from the election and take a look at what Cheney has been doing recently in Georgia, Russia & Pakistan all in line with Iran….oh let’s not forget that Rice was busy in Libya……and rumors of Bolivia being shaken up by America. All this is going on Under Bush who isn’t finished yet! Yeah you can find this info. if you dig because it isn’t ‘front page’ as Bush took care of that after 9/11.

    So whoever takes over this Administration will have to be very proficient, intelligent and grounded in diplomatic dialogue to smooth the chaos Bush’s posse has ignited from 8 years ago to this day. Experience won’t matter as much as composure & common sense. There will be no tele-prompters to read from & other countries don’t care about that stupid ‘bridge’ so Palin is out and McCain most certainly will lose his temper when Rove tries to guide him, so there we will be.

    Rejecting Palin isn’t about rejecting the Republican Party, but about her inability to communicate to all of us by finding a common ground instead of ‘her way is the only way’…..this she even does with her mentor McCain. Bottom line is it’s difficult to respect any person who talks ‘at me’ about herself & Dude & about ‘great things coming for America’ without reference to HOW she plans to do it.

    If the Democrats had chosen Palin, I’m sure that McCain and his hired Posse would have laughed themselves silly while putting her through a shredder.

  11. discourseincsharpminor September 16, 2008 at 1:58 am #

    I agree with Scarlet. As the world becomes more and more golbalized, the idea of “gun boat diplomacy” becomes less and less effective. The more one nation is seen as hostile, the less likely it is that other nations are to come to their aid if something tragic should happen. It could just be me, but isn’t steadily accumulating enemies and those “friends” who would love to see our nation brought down a peg or two a bad thing. I don’t see a diplomat on the Republican ticket and that coupled with their economic, and education plans makes me nervous.

  12. tortillasdelote September 16, 2008 at 10:07 am #

    I understand the point Scarlet is making. But discourseincsharpminor, on the issue of diplomats, back in March, 2000 McCain had a much different view on foreign Policy. “The first thing that I would do is call in John Kerry, Bob Kerrey, Joe Biden, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Henry Kissinger, Dick Lugar, Chuck Hagel, and several others and say, ‘We’ve got to get foreign policy, national security issues back on track.’” When asked the first thing he would do if elected President.
    Where was Palin? Shooting moose or having babies, but clearly not on the list.

  13. Tom Cordle September 16, 2008 at 12:50 pm #

    Fahrenheit 99654

    Associated Press / May 7, 2009. Washington, DC – In her first official act since assuming the Presidency yesterday, President Sarah Palin issued an executive order closing all public libraries in the United States and banning all books. Palin stated that like former President George W. Bush, she believed reading was a waste of time, and that people are better off spending their time clearing brush, racing snowmobiles and hunting moose.

    “Books are not only making our citizens less physically fit, they are weakening our moral fiber and destroying family values,” Palin added. She cited a study by the Department of Homeland Morality which found a precipitous decline in charitable contributions since the year 2000. She also quoted James Dobson, Secretary of Homeland Morality, as stating that sexual innuendo in books like East of Eden is a leading cause of teen pregnancy.

    Palin exempted the King James Bible from her order, claiming that books that disagreed with it were blasphemous; and books that agreed with it were superfluous. She also made an exception for the Left Behind series of books by authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, noting that “These books will help citizens prepare for the apocalypse — which I have scheduled for next Tuesday”.

    In a related move, President Palin also signed an order that will transport all confiscated books to Alaska to be used to heat hot tubs at a new hundred-million dollar health club in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.

    At a press conference following Palin’s announcement, Press Secretary Bill O’Reilly told the White House press corps that the book banning order should have come as no surprise. He cited as a precedent Palin’s very first action as the newly-elected mayor of Wasilla in 1996. He stated that even before being sworn-in as mayor, Palin had asked the town librarian Mary Ellen Emmons how to get books removed from the town’s public library. “Furthermore,” O’Reilly pointed out, “when Emmons refused to even consider book banning, Palin fired her.”

    Reporters protested that they could not have known about any of this because new mayor Palin had also issued an order requiring that all department heads obtain her direct permission before talking with any reporter on any subject at any time. O’Reilly countered that the dispute had been covered in the local newspaper and was a matter of public record. “President Palin made it perfectly clear what she saw as her first priority — then and now.”

    O’Reilly went on to further chastise the press. “As long as I’m Press Secretary, this podium is a No-Spin Zone, and I’m going to tell it like it is. The President’s first duty is to protect the people; and in a post 9-11 world, we can’t afford to let the radical ideas in books endanger the public.”

    ©2008 Tom Cordle

  14. Joe September 16, 2008 at 3:35 pm #

    All these claims about the library and other issues have been debunked. Just google it and you will see.

  15. plumeria September 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm #

    These are not facts….Eve I admire your work, but you disappoint me with this….you do not know Sarah Palin, so you cannot accuse her of this and that….she never banned books from a library…she only inquired about the process of banning books from a library…..and what makes you think she does not believe in sex education??? What kind of mother would want a pregnant 17 year old daughter?!?!? Well that’s something you would never know….maybe you should adopt a daughter so you can find out for yourself, or maybe even ask your partner if she will be ok with a sperm donor 😛 You and Sarah Palin are two totally different people, so I think you should just stick to saving vaginas and making money off of other women’s ups and downs.

    And to all of you who think the Bush Administration is the reason why we see the forefronts of another depression…..I suggest you all go and do some research and serious thinking….egs: The Housing Market Crisis
    di not start during the Bush Administration….it began from the Clinton Admninstration….since Democrats think they are so for the poor, Clinton decided to change policies to get low income people into the housing market…..it seemed great at that time to the American people, but Clinton’s Administration knew that there would be consequences in the future but they didn’t care because they wouldn’t be in the White House anymore….so of course Bush has to deal with it…..and the truth is…people can’t even afford houses and yet they make up all this other extra income…even brokers go out of their way to create extra pay stubs or verify employement for a job that doesn’t even exist…believe me I have seen it all….the War on Iraq….what were we supposed to do??? Sit around and have them attack us again??? Do you think it’s easy for one man to sit behind that desk and make decisions that govern the safety and well-being of billions of people???? No…but it’s his job….and everyone at the time was for the war….and Americans are so stupid sometimes…did you guys seriously think the war was going to last a couple of days??? Did you guys really think that no soldiers were going to die??? And when you balme Bush for all the dying soldiers, then their death has obviously been in vain. Gas prices….did you guys really think gas prices were going to stay at 60 cents a gallon forever???? I always knew that when it came my time to put gas in the car, it would cost me an arm and a leg.

    Oh btw, you worry about Sarah Palin being Chief Commander oneday???? I think you should worry more about Barak Obama being Chief Commander because the truth is……Palin’s resume shows much more potential than Obama’s.

  16. Chris Boese September 20, 2008 at 11:47 am #

    Great piece! Just a few items beg correction, to help its credibility.

    First, I see commenters consider the library banning incident in Wasilla as refuted. Maybe it is for lower 48 fact-checkers, but the attempt to fire the librarian over her resistance to the mayor’s attempt at book banning led to a movement of citizens defending the librarian, which prevented her firing. This was known by people living in Wasilla at the time (my parents), and was covered in the local paper. In other words, she was prevented from banning any books, but PEOPLE HAD TO FIGHT HER to prevent it, and apparently the librarian in the issue had such difficulties, she won’t even talk about it anymore.

    However, NO ONE in Alaska gets to just shoot 40 caribou at a clip. That is just silly. You have to apply for a caribou hunting permit, just like any other kind of hunt. I don’t know what the limit is any more, but NO ONE just slaughters caribou, and no one would take more than would fit in an average family’s set of freezers (mostly as sausage, as the meat doesn’t taste all that good). Caribou move around in big herds (all females and their young, as they don’t let male caribou into polite caribou society… there’s a feminist message in the caribou after all!), and the hunt is not challenging, but you do have to travel a ways into the interior to reach them, and have a big enough truck to haul your meat and equipment back.

    I have no clue whether Sarah Palin personally shot a single wolf from a plane, so factually, that is probably inaccurate, but directly, her work on expanding the wolf hunt is simply reprehensible.

  17. Tracee September 20, 2008 at 1:40 pm #

    Thanks Chris for the information!

  18. swingvoter September 21, 2008 at 9:29 am #

    fact: Sara Palin is a woman.
    fact: Sara Palin is a mother of 5
    fact: Sara Palin is an executive leader governing a state of the United States of America.
    fact: Sara Palin is the Republican candidate for Vice President.

    Ok, I won’t think about ideology and religious beliefs just yet. But so far the facts prove that she’s a leader and a woman with a family. Ok my daughter won’t have to trailblaze to the whitehouse if they are elected.

    As a non religious person I agree with separation of church and state but overall don’t see someone with faith as a bad person. Just the opposite, I think people with faith tend to be good people. I can’t think of any way anyone who actually stops to think about this could possibly disagree. Just compare the levels of charity and where the charity is going between the two groups. Without knowing the facts on this one I would bet everything that the religious right is by an order of magnitude more charitable than any other group of people in the world. That’s just a guess but the more I think about it, the more I know it must be true. The catholic church alone is a huge billion if not trillion dollar organization and has charity efforts of all kinds all over the world with millions of volunteers.

    Feminism isn’t about being gay or liberal. It’s about being a woman and having equal rights as men. Which still today seems to be an issue for some crazy reason. It’s about being a mother and not getting fired for putting your children before your work, or worse yet, being fired for getting pregnant. It’s about breast feeding your children and not getting thrown off a plane. It’s about being a woman and being proud as the genetically predisposed leaders of human family units. Or being a woman and being a proud openly gay person and not falling victim to bigotry. Or persecuted for or by religious beliefs, Muslim or Christian. So let’s give credit where credit is due, and worry about the details on whether the Republicans would do a better job in office or not.

    Plain and simple, Feminism does not equal Liberalism/progressivism. It’s so much more than that.

  19. BigWillieShakes September 23, 2008 at 12:12 am #

    Who are you Plumeria? Do YOU know Sarah Palin? I will take you more seriously if you cease to use question marks in excess like 15 year old AIM-er. Also, it is the job, and has been since the Ancient Greeks, for dramatists to reflect on the political goings on of their Country or other current events. I heartily resent that crack about the Vagina Monologues. Stick to showing your political opinions rather than discrediting yourself by being a jerk.

  20. beth September 28, 2008 at 9:37 am #

    It is rather amusing to see the “Palin truth squad” comments across the blogosphere, they often have a similar tone and flow as the Governor herself has demonstrated in the few interviews given.

    Beneath the attempts to polarize with empty rhetoric, lie real people with fears, mostly, and hopes. Be strong, keep reaching out, keep building the community based on truth and hope. I quite believe these are longitudinally more powerful than the politics of fear and shame and divisiveness.

  21. judy haley (coffeejitters) September 28, 2008 at 5:48 pm #

    I believe in God, so did Darwin

    I believe God gave us brains with the intent that we actually use them – this idea seems to frighten Palin

    Sarah Palin is bad for women
    Sarah Palin is bad for all Americans
    Sarah Palin is bad for the world at large

  22. Liza April 22, 2009 at 2:55 am #

    After reading this article, I just feel that I need more information on the topic. Can you share some resources ?

  23. Ron Prentice February 10, 2010 at 9:59 pm #

    Eve Enlser
    Is pathetic, not only is she an evolutionist but a bigot, a liar and above all a hate monger! She needs to get a life! She is Pro Obama, that Stands for One Bad Ass Mistake America! people like Ensler and the Head Black guy will put this country in far worse shape than any time in recent history!!!


  1. Disturbia « Space Traveler - September 16, 2008

    […] 5. The US Economy aka Disturbia Is anybody else seriously disturbed by the state of economy? Banks are failing, foreclosures are as common as as junk mail in your inbox, and there are too few jobs, most with rapidly srinking salaries. Suburbia is quickly sliding into Disturbia. I’m trying to get stable enough so that I can put my financial head down and try to weather an increasingly bleak future. Don’t even get me started on what might happen if the Republicans win the election this fall. I’m not the only one with this foreboding future on my mind-Eve Ensler weighs in on Palin. […]

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