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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 
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?
 
 
Eve Ensler
September 5, 2008