Rumours abound that Sarah Palin has had breast enhancement surgery.
Here’s the pictorial evidence: What do you think?
I’d say, of course she did, but not because of the evidence, (her breasts, suddenly, so…perky, beneath her shirt,) but …because she’s Sarah Palin.
Why wouldn’t she have breast enhancement surgery?
It is hard, as a card-carrying, pro-choice, pro-education-for-woman-woman, beat-men-at-their-own-game- feminist, not to be confounded by the rise and rise of Sarah Palin.
She seems, like an example of very black joke, to be the woman who does, says, believes in everything we, as ambitious young girls, were taught NOT to believe in and yet, who succeeds.
For a joke, however, she’s being taken deadly seriously.
And, if she’s not a joke, what exactly is she?
The girl who plays dumb in order to get what she wants?
The woman who wants power and wants perky, big breasts?
The simpleton, who has one lethal skill – lets say, charisma – and who gets rewarded, over and over, for it?
In a few very short years, she has accumulated the massive power, money and the freedom to do and say exactly what she likes.
While her admiring public applauds.
To women like myself, she’s a close cousin of Posh Spice, and the unlikely sistah of JuJu Malema, with her very own unstoppable secret-weapon: “Disenfranchised Middle-American-Girl-Power” and “People Power.”
While I may not admire her values, her beliefs or her brain, you cannot but grudgingly admire her drive, her cunning, her ability to succeed, even while her belief system directly challenges your own.
Think you have to work hard and stick with a job to succeed? Not the woman who bailed out of her governorship, when a better-paid, less-challenging option (Highly paid public speaking gigs! No direct accountability to the public! Even better paid reality shows!) became available.
Believe you have to be smarter, more educated than the men, in order to climb any ladder towards power and influence? *
Er, not if you’re smart enough to realise that there are millions of people who feel alienated. patronised and diminished by “smart” people – and that these millions will be your willing army, if you just carry on playing the role of their voice against the “elite.”
Want to grab all the yummy goodies you want out of life (the money, the opportunities, the perks, the private jets and fancy cars) while still preaching that down-home folksiness and pretending to be “one of the people?”
Go ahead. Get on the tender list, sign that reality show contract, have as many breast enhancement surgeries as you like, all the while, (as per Posh,) repeating that you’ve had no cosmetic surgery at all.
You want great power and influence, and, yet, also, a great rack?
Decide that being “taken seriously” is not the highest priority, and watch the doors open in front of you.
A nice gig if you can get it?
For your consideration: If Hillary, or Margaret Thatcher, or Condoleeza, had had breast enhancement surgery, their brands would be irreversibly dented. Their public’s notions of who they are in the world are linked with them charting an upright course.
Of being “serious” and “dignified.”
Of being “respected.”
They had to be tougher, smarter, harder, better-equipped to do the jobs they did.
Remember the fuss over Hillary’s changing hairstyles?
Well, that’s one way for a high-profile woman to go.
Palin, of course, has none of those problems.
Pitching the bar low brings it’s own rewards.
Juju’s highest qualification may well be a failed Woodwork Std 8 exam, but …hell. That makes him a man of the people.
Posh got the largest round of applause on the Spice Girls comeback concert, for walking!
(Her voice, alone amongst her 5 band-mates was not considered strong enough for a solo.)
The Leading Light of millions of people in America wants new breasts?
No Big Deal.
Palin will not be damaged one single bit by an action, such as this, which demonstrates, what some may see as her shortcomings.
Not to her fans.
After all, “To know her is to love her.”
And “She’s just like us!”
And, her female fans, (the marginalised, patronised, outsiders,) may, too, secretly believe – buying in to the mantra of The Almighty Doctor 90210 – that “new breasts will make me more confident, make me a better person and help me be the woman I really want to be.”
And, as they do, identify wildly with her.
* Wasn’t it Bella Abzug who said we will have true equalilty only when a female schmuck is voted onto a board as easily and frequently as a male schmuck?