So Sarah Palin is John McCain’s choice for VP. Good to see a woman on one of the major tickets, especially with Hillary Clinton’s loss of the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, but let’s not kid ourselves here: an extra X-chromosome does not a woman-friendly candidate make. Palin has never been shy about calling herself a staunchly pro-life advocate and is a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association. Forget experience (or lack thereof). I’ve admired her as a professional for a long time, since reading about her in a magazine article several months ago that profiled successful, up-and-coming women. She’s smart, capable and obviously charismatic.
But. But. Her very conservative views will do women no favors. Without the fundamental right to control our reproduction, our right to determine what is best for us, our bodies, and our futures, we’ll always be second-class citizens in this country.