The choice of photo for the cover of this week’s Newsweek is unfortunate. When it comes to Sarah Palin, this “news” magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant. The Runner’s World magazine one-page profile for which this photo was taken was all about health and fitness – a subject to which I am devoted and which is critically important to this nation. The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now. If anyone can learn anything from it: it shows why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, gender, or color of skin. The media will do anything to draw attention – even if out of context.
As we’re well aware by now, when conservatives put Sarah Palin and sexism in the same sentence, it’s about 98% certain that the result will be utterly nonsensical.
The photo she’s referring to was a part of an August 2009 Runner’s World pictorial, taken when she was Governor of Alaska, after she had run for Vice President and likely right about the time she decided to resign and begin her current career path of running around places being Sarah Palin. The problem with crying “sexism” about Newsweek’s use of this picture is that it’s photo she took for calculated appeal being used to show her calculated political appeal.
If you’re a politician, you don’t trip and fall into the feature article and photo spread in a nationwide magazine. No governor of a state and former vice presidential candidate stands up in front of a professional photographer with an American flag draped over a chair…just because.
Her own attack on Newsweek belies the complete inanity of her offense. “The Runner’s World magazine one-page profile for which this photo was taken was all about health and fitness – a subject to which I am devoted and which is critically important to this nation. The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now.” So, even as you get angry because they took your Runner’s World photo which is completely and totally unrelated to your political persona, you make sure everyone knows how deeply concerned you are about our nation’s fitness. Because that’s just a thing you do.
It’s hard to argue the sexism of others when you’re portrayed exactly as you yourself chose to be portrayed. If there is one thing that Sarah Palin controls, it’s the motherfucking several-hour-long photo shoots she signs herself up for. But she does know the word “sexism”, so she might as well use it. Tomorrow’s word? Perpendicular.