Lisa Belkin makes a statement with her feature on the public's fascination with Sarah Palin in the latest issue of The New York Times Magazine. Belkin explains why women dislike Palin the most.
Contrary to what one would expect, women are the least supportive of Palin's political career. They feel that Palin is in fact a step backward in the feminist movement because she doesn't have much to offer beyond looks.
This feature is more of a trend story than a profile. Although the subject is Sarah Palin, the story examines a trend surrouding Palin rather than looking exclusively at her. The trend is that women were unsure of their feelings toward Palin at first, but quickly dismissed her as an embodiment of everything they fight against.
A clever metaphor assimilating life to high school casts Palin as the popular, head cheerleader and "today's educated, ambitious women" as the student council presidents and debate team members. I liked this style of writing because it offers a visual explanation of the phenomenon Belkin is drawing our attention toward.
What I didn't like about this feature was how dramatic it is. Belkin puts so much energy in portraying Palin as this monster, or woman everyone "loves to hate."
Another aspect of this feature I didn't like was that is was slightly confusing. Belkin seemed to contradict herself in emphasizing how unpopular Palin is among women yet she likens her to the popular "head cheerleader."