A feature in the latest issue of The New York Times Magazine examines American women's ongoing fascination with Sarah Palin.
The feature, written by Lisa Belkin, tracks women's opinions of Palin from her first political appearance to her current book tour.
I consider this feature to be a trend piece. Even though it discusses women's reactions to Palin, its true focus is how these reactions have developed over time.
Belkin concludes that many American women love to hate Palin. Her outlandish statements and persona fascinate them, yet they hate that her unintelligible statements and far right policies are the current representation of women in American politics.
I think the feature flows well and makes good comparisons between Palin's rise to stardom and a high school popularity contest.
My criticism is that Belkin's quotes are sparse and do not contribute much to the story.