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Are you a feminist?

Simple question, right?

person whose beliefs and behavior are based on feminism.

1 : the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes
2 : organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests

Not for Sarah Palin.

Last month she answered “I do,” when Katie Couric asked if she considered herself a feminist, but check out the transcript of her equally inept and evasive response to Brian Williams when asked the same question on NBC Nightly News last night. (The second paragraph’s my favorite).

PALIN: I’m not going to label myself anything, Brian. And I think that’s what annoys a lot of Americans, especially in a political campaign, is to start trying to label different parts of America, different backgrounds, different–I’m not going to put a label on myself. But I do believe in women’s rights, I believe in equal rights, and I am so thankful I was brought up in a family where really gender has never been an issue. I was expected, growing up in a–in a family that was very athletic, very active, very much into equal opportunities and education and everything else, to–I was expected to do the same thing that the guys were doing. And that has been a good foundation, too, for me in the position that I’m now as his running mate, understanding that, hey, gender’s not going to–this isn’t going to hold me back.

In fact, it’s time for women to be provided that opportunity to finally shatter that highest and hardest glass ceiling that is still in place in America’s political system. But we’re going to shatter that because I think more and more American women are recognizing, `Right on. We’ve got someone whom we can believe in also, someone who is committed to putting our country first, who recognizes that the life/family balance that’s so necessary, as we try to progress our families and the businesses that we own.’ We recognize that they can see and be someone committed to protecting our small businesses so that more jobs can be created, someone who is committed, also, to supporting John McCain in the strategies that we need in place to win these wars so that our families, our children are safe in this homeland. So I’m not going to label myself feminist or not, but I do believe that American women can recognize in me an advocate and a friend. And I want to be in the White House for them.