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- n. A woman who lives on the frontier.
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- n. The female equivalent of a frontiersman.
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- n. a woman who lives on the frontier
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Many political commentators seem to have seized on the idea that Sarah Palin is a "frontierswoman," an old-time pioneer rather than a standard political type.
"frontierswoman" aspect of Palin's profile, and astutely took apart the reasons why that can-do, gun-toting Annie Oakley image so quickly and firmly grabbed hold of GOP convention delegates and the press.
The point is that behind her flawless façade and frontierswoman packaging, Palin draws strength from visions of violence.
The point is that behind her flawless faÃ§ade and frontierswoman packaging, Palin draws strength from visions of violence.
This U.S. frontierswoman, scout, Indian fighter and performer grew up in Montana and worked in mining camps, where she acquired riding and shooting skills.
The whole media fracas caused by Palin's image as a rough-and-tumble moose-hunting frontierswoman was largely fabricated, an acquaintance told Gross:
In their dreamy vision, this Alaskan frontierswoman is (for J.R. Dunn in the American Thinker), "stalwart, stoic, tough, capable, but at the same time remaining feminine, deferring to the man."
But given Palin's provenance, perhaps the commentators have in mind a cold-weather version of the frontierswoman?
In deeming Sarah Palin a frontierswoman, commentators have managed to get it backwards.
In this election year at least, the prototypical frontierswoman is being cast as steady and strong, deferential and devoted, and most important of all, absolutely gorgeous.