Beep, Beep, Beep

3 Sep

Like the constant, annoying sound of a beeping alarm, the media just woke the feminist side of me up.  The unfair and judgmental coverage of Governor Sarah Palin is something that every woman in America should be insulted by.  Shame on the countless editorial writers, bloggers, political commentators and reporters for questioning Palin’s ability to balance both her career and child-rearing home life.  Last time I checked, this was 2008 – not 1950.  (Just checked again, and sure enough…I don’t see any poodle skirts around.)  This should be a non-issue, because it is a non-issue.  

No one ever asks a male candidate if he will be able to “do it all” – have a successful political career, and raise his children without shortchanging one, or both.  Think about that for a second.  Have you ever tuned in to see four people on a news network discussing if a male candidate is putting his own ambitions above his family?  I have not.  Has anyone indicated that Barak Obama and his wife Michelle (who both work, by the way) are not equipped to handle the pressures of being President and First Lady and raising their two daughters, Malia and Sasha?  What about John and Cindy McCain?  Has anyone questioned their ability to balance their careers and their family life with four children?  Not that I can find.  As a woman, I resent this double standard.  Palin should not be held to a different standard than any other nominee.  

The allegations that she faked her pregnancy with son Trig, and that he really belongs to her daughter, are insulting and tasteless.  (Someone has watched one too many episodes of Desperate Housewives.)  The idea that she can’t be Vice President of the United States and still be a good mother is laughable.  (My own mother was divorced, taught elementary school, worked as a waitress at night, got her master’s degree while doing both and raised two children without a staff or cabinet members, so call me crazy, but I’m not all that worried about Palin’s kids here.)  To question her ability to lead because her seventeen-year-old daughter is pregnant is absurd.  (When you were seventeen, I’m sure you heeded all of your parents advice, right?)

Discount her experience in politics, or her decisions made while in office – that is par for the course.  You can even talk until you are blue in the face about whether or not she was properly vetted.  Do not, however, discount her ability to be a good mom and the Vice President.  Most women have superpowers that men can’t even fathom, so take a different (and less desperate), angle.

2 Responses to “Beep, Beep, Beep”

  1. Anonymous September 3, 2008 at 8:55 pm #

    yes…yes…yesenough said

  2. dday515 September 3, 2008 at 8:58 pm #

    Here here. And I’m a democrat.

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