Tuesday, September 02, 2008

It has to be called misogyny

About Sarah Palin:

The loyal Republicans I chat with on this site are ecstatic about Sarah Palin but, after speaking with friends here in the heartland, I'm saddened with what I've heard.

Indeed, the argument that Palin doesn't have the time to be vice president, resonates with women I have spoken to here in Indiana. They don't believe women should work when they have young children (and come to think of it -- neither do I!). They don't believe in the woman the democrats love to push who 'has it all' and who does it all. Even the Democrat women I know, are parttime workers and fulltime mothers (and they are pro-life.)

But I've also found another sentiment, a darker sentiment, among Democrat and Republican women here in Indiana: They don't like women in power. They REALLY don't like handsome women in power. They aren't prepared to give her a chance.

Beware: Misogyny is alive and well -- in women.


Anonymous Kevin S. Willis said...

Yeah, well, misogyny has always been alive and well in women. I think it's in the DNA.

Sarah Palin is a babe, so she's going to get a double-dose of it. Conservative babes get attacked without mercy, from all quarters.

Indeed, the argument that Palin doesn't have the time to be vice president, resonates with women I have spoken to here in Indiana.

True or not, I'm not sure that's a reason to vote down the ticket. I think she'd make a fine VP, frankly, and all the kids probably will help inform her decisions than, say, being childless. She seemed to manage all right as governor of Alaska with lots of children. And while being pregnant. As VP, she won't be lacking for support in child care, even taking care of a special needs child.

I remain ecstatic about Sarah Palin, for multiple reasons. Even if they don't win, just getting her onto the national stage is a boon to conservatives. And, while she is a parent, sometimes some folks take on the harder jobs--like being Veep and a parent--and we can understand it. Fathers go out to serve in the army, and some don't come back. And there absence is felt for their tour of duty, even if they do return. We understand that, because we know they are doing something important.

I'm not particularly sympathetic to women who don't want to stay at home so they can have a second car or a vacation home. But if they are serving their country, or going to help keep a left-leaning McCain presidency on the right course, I understand completely why she would choose to walk a tightrope between her public service and raising her young children.

Women in power is always going to be a problem. Lots of women don't like the idea. That's never going to change. It hurt Hillary, it may hurt Palin. On the other hand, the right women end up succeeding despite that. Don't forget the British Ronald Reagan: Margaret Thatcher.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope those women realize that someone who leaves her children to work is SOOOO MUCH BETTER than one who kills 'em.

12:21 AM  

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