Saturday, September 6, 2008

Yes, Sarah Palin sucks, but...

Now, I admit there are plenty of reasons to dislike this broad. Her position on drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, her support of abstinence-only programs (which apparently don't even work in her own home, never mind in schools across the nation!), her cozy relationship to indicted Senator Ted Stevens, which she now denies. Her support of the “bridge to nowhere”, which she conveniently supported until the $398 million were sent to her state for the project, and then were not returned to the federal government when the deal fell through. As a small town mayor her first act was to go to the local library and ask how she would go about banning books. She vehemently opposes the addition of polar bears to the endangered species list, because it might interfere with a $35 million oil pipeline she wants built, and that pesky Endangered Species Act means that the oil industry must limit the production of greenhouse gases where endangered species make their habitat. Fucking obnoxious polar bears. So anyway, Sarah Palin sucks.

HOWEVER, I resent he implication that Sarah Palin is not capable of being VP, SIMPLY because she has a newborn baby. Now, I can agree that she is an inexperienced tool bag, and I hate her stance on ALL issues and clearly she is woefully, inadequately equipped to be one heartbeat away from the presidency. But I do not agree that because she is a mother of young children she is unable, or should not attempt to run for a powerful office. There are plenty of other reasons to dislike her, this should not be one of them.

Not only do I feel like this is a bad commentary on the archaic view society still has of women, but it disgusts me that people still think that men are incapable of rearing children just as well as, or even better than, a woman. I know my husband got up with kids at night, sat up with sick kids, he does laundry, he does dishes, he changes diapers. And, let's face it, the VP is going to have a lot of staff at her disposal, so laundry, dishes and mealtime aren't really going to be on her daily to-do-list.

When I look at men like Joe Biden, who was a widower and almost turned down his Senatorial seat to care for his young boys, and Obama, who has young girls, I see men who seem to be able to balance both. By all accounts, Clinton was a very involved father, attending dance recitals and parent/teacher conferences. I do not think these men are incredible by today's standards. Maybe, just maybe, more men would be encouraged to be the primary caregiver and more involved parents if they see examples of powerful men balancing work and family.

I think it is a sad double standard in our nation that we expect women to give up careers for the sake of kids, or that we think that men who care for children somehow become more feminine and less manly. On the flip side, when a woman is strong, or powerful, we call her manly, or a bitch. Why can't it be up to a woman, her husband and their family to decide what is best for them and how the duties will fall?

Oh and in case you haven’t heard, “Bitches get stuff done”. – Tina Fey
(We just may not like exactly what this bitch gets done, just saying.)

3 People Are Feeling Nostalgic:

Kim said...

Very, very well said. Just another reason I <3 you girlie! :)

Julia Gulia said...

i believe that the right wing created the notion that democrats were criticizing her b/c she's a mom, just so they could yell SEXIST!!! and get away with it. the whole thing is gross. she is exploiting her baby and her 17-year-old daughter for political gain, in my opinion.

Liberal I am. Bonafide I be. said...

I can't help but to laff at that pic! OMG