I just read an article that struck a chord with me, Sarah_Palin_and_the_Double_Standard It’s a good article, as far as it goes. She says that many are asking, ” Should a mother with five children, one of them a pregnant teen and another an infant with special needs, be running for vice president?” and then makes the point that no one asks this question about a man. Since I’m happy to be a stay-at-home mom, I confess that I can’t imagine doing what Sarah Palin is doing, BUT I think the article misses a key question:
Would anyone be asking those questions if Sarah Palin were a Democrat??
I think not. If she were on the Democratic ticket, for instance, I would guess that the reports we’d hear would point out her unselfishness in choosing to birth a child with Downs syndrome, her bravery in standing up to big oil corporations, and applaud her determination to better this country for the sake of her children. We’d hear that she is just an average American with simple tastes, while the opposition lives in a mansion. We’d get a feature story on her 17 year old pregnant daughter, lauding her courage and strength in a difficult situation. Miss Palin would become a poster girl for some Democratic program for unwed mothers.
The bias that we see in the media is almost laughable sometimes because it’s so obvious. Why don’t more Americans see it? (Is this related to the dumbing down of the schools over the past few decades?)